How Much Do Orchids Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

Ranging in different types, orchids have diverse colors and are perfect for corsages, decorations and even for an elegant display at a wedding.

Orchid by Brett Levin Photography, on Flickr
Orchid” (CC BY 2.0) by  Brett Levin Photography

How much do orchids cost?

The cost of orchids will depend on the type, where you live, the time of year and where you plan on purchasing them.  On average, the prices can range from as little as $20 to more than $150 for 10 to 20 stems.  Rare colors are expected to be a lot pricier than a common color.

At Amazon.com, for instance, the highly rated purple dendrobium orchids retail for less than $30 for 10 stems.

Prices for an orchid corsage can cost anywhere from $15 to $40, depending on the type, color and number of blooms.

Seedlings can cost anywhere from $7 to $20 per pack, again, depending on the type.

With so many colors to choose from, refer to our table below to see what the most popular and rare colors may cost.

TypeAverage Price (per stem)
Blue Tinted Dendrobium$3
Brown Dendrobium$3
Chocolate Cymbidium$30
Dark Lavender Cymbidium$22
Green Cymbidium$22
Green Tinted Dendrobium$3
Hot Pink Cymbidium$22
Hot Pink Dendrobium$3
Lavender Dendrobium$3
Light Pink Cymbidium$22
Light Pink Dendrobium$3
Orange Cymbidium$22
Peppermint Red Cymbidium$22
Red & Orange Cymbidium$23
White & Pink Cymbidium$22
White Catalaya$16
White Cymbidium$22
White Dendrobium$3
Yellow & Red Dendrobium$3
Yellow Cymbidium$22
Yellow Dendrobium$3

NOTE:  Most florists will make you purchase 30 to 50 stems at a time, and generally, the more you purchase, the lower the price can be.




Orchids overview

There are more than 30,000 species or orchids, yet there are two common varieties found when you want to make a purchase:  Phalaenopsis, also known as moth orchids, and the Dendrobium, also referred to as a cane orchid.   The Phalaenopsis species will have rounder flowers with a pronounced lip that grows on an angle, growing on a single stalk.  These orchids are usually white, pink, purple or a mix of two colors.  The Dendrobium species will have smaller flowers that will grow in rows, rising from the thicker can with several clusters.

If you purchase an orchid either online or in a store, it will more than likely be at the point of blooming and will commonly be potted in a plastic pot with moss around the roots.

Tips to know:

To care for your orchids, the warmer your room is, the short the lifespan will be once cut.  If you want to prolong the orchid’s life, be sure to keep them in a cooler place and away from open windows.

As the largest family of flowering plants in the world, orchids have an estimated 30,000+ species.

An orchids needs vary by variety.  Phalaenopsis, for example, is one of the easiest to take care of.  It requires bright but indirect light, and its flowers last for quite some time.  They are also one of the most common to find.

MNN.com talked about the seven most expensive flowers, with the Shenzhen Nongke orchid listed at number three, once selling for $202,000 at a local auction.

How can I save money?

Check out your local grocery store for a small bouquet for less than $20.  Trader Joe’s, for instance, often offers small bunches for less than $20.  Whole Foods Market sells orchids in a 4′ pot for as little as $10 to $20, with a variety of colors to choose from.

Buying in bulk can often bring the cost per stem down.  At Sam’s Club, for example, they sell 70 stems, with prices ranging from $144 for a purple and white bicolor to $138 for a Mokara pink variety.


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