My favorite kind of flowering plant is the phalaenopsis orchid. Don’t ask me to pronounce that because I get tongue tied, lol. 😖 Phalaenopsis orchids are also known as moth orchids because of the moth-like appearance of their flowers. It’s a bit ironic how much I love orchid flowers because I actually am scared of real flying moths. Their wing patterns creep me out.
I obtained my first orchid a year ago at IKEA. Then I got another from Home Depot and a third from Trader Joe’s. All three are miniature phalaenopsis orchids and make great desk plants since they don’t take up too much space. Price wise, the mini orchids at Trader Joe’s are cheapest at $5.99 per orchid. The bigger ones are $9.99.
A few days ago, I was excited to purchase two more at TJ’s. Seeing a whole shelf of orchids makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I almost wanted to take all of them home with me. It’s a dream of mine to one day have a whole greenhouse of orchids. ☺️
With my very first orchid, I was pretty ignorant and didn’t know a single thing about how to care for it. I made a lot of mistakes in the beginning, including underwatering and overwatering the orchid, which kinda screwed up my orchid’s root system. One of my go-to consultants about orchid care is a Youtuber named MissOrchidGirl, whose videos are so helpful and informative. Through her, I was able to learn the proper way to water an orchid, how to tell if an orchid is sick, what to do after an orchid’s flowers fall off naturally, how to repot an orchid, etc. However, I am by no means an expert on orchid plants. Some problems with orchids I have yet to have real-life experience with, such as the accursed crown rot that can cause a lot of damage to the plant.