Not so long ago, Megan asked about plants that do well in bathrooms. Well, may I introduce you to the “Orchid Rescue and Relief Society,” AKA: my bathroom.
A few years ago I visited Hawaii to see some friends who are now living it up in paradise. While I was there, I absolutely fell ass-over-tea-kettle in love with orchids. I HAD to have one of these gorgeous plants — but how?
Well, my trip to the local flower shop and home improvement store turned up some orchids, sure — for $25.00 a piece. OUCH! So what’s a poor girl to do? Well, I did what I usually do in cases where I can’t afford something: I dumpster dive!
It turns out that when plants (especially orchids) lose their blooms, these fantastic plants end up in the dumpster or on serious clearance… I’m talking a $25 orchid for under $5! Most people don’t want a plant that doesn’t have flowers on it, but hey — I’m not picky.
Once I got my orchids home, I realized I had absolutely no space for them. Not only that, but my super-dry apartment was going to slowly kill my little friends. My solution: the bathroom.
I started keeping these guys on the sink or in hanging pots, and they went BONKERS. Since I have a window, they get plenty of indirect sunlight, plus humidity and heat from steam! These plants have been super low-maintenance and they flower on a regular basis. So, if you are looking for a bathroom-friendly plant, look no further than rescued orchids.
Here are my suggestions for orchid rescue:
- Never pay full price. Plants without blooms need love too!
- Orchids need air. In fact, they have little “air roots” that they send out to capture moisture from the air when they are happy. So pick a pot that has open holes or sides so your plant can expand its roots.
- As for soil, my orchids have done best when planted in wood chip mixes (ask your local garden supply store). This lets them drain easily and allows moisture and air into the roots.
- Make sure your plants get some indirect light. Don’t keep them too close to window that gets full sun because they WILL BURN!