Live Orchid Live

I realize that just a couple of weeks ago I posted an article that went into great detail about how I would like my orchid to die already.  Which is true, there are times I wish my orchid would just die already.

And then, conversely, there are other times when I want it to live.  I’m fickle like that.  That’s my boyfriend’s most favourite quality of mine.  That and my inability to follow even the most basic of plot lines in movies.  Huh?  What?  What are they doing now?  Why is that guy’s head all in pieces?  That other guy shot him???    Oh HE’s the bad guy!?   That reminds me of the last episode of Project Runway, let me tell you about it … what? He also finds that very charming.

So here’s a quick fix for when your orchid is technically still alive, but the flowers have gone to crap.

And let me just say, I am normally AGAINST any sort of silk, plastic or otherwise fake flowers.  Florists sometimes call them “Everlasting”.  They think it sounds classier.  It reminds me of funerals and the great beyond.

What you need:

Orchid plant (sans the flowers)

2 sticks

2 little butterfly clip things

2 fake (uh … sorry … everlasting) orchid stems  (got mine of course, at Dollar Store … but you can find MUCH nicer ones at florists or garden centres)

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves …. please enjoy.

Step #1

Slightly wilted orchid

Step #2

2 fake orchids, 2 sticks, 2 butterfly clips

Step #3

insert sticks into pot

Step #4

insert flowers beside sticks and clip. Ta da!

To make it a bit more realistic, I pulled off a few of the flowers so it wasn’t quite so “perfect” looking. I also tucked one of the flowers  under a leaf, to make it look like one had died and dropped off.  Just keepin’ it real.  Yo.

Granted … if you were to spend more than $2 on the silk orchids, you’d get a much nicer result.  But once this plant is off in a corner no one will everlasting know it isn’t real.

Total Cost:

$2 ( for Dollar Store flowers).

(already had the pot, sticks, clips and orchid)



  1. Karen says:

    Hi Y – this particular pot came from a previous greenery arrangement from Costco. Which they don’t have anymore. Sorry I couldn’t have been more help.

  2. y says:

    where did you get your pot? it’s gorgeous.

  3. susie says:

    Brilliant. I have several orchids that only bloom every couple of years. Ok, one of them blooms once a year, but last year I neglected it just long enough that the buds all deflated and…fell…off. I had worked hard to get the damn things to that stage, and then figuring they were in their self-sufficent adolescent stage, abandoned them.


    But now, thanks to you, totally fixable!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susie! I just took a quick look at your blog. It’s fascinating! Addictive. Your tag line is hilarious.

      Yeah, I know … stick a fake one in it. Took me about 10 years to figure that one out, so don’t feel bad! :) btw … I too have done what you did. Got them almost ready to bloom and then somehow ended up either killing them or accidentally knocking the big fat buds off. :(

  4. I just realized Liz said “nakey”. That’s awesome.

  5. At least I am not the only stalker on your blog ;)

    Any advice on actually keeping an orchid alive? Maybe you could do a post on it? I bought one about two weeks ago and it seems to be thriving, but that scares me. Aren’t orchids supposed to be impossible to keep alive?

  6. Liz says:

    It truly irks me that i have been looking at a nakey orchid for the past 10 months (seriously, i got the thing for my birthday LAST MAY, nearly killed it by overwatering and it is only just responding by growing new roots now) and i had never thought of doing that.

    You = clever.

    Liz x

    P.S I am aware i’m slightly stalking your comments section today. Sorry.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, Liz now that you mention it, it really kind of annoys me when people actually look at my blog, post nice comments and they say they’re going to use my ideas. You’re a real jerk, you know?

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