$250 Orchid vs. $10 Orchid

Ground Orchid Plants

I got two pots of ground orchids last month.  While the orchid with yellow and green leaves was fairly expensive (HKD 250), the other one was dirt cheap (only HKD 10, less than USD 1.5).  In fact, I didn’t really buy the 10-dollar orchid, but just got it as a giveaway from the orchid shop.  And this is my first time growing orchid.  Even though both orchids look equally beautiful, I had more expectation on the one with yellow and green leaves.  Hey, this orchid cost 25 times more.  It must be better!

Ground Orchid Plants

However, the yellow-and-green-leaved orchid is not doing very well.  Before I can fully enjoy the beautiful leaves and blossoms of the orchid, its roots have turned brown and rotten. I think I have over-watered this orchid, since there was a foul odor when I was trying to rescue it by removing all its dead roots and leaves.  Hopefully, this baby will survive.

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On the other hand, without any special attention or additional care, the 10-dollar orchid is thriving and blossoming gorgeously!

My lesson learnt – Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.  So, instead of holding on to some expectations, let’s just enjoy and learn from whatever life brings 🙂