So, An Orchid And A Succulent Walk Into A…


So, An Orchid And A Succulent Walk Into A…

When I walk into a greenhouse or supermarket, I always get really excited about seeing fresh new orchids and succulents on display.

Like a kid in a candy store I squeal with excitement! It sounds silly but I do! It never occurs to me that wherever the plant , green or flowering , arrived from they are not healthy and happy. Maybe if the plants last that long at the market they can get a little drab without a little sun,  tender love and care. Even then, if I decide to take that plant home, I assess it and decide what the plants needs might be.

I believe that every greenhouse takes pride of ownership like we do here at Plainview Growers. Our orchid plants are healthy, watered and fertilized before they leave our greenhouse. We take the time to choose the pots they come in. Fitting every décor or color option is not an easy task!  The same extra mile goes for the succulents.  Very little fretting over these plants is necessary.

Here are a couple of great ideas for when you receive your plants for your home:

  • Find a nice indirect sunny spot for your plants new home. Too much sun can give them a sun burn and cause fading.
  • DO NOT WATER. It’s a real good chance that the orchid and succulent are watered and do not need much more than that at this time.
  • Thoroughly read the directions the plant came with. It’ll give you a few pointers on how to take care of your plant.
  • Not necessary to re-pot or replant your orchid or succulent when you first receive it. We took the time and effort to do that for you!
  • Orchids and succulents DO NOT like if you are OVER ATTENTIVE to them. They prefer a casual hello,  how are you?  over mindless chatter.  Leave them  to do their own thing. It’ll make them happy 🙂
  • Ice freezes them. Orchids are a tropical plant and succulents are grown in Mexico. What would happen if you put ice down your back? Use a shot glass filled with water instead.
  • Low water low water low water low water low water plants.
  • Low care low care low care low care low care low care plants.
  • Sit back and enjoy your new friends.

Please contact me with any questions and I’ll be happy to answer them for you!


Aneta Zurawski

Aneta is your "go-to" person here at Plainview who will answer your questions on how to best care for your gorgeous new Plainview Growers plant. She wears many hats, and serves as our photographer, plant stylist and nascent flower blogger.

  • Ken Charles
    Posted at 9:53 AM, May 11, 2017

    Aneta: We purchased a colorfuze orchid at xmas time a year and a half ago. The leaves are healthy and the plant keeps growing more roots, but no spikes. Can one of the roots if turned upward grow into a spike? What should we do to get more flowers?

  • Linda Haag
    Posted at 3:36 PM, April 21, 2020

    The leaves on my orchid look wilted and not real healthy. It faces south with a pool screen enclosure. It gets light but not alot of direct sunlight. I don’t have much knowledge about these beautiful plants but I do enjoy them. Can you give me tips? I need advice! Thanks so much.

    • Mary Makar
      Posted at 12:04 PM, May 2, 2020

      Anita, I was gifted an orchid last year..We enjoyed the blooms twice, since then there is new leaf growth, but no new spikes & blooms. What do I need to do to get it to grow spikes & to bloom again?

  • Nicole DIGiusto
    Posted at 8:36 AM, December 11, 2020

    Hello- I just bought a huge arrangement with a succulent and orchid potted together. Does one need more or less water than the other? I know that succulents require much less attention than an orchid. I didn’t have much luck with my last orchid so I want to make sure I care for this one properly! Thanks so much in advance! Stay safe & happy holidays! Nicole

  • Posted at 11:01 PM, May 17, 2021

    I had my Orchid for 12 days and I put it in a larger pot with soil. Did I mess up and will it still continue to bloom?

  • Tom Patterson
    Posted at 3:13 PM, July 16, 2023

    Where can I get information on the care and maintenance of orchids

  • Lorraine Quarry
    Posted at 10:13 PM, October 6, 2023

    I have a succulent plant that is completely outgrowing the small pot in which it came. My question is, how do I replant it and how big and what type of pot would I need?? Also what is the best soil for this plant?

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