Have you ever lusted over beautiful orchid arrangements in flower shops, specialty stores, or even your favorite magazines? Well, I wanted to show you how you can recreate the expensive look for under $20.

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I stopped at Walmart this afternoon for a few essentials and saw that they had just received a huge shipment of orchids. They were “value” priced at $10. After looking through 30-40 orchids, I found one that was in pretty good shape.

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I also checked out their other indoor plants and saw this awesome bromeliad for $5. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but couldn’t find any for less than $20. I also picked up a bag of orchid potting soil. I was thrilled when I found this little guy. So, for $20 I was going to have a brand new indoor arrangement.

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I went home and grabbed an orchid pot that was sitting in my basement. (Granted, if you don’t have one of these at home, this project may cost a little more. However once you buy one, you should have it forever. I recommend picking up something neutral so it can work anywhere in your home.)

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I just tucked both plants into the orchid pot and filled in soil around them. I think these plants look beautiful on their own, but when you put them in the same pot, that’s when the magic happens.

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I trimmed a few leaves off the bromeliad so that the two plants fit nicely together. I also cut off dry or brown pieces. For the leaves that just had dry ends, I cut a V-shape into the leaves, removing the bad portion. I think this dresses up the plant and gives it some interest. Eventually, the place you cut will turn brown, but you can just give it another quick trim.

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

For a little seasonal touch, I added a white pumpkin.

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

I’m not sure where this little beauty will end up, but I did have fun finding a spot for it in my office. Any time I paint a wall in my house, I always have fun playing around with colors to see what looks best. I really like the pink with the mint. The bronze adds a bit of bling.

I found this horribly deformed white pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch. Naturally I had to bring it home with me.

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I love this type of indoor arrangement. The flowers on the orchid should last for a few months if given the right light and care. At that point, I can leave it as is and hope it will rebloom, or for $10, I can replace the orchid. As much as I love fresh cut flowers, I think this approach is so much more economical in the long run. This could also make a really special gift.

Flowering Indoor Plants on a Budget | Inspired by Charm #31daysofhome

Anyway, speaking of painting walls in my house. I need to get back to work on my office painting project. What’s on your to-do list for this weekend?

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  • Elle at

    So pretty! I especially like how it looks against your freshly painted wall.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much! Yes – I love that too!

      xo Michael

  • Brenda Kula at

    The bromeliad and the orchid look great together! I’m so glad to have found a blogger who likes “real” houseplants. My Amazon.com order for the hydropon came in. So I guess I’ll be replanting my plants in it now.
    Brenda

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I thought so too! You’ll have to let me know how the Hydroton works! I’m very interested. And yes, I did have a little feature in the latest BHG. So exciting!!!

      xo Michael

  • Brenda Kula at

    Sorry, misspelled it. Hydroton. Oh, and I saw your photo in BH&G while reading my magazine the other night. Love their magazine.
    Brenda

  • Kris at

    You have such a talent, Michael! Love the pink and mint. It seems so restful. How do YOU water your orchids? I’ve had the best luck with the “ice cube” method, but I’m always looking for a better way. TFS your lovely vignette!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes, the pink and mint go so well together. I actually just soak my orchids (the whole pot in the sink) when they are feeling dry. Maybe every two weeks?

      xo Michael

      • Kris at

        Thanks, Michael!

        • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

          You bet!

          xo Michael

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks Arthur!

      xo Michael

  • Shannon at

    How do you know so much about plants and their varieties and water needs (duh, other than reading the tag)? I feel like I can only keep track of so much information but you’re constantly busting out helpful info. Anyway, they look gorg, I love the pink with the pumpkins too, it’s a nice change from all the orange everywhere!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. I don’t really. Trail and error I guess? That’s just what works for me I suppose. Thanks so much Shannon! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Richella Parham at

    This is a great idea! I don’t have very good luck keeping orchids alive, but a flowering plant for $10 I could just replace when it stops blooming. And the orchid looks great with the bromeliad. Better together, for sure!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I typically don’t have luck with orchids either, but if I can get a month or so out of them, I think it’s totally worth it.

      xo Michael

  • debi at

    Michael, your beautiful plant arrangement is ideal with your new wall color. And I love your funky pumpkin!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thanks so much Debi! I’m loving the combination too!

  • jason at

    The leaf design, size, color and maintenance are the requirements to fully enjoy the beauties that indoor plants create inside your home. Actually, some of these plants only need an occasional pruning and watering.

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