About

Austin Orchid Exchange was inspired years ago in 2011 when a friend called me after a dinner party she had at her home.  She staged her house with beautiful blooming orchids.  When the blooms faded, she was going to throw the plants away, but instead called me and asked if I would take them.  When she brought them to my house, she told me if I rebloomed them, she would buy them back from me.  So, it was then that I got inspired, and thought of the idea, and name for an orchid shop that rebloomed orchids.  The thought of people throwing away perfectly beautiful orchid plants pained me.  However, I also understood the time, commitment, know how, and all the space it took to own a bunch of orchids, and to continuously try and rebloom them in a home.  

"When I walk in a room full of plants, the room feels alive, warm, inviting, and happy. "

Vanessa Luckie, Owner

Our Greenhouse

We have a full functioning greenhouse with a variety of orchids and plants.  We use our greenhouse for reblooming, housing, staging, and bringing struggling plants back to life!  We have created the optimal growing conditions for the plants we carry which ensures healthy, happy, long lasting, and of course gorgeous plants year-round.

Owner

Vanessa Luckie

My passion for orchids started when I was just in college.  I saw one in my dad's home and was immediately drawn to how beautiful and delicate it was.  I bought one for my apartment immediately when I returned to college, and it sat for years as I moved from apartment to apartment in college, and it never rebloomed.  Then, one day as if by miracle, a bloom spike appeared.  Twenty plus years later, and each reblooming plant still intrigues and excites me like the first plant I saw as a teenager.  I’m still giddy every time one of our plants goes into bloom.  I've rebloomed many and sadly lost many orchids, all species and types over the years.  However, in doing this, I’ve gained so much knowledge and really gotten to know and understand orchids.  I have plants that are 15+ years old.  I think the thing that surprises people the most, is how long orchid plants actually live, and how long they can bloom and rebloom.  I also feel like the biggest misconception people have is when the orchid blooms fade, then the plant has died as well.  Some orchid plants can take years to bloom when grown from seeds.  So, the idea that they often get thrown away after a bloom cycle is painful to hear.  When in fact they are in their prime to bloom again and again.

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Email: info@austinorchidexchange.com
Phone: (512) 913-7320

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