A few weeks ago I bought a potted orchid in Sainsbury's. The label said that it could last up to 2 months, and that it needed to be watered about once per week. It was not to be left to stand in water.
I got the orchid home and it had 5 open blossoms and 2 closed ones. I watered it the second day and a few days later the other blossoms opened up. It was beautiful! What a joy to see.
A week after I watered it for the first time I watered it again. I drained the pot after I watered it and went out a while later. I came home hours later and discovered that the orchid had been sitting for hours in standing water that had dripped down through the soil - I hadn't waited long enough before draining the pot. A few days later, all of the blossoms had wilted and the orchid was looking pretty sad, so I made the decision to throw it away.
I have 2 rubbish bins. I make it my practice to fill up one of the bins before the other because Big Boy can only reach the one bin. I "save" it for him so that if he is taking out the garbage the bin will not be too full. I put the orchid in the bin that I normally save because the other bin happened to be wet at the time. I would have put the orchid in the compost bin, but I couldn't separate the plant from it's pot and the plastic stick in it's pot so I decided to just chuck it in the rubbish bin.
A few days later (I think about 5 days) I went to put something in the rubbish bin and I peered inside before I threw the bag in. The orchid looked way better than when I had thrown it out! Now a few days later, it looks even better! How funny that it thrives in the rubbish bin after wilting in the house. I may have to fish it out....