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more than 25 yrs old but still Blooming with the help of Mother Nature!!

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    Default more than 25 yrs old but still Blooming with the help of Mother Nature!!

    History of my Cattleya:

    1979 - I took my first Horticulture major class about Orchid and its propagation . I want to learn and gain experience fast in propagating them so i volunteered at our dept. Orchid nursery. Transplanted lots of baby seedlings from tissue culture flasks. Cleaned lots of flasks for tissue culture usage. but one day, i noticed that some baby seedlings were thrown to the trash. i asked one of the nursery staffs why? she told me that the seedlings won't survive and it will be a waste to plant them. so i asked if i could have some of them. she said it against the policy to give away the plants. i begged and bugged her but the end of the afternoon she said ok but i have to hide them from the senior staffs. Transplanted them on coconut husk with big chunks of charcoal.

    1980-1883 Took care of them but one by one they died on me except one cattleya.

    1983 - i left my home country and migrated in San Jose, California.

    1984 - received a letter w/ picture of a blooming cattleya. my older sister was excited to tell me that my cattleya was blooming. my mother and aunt who influenced me to love orchids were also excited about the bloom.

    1985- 2010 now and then, my sisters will write to me my blooming cattleya. last August 2010, my niece send me this picture on the email and as usual, they are all excited to tell me my blooming cattleya.

    March 2011 - I went back to the philippines. i divided and transplanted my cattleya for the first time after that rescue from the trash. I also thanked her for the excitement and happiness she gave my family every time she blooms though those family members just leave her to Mother Nature to BLOOM. i asked her also to bloom when i'm around so that at least i will see her flowers in person.

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    Nice story and pretty cattleya!

    cheers,
    BD

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    Thank you for sharing your story with us. I hope the orchid appreciates the fact that you saved it.

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    long story and it prove that orchids need patient ,thank you for sharing

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    Thanks for sharing....

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    Hooray for you - and hooray for the orchid! Thank you for sharing this story with us. I really enjoyed this!

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    Beautiful story . A love story with a twist eh .

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    Very inspiring story.

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    Thank you for " liking " this short story of my Blooming cattleya.
    i always tell my friends....though my husband and i don't have pets, we have ORCHIDS, african violets and houseplants that we love.

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