Hope this helpsOriginally Posted by nabakov5Ok, I know I'm all over this board today, but I have a day off, so I'm playing. My question is really about terminology and how to interpret it.
First, if a seller says their orchid is blooming size...what does that mean specifically? Does it mean it has bloomed before? or that there are a certain number of pseudobulbs present? or what?That really depends on the vendor. Most reputable growers would say that Blooming size means that the plant is old enough and big enough to produce a bloom in the next blooming cycle, or has already bloomed. That can mean many different things depending on the genus, species, cross, etc.
Second, if a seller says that their orchid is specimen size...what does that mean exactly? I assume it means that it could be broken up into smaller plants, or maybe used in a hybrid...but those are just guesses. What size typically connotes specimen size? This is a pretty deep discussion.. it's almost completely a personal opinion. I mean, some would be obvious - like a paph or phrag with 20 growths or so. But on other types, I haven't the slightest. It usually means it is bigger than what you would get ordering a blooming size plant. all I can say is BEWARE! Especially if it is a plant you are not familiar with.
Third, I understand what a pseudobulb is, but I don't quite get what a "lead" is. Is this the growth that will become a pseudobulb? How do you distinguish the two. Leads do indeed become p-bulbs. You can tell a lead because it is thin, a new growth coming from the base of the plant, and usually lighter and/or darker, depending on the plant coloration - at least that holds true for most of my catts.
Hope this isn't too elementary. Thansk for your help