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This is a discussion on Here's the scoop within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I went to the orchid meeting tonight. I snipped a leaf off of my oncidium ...

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    I went to the orchid meeting tonight. I snipped a leaf off of my oncidium tolumnia , bagged it, and stuck it in my purse. I arrive and chit chat with a few people I recognize from the orchid show I went to a month ago. There were a few people selling some of their orchids, then the guest speaker walked in. It was the same woman I bought the oncidium from!!! I showed her it and asked her what was wrong with it. Her immediate response was "Did I sell you this?" I told her yes and she just said it was leaf spot (like that translated anything to me...I could there were spots on the leaves) and she would replace it if I got some number for her and that it should not have been sold (I told her it was sold a month ago). I got her email address and then looked at the other tolumina (I really hope I'm spelling that correctly) plants. They ALL has a spot or two of this on their leaves. When I saw this I was a little mad, because she was selling sick plants and she had to know it. They aren't cheap either! Matter of fact, she bumped up the prices by $10 since the show. Just as I was about to walk away from her orchids, a woman whom I've seen at shows and auctions came up to me. She told me she purchased 2 of this womans toluminas and they both died. Coincidence? I think not.....

    There were however some VERY healthy adorable equitant phals there. I was *so* tempted to buy one, but I had purchased some raffle tickets and wanted to wait until after the raffle. (I have never won anything so really I don't know why I had my hopes up.) Well, I was a winner!!!!!! I won a Laelia Anceps Stewart's. I have it in my bedroom until I know it is a clean plant and so I can rid my house of the oncidium that is sick. Whoo hoo. Something good came out of this night at least.

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    Congrats on the win!!

    And yes: there are *many* people out there who will have no qualms whatsoever over selling sick, diseased, or bug-ridden plants just to make the quick buck. "Leaf Spot?" lol!

    That's why it's really important to only buy from reputable folks. I've been burned I don't know how many times, and the really bad part is, with some plants I bought when I was just starting out, I thought their "going downhill" was my fault, when instead, they were already sick when they got to me, and I just didn't know enough to recognize it.

    At least you got to the bottom of what was going on. I hope she replaces it with a clean plant...

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    I don't even think I want another plant from her. I may just chalk it up as a loss. I don't want to take the chance. The next one I purchace will be from you. I have my eye on one already.....

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    Uh oh...... Hot seat, here I come......

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    Did she ever admit it was virused? Never mind getting another "plant" from her, you should absolutely get your money back, and DEMAND it if she squawks.

    I HATE that crap. It gives EVERYBODY a bad name.

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    She is refusing to give me my money back because I lost the receipt. I'm sending her the sick plant back , she asked for it back. Probably going to *freshen* it up and sell it to someone else. At this point, I don't care, I'm willing to shell out 5 bucks to get it out of my house. I'm shipping it the lowest cost , so if it fries of freezes, so be it (can you tell I'm a little bitter?) I'm almost thinking about waiting until she sends me a 'replacement', I'll stick that one in the same box if it looks even remotely suspitious. I will *NEVER* buy from her again, and hope she doesn't dupe too many people. It is really sad.. She won't admit it is diseased, she wanted me to send it to her so she can try and *cure* it. .... cure my $%^&.


    It is growers/ sellers like her that make people think orchids are difficult. Of course they will be hard to grow if they are sick...

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    she wanted me to send it to her so she can try and *cure* it
    LOL! If it wasn't diseased, it wouldn't need much "curing," now would it.

    Our biggest hurdles involve folks who had "tried" orchids by buying cheap, diseased, sick stuff from who knows where, and then thinking they themselves killed them when the plants were already on their way out the moment they were bought. It's hard to convince those folks that orchids really are easy to grow.

    Sorry you had to experience all that, OT.

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