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Confessions: How many orchids did you kill last year

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    I refuse to answer that question as you will throw the book at me for being a serial killer.
    I have composted a few phal's,some vandas, and a miniature laila.Do I get LIFE?

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    Cindi! What is wrong with your Otr Fragrance?!? I bought that plant after you posted its blooms, and its rockin along!! U should just get another one, they are *so* worth it.

    Oh my friends, I've kept a journal of all my chids, let me count the deaths....psuedo-accountant Becky says, "27 orchids dead since Feb 06" (keep in mind, I only keep ~40 at a time)

    Wow, that's a lot of $ down the drain, but its not all for naught - I learned a great deal from all these deaths, and now I have *fewer* deaths ;D

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    i have been thinking of starting a similar thread. okay, i started with orchids this year, so there have been a few casualties: two oncs (arrived rootless and shriveled but boy did i try!), last month four small catts and my favorite catt just this week (these were my fault- watered and although i thought they were warm enough, they just rotted and fell over). i did bring a phal back from the brink of death and it actually has two beautiful leaves and i'm sure more on the way. the hit this week was the worst because it was my favorite - very painful. i hated to see them go but i learned a huge lesson about watering, temp and air circulation that i hope never to repeat. on the bright side - 10 of my other catts have sheaths in varying sizes!! maybe i'll see something soon! happy new year all and happy growing!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    I learned a great deal from all these deaths, and now I have *fewer* deaths ;D
    And, ultimately, I think that's what we all aim for--learning why something died, so you can prevent more deaths in future.

    Cheers,

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    I am with BD, not focusing on died/killed ones. I have killed a number of them this year. But hey, I grow orchids for pleasure, if they die, they die. Sure I feel bad for a couple of days, but I get over it and move on to new interest...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizgeo View Post
    I am with BD, not focusing on died/killed ones. I have killed a number of them this year. But hey, I grow orchids for pleasure, if they die, they die. Sure I feel bad for a couple of days, but I get over it and move on to new interest...
    I guess I focus on my losses a little more than most, for a few reasons. The time I put into growing my plants is precious as I have so little of it. I also so love the pleasure I get from them and all aspects of their culture and lastly I cannot afford to go and replace every loss. I choose my plants carefully because of the latter and luckily I have learned from most of my losses. I am hoping for very few losses this year!

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    This year has been a bit of a struggle - I got a bunch of species orchids from Peru that were in very rough shape. One of the minis will probably succumb soon (hope not though). I also had a Dend box store rescue that had done well for a year just sort of quit. A large Vanda (same story as the dend) is hurting pretty bad and I am thinking about giving it to someone in FL.

    The most remarkable was the new Psychopsis this summer though - my wife's Poinsettia jumped off of the shelf on our porch and crushed part of it. It was remarkable how the rest just croaked - it just totally gave up on living. It was supposed to supplement another one that has just sat there for a year and a half, never budging since I purchased it (except for ditching 2/4 leaves early on). Definitely a genus with an attitude.

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    Psychopsis kali big - I'd have it for years and it had three blooming spikes and two developing. I got a fungal infection over the summer and I did not treat it fast enough. First plant I've killed in over 10yrs.

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    LOL, I mean "it" got a fungal infection!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smwboxer View Post
    LOL, I mean "it" got a fungal infection!

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