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View Poll Results: Do you obtain orchids you know you might not be able to bloom?

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  • Nope, I only buy what I know I should be able to bloom

    20 10.53%
  • Yes, but only ones like jewel orchids since they have such great foliage.

    1 0.53%
  • Once in a blue moon I get weak and give in to temptation and take a walk on the wild side

    40 21.05%
  • Yes, but only with orchids whose needs are close to those I presently bloom.

    36 18.95%
  • I LOVE to take risks! You never know -- I might succeed!

    101 53.16%
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Do you choose orchids wisely?

This is a discussion on Do you choose orchids wisely? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; myself, being partial to unusual species, love the challenge and the more often than not ...

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    myself, being partial to unusual species, love the challenge and the more often than not reward when they bloom.

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    I normally do a reasearch first before I buy any. In that way, I know exactly what i want when i go to the show or do online order. Normally i will give it a try once or twice or keep it in the collection for a while. If the plant doesn't bloom for me after 3-4 years, it's time for trade off or resell. But then some plants are hard to resell because of the inital cost, aka. My Paph. Prince Edward of York. I got it as nbs seedling 6 years ago, and its two growth right now, and iam 2nd guessing if i want a plant that only bloom every 4-5 years. =) And mine still hasn't bloom yet.

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    Research is good for choosing a plant to a point. What I also try to do is research the nursery. If they are doing their own seed to sale, I find that if my environment is similar enough to theirs, I can almost bet on flowers. I must be really addicted...checking on my suppliers and all....


    BTW, great poll, Pavel!
    Last edited by Vmax; January 11th, 2010 at 09:56 PM. Reason: Thank Pavel for the poll.

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    I take risks in obtaining orchids even without flowers coming from the wild, and hoping I could get another specie or variety.

    But if it is not coming from wild, I won't obtain them.
    If I buy them I'd like to know their identity first.

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    Having the luxury of working in orchid greenhouses I can grow pretty much anything as I have access to all sorts of micro climates. I have things from Lepanthes species to hot growing Schomburgkias to a bunch of Aerangis species. I still fail, plants die, and there are still those species that are really hard to grow despite best efforts. Im not going to invest in Telipogons or Draculas anytime soon thats for sure.

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    I do take a chance now and then. I've tried and killed many an orchid. I know the temperature ranges of my greenhouse and don't buy anything that I know definately won't live.

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    I've "played" with some paphs. But now that I'm getting serious with several phrags and realize that I have a lot to learn, I feel I'm taking a risk each time I buy a new one.

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    Oops. Think about an orchid before buying it? I tend to buy orchids I like and hope that they will survive in my conditions. So far, they all have. We'll have to see about blooming. They are now all outside for the summer, pretending they are native to Ohio and can deal with the crazy weather.
    --Leafmite

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    I love taking challenges!!!

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    Surprises will develop challenges that will create successes.

    In research, we are trying to grow species that are unusual and difficult to establish.
    Supposing that those selected species were grown experimental, yield different results.
    We gather their information to help other growers meet the growing requirements.

    Although, there are chances in success and failure.

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