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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; My only restrictions are: Warmth-if they need it hot, no thanks. ID, if it has ...

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    My only restrictions are: Warmth-if they need it hot, no thanks.
    ID, if it has a correct ID, then sure!
    Health-If it has mottled leaves and it isnt supposed to, then no way! And i scrutinise for Mealy and Scale too...

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    Its pretty nice being in the area I live, because most all the orchids that I can give good conditions to thrive here. It happily works out that the ones that need it cool and moist or something that I'd have to provide artificially, I don't care for anyway. I've got a LOT that still need to be bloomed, but new roots and shoots make me as happy as blooms, so its all good!
    Tony

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    At this point when choosing new orchids I have learned to look to see if there is new multiple shoot growth and healthy roots. I try not to look at the bloom to influence my decision, but one cannot help oneself since I don't have much if any restraint when it comes to orchids. Went to a show yesterday with the notion to buy a plant or two and $350 later I was getting into my car to leave. Oh well, so much for good intentions.

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    I am perfectly aware that I cannot walk into anywhere that orchids are available for purchase, nor can I go through on-line catalogs without buying substantially more than I ever planned. I know my growing conditions, and plants that need very bright light will not do well in my living room; however, I am completely subject to buying any orchid that really looks cool and catches my eye. I try to restrain myself just by walking away from it for at least a few minutes, looking at other ones, and testing whether I've still got that first cool orchid jumping up and down in my mind - usually does.

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    Well, sometimes those bag babies follow me home... Picked up a schomburgkia tibicinis a few weeks ago, I have the conditions right but its already got two new growths (well one, the smaller broke off and so I'm just growing it as a new plant.) and this thing gets huge. But I enjoy a challenge.

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    So far my bff and I have bought mostly the condemned and the ones with one foot...root in the grave...I mean mulch heap/garbage and the other ...well there is no 'other'. The first 4 -5 I got were 'put it out to pasture and shoot it' kinda material and were dirt cheap by Barbadian standards. I only lost 2. I currently have the 'buy now, ask questions later' kinda attitude when it comes to orchids.

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    I go with stuff that likes conditions similar to what I can provide. I figure..if I can keep it alive, then I can prolly find a way to get it to bloom.

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    I'll try anything. As long as it has a big, gaudy flower, consider me a moth to a flame. My favorite orchids are Vandas and their relatives...naturally, something I lust after but can never obtain. This sounds an awful lot like my love life. And my career goals. And my desired hair color.

    I'm sensing a pattern here - BRB off to the therapist.

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    The concept of being 'sensible' flew out the window a longtime ago and from my perspective the many plants ive drooled over that have been described as 'easy' or 'vigorous' or 'grows like a weed' turned out to be 'not' so at all and probably killed it. This conclusion or philosophy changed everything especially when grow areas vary so incredibly diverse from one grower to other.

    The sheer volume of mortality rates with orchids, for me this is quite high, indicates a more exhuberent attitude but this is not from ignorance or failure to research, just pure indulgment and I am to bloody stubborn for my own good. The phases and milestones, learning curves and misfortunes are pretty much similar in a way determined only by the growers character. The rest lie with the ongoing stages referred to during and hobby especially when new as a beginner. We have no choice but to work through this despite what we read with many admitting defeat when simple early mistakes are not learned by. What we read has its significance though even just a pointer towards understanding the plant in nature and not doing the opposite in cultivation. I admiited defeat with pot culture but 2 options were immediatly available in S/H culture or mounted.

    If a particular Oncidinae noid or AOS/RHS awarded sp overwhelmed the grower with green and blooms in one continent and a similar grower on another kills it in one month followed by 3 or 4 consecutive purchases of the same all with variable longevity and same doom (mine was phycopsis mule eared onc papilo.), one thing motivates me to try what i like but I wont spend money on paphs even though i find them beautiful, infact all the slippers but they get out of there pots and run away when they see me with a watering can or spray bottle. I should try applying Rohypnol!

    Easy? or hard?, Beginner? or Advanced?. Far to generalised! but it would be careless and stupid to presume, failing to research and recognise species-centred requirements! How does an individual know if they can/ cannot bloom a plant? A 'reduced rack' item yes 'whatever will be will be! Irresponsible to place a sun loving sp in Phal light aware of needs. The hobby has far to many obstacles without promoting disappointment and cutting our own noses off!

    My frame of mind would probably change if my job/bank/ life was in e.g Phillipines. I would be very wasteful and neglectful overcommitting myself at $5 or $3 a pot.

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    i really pay attention to what conditions i can provide, and allow that to guide me in buying new orchids. fortunately here in sunny southern california, i have a bunch of choices. it took me a while to figure that out with orchids though, as we have a ton that can live outside year round here. for years i just had cymbidiums and epidendrums, and every now and then i would select and slowly kill a paph or phal. now i have learned their light needs and they do so much better that i flower them. and the way i do it, i get to buy another orchid when i do succeed in flowering them. so if i bloom an oncidium, i get another oncidium, and so forth. but i still avoid the really hot growing kinds of orchids. i focus on cool/intermediate growers that can handle a brief heat wave. one thing i found useful when determining the hardiness or suitability of orchids is by getting bunches from the 'used and abused bin' on the internet. sellers will list older past blooming bareroot plants for dirt cheap, so noid, some with id. last spring i bought a group of oncidiums like this, and so far they are all doing great, but looked scraggly when i got them. i've gotten a sampling of brassidiums, bratonias, odontiodas, etc. some i am leaving outside this winter as a test, and since they were cheap (like 5$ each) i'm not going to panic like i spent 45$ per plant. they were definate rescues, but being oncids they are all bouncing back, so i highly recommend this approach. same thing with cheapie phals at home improvement places. buy a handful, set them around, see where they do well, then relocate the rest to the same window. i find my dining room window is perfect for oncidums, and the living room suits the phals as it is a bit more shaded. it is so much easier and rewarding than buying plants that have no hope and slowly driving yourself nuts over them, or worse, watch them slowly croak.

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