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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; Always choose an orchid variety that is adapted to growing in conditions you can provide. ...

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    Always choose an orchid variety that is adapted to growing in conditions you can provide. If you plan on growing your orchids in a greenhouse you can modify the conditions to suit your chosen orchid. If you plan to grow your plants on the window sill of your house you need to choose a variety of plant that will survive there.

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    I will do rescues (depending on genus) so if that's the question then 'yes', but I answered 'once in a blue moon'. My buying budget is limited and besides I feel bad if I 1st degree murder a plant! When I was a kid I did a lot of trial and error, and a couple out of state moves made me have to relearn orchidkeeping and what I could expect to keep alive, but I'm back in my home region now and know what can do well for me and so to stick with it. If something really attracts me, I try to research it 1st and see what it requires- if it can handle what I have then welcome, if not then I'll sadly pass. No cool doodoo smelling bulbos for me sigh...

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    Before growing orchids you should know the basic rules. There are about 30,000 species of orchids worldwide, but not all will thrive on a windowsill. Orchids thrive only in charcoal, styrofoam, cork, rock wool, firbark but they cant thrive in soil. Most orchids live bright, filtered sunlight such as that found in an east or north window or a shaded south window.

    Most orchids prefer daytime temperatures of 15 to 27C (59 to 81F) and nighttime temperatures of 11 to 15C (52 to 59F). This daily range promotes flowering. A weekly watering is the general rule. Some varieties need more frequent watering, especially while flowering, and some should dry out completely between waterings.

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    I have orchids that the growers said i could grow on my windowsill. Like cats and vandas. I will be surprised if they bloom. I'll give them a year, see what happens. If they don't succed I'll donate them to my orchid society as door prizes....Live and learn........

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    I usually color within the lines when it comes to what I pick, I do have a zygo, and a few oncidiums that are more cooler growing.

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    i thrive on failure...i need to fail a few times before the fact hits me that I really cannot grow that plant. so now, who wants to tell me that I cannot grow anything in this whole wide world? I'll still give it a try though.

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    Nothing ventured nothing gained.

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    I was born a risk taker, LOL. Many, many years ago my mom bought me some flowers for a promotion I received. It was in a cup that said, "EXPECT SUCCESS". Also as a child, I would get a report card with five A's and one B. My sister would get a report card with five C's and 1D. When my mom would praise my sister and chastise me, I asked her, "Why are you yelling at me when I got five A's???" Her reply was, "TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS EXPECTED." That's where the cup came from (by the way, I'm not saying I agree with this, but it set the course for my way of thinking/getting into projects. But isn't good because it establishes too high of a bar on children/too much pressure.). From day one, I go into something assuming I will be successful at it. Confidence has much to do with whether you succeed at something or not, regardless of your natural talent. (I'M NOT SAYING THAT CONFIDENCE ALONE WILL CONQUER ALL.). If you have inner confidence, it'll lead you to DO what you need to do, to be successful, whether it's research, etc. If I fail, I try to figure out WHERE I failed, and start over!

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    I try to operate by this motto:
    Don't make the same mistake twice. Make a new one every time!

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    What you said is often equivocal to what I said - since frequently, if it's something fairly difficult to grow, you WON'T make the same mistake - YOU'LL MAKE A NEW ONE! And, yes, I HAVE done that several times - and probably will do it several MORE times!

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