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Longest living Orchid Kept

This is a discussion on Longest living Orchid Kept within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Mabuhay! I hope everyone is fine. I am quite a sentimental person that's why i ...

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    Mabuhay!

    I hope everyone is fine. I am quite a sentimental person that's why i have so many things kept in my room like notebooks from my elementary days, ballpens since college etc. Specially when it comes to plants i want it for as long as i can sustain it, maybe that's why i love trees because they can be around for such a great length of time.

    Anyway, i am just wondering or wants to know what is/are your longest living orchid/s in your collection? (7 years and above) What is your regimen/maintenance that you are able to have it up to this day? and how many it is right now?

    Kindly share your thoughts.

    thanks

    Godbless

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    Mine is a no id phalaenopsis I got at a box store on the clearance rack of plants that had bloomed out. It was my first orchid. I got it around 2002 so I've had it about 7 years. It has almost died a couple of times but I have been able to revive it.

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    I moved to Seattle in 1989 and purchased a Phalaenopsis Carmela's Pixie at a show and still have today. So, she's been around for 20 years and setting a spike right now. No special care-just repot every year or two and water/fertilize like all the rest.

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    My longest living orchid kept must be Den Gatton Sunray 'Excelsior' FCC/RHS. It was given to me by an uncle way back in 1966 - that must be 43 years ago.In the period when I stopped growing orchids for about 20 years;( between 1980 to 2000 ) and during which period I sold off my whole collection, I kept this and a few others for sentimental reasons.All the others did not survive except for this. It survived completely neglected, except for the occasional watering during the dry season, in its original 12" clay pot right out in the open.That it survived is testimony to how tough this plant is. Of course, today it is receiving the TLC that it deserves and produces flowers 2 - 3 times a year. ( I hope my uncle is smiling from up there.)

    I'm posting a pic of the Den Gatton Sunray below
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    Same here. I have the same plant which I had in my possession since 1980.

    I started growing orchids around the years 1975 thru 1986. When my parents passed away there was a slump in my orchid growing hobby and I had to concentrate on my career so I stopped for around 17 years from 1986-2003 where most of my plants did not survive save for the Gatton Sunray FCC/RHS which I acquired in around 1980. The plant almost died but it recovered. That was when I transferred it to a pot. When I moved to my townhouse in around 2003, I brought it along with me (well, whatever was left of it) and that was also the time when I resumed my orchid growing hobby all over again.

    About a quarter of my plants have been with me since 2004 in my new location. The Gatton Sunray is my longest living plant with me to date .... around 29 years (since 1980) just to show you how robust the plant is.

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