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Eeeek! Folks throw orchids OUT???

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    Default Eeeek! Folks throw orchids OUT???

    Spent part of the holiday with a wonderful person who has blooming orchid plants by the dozen delivered to decorate her home for the season. They were mostly oncidiums and intergenerics, and all were robust plants with dozens upon dozens of blooms on multiple spikes. She then told me she just throws them out when they have finished blooming! Yikes! I immediately said that I would happily pay shipping if she just threw them in a box and sent them to me instead... I wonder how many other people throw them away after the holidays?! I was utterly traumatized, much to the amusement of my friends...

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    Unfortunately with mass production making orchids inexpensive, I think they are becoming disposable like the holiday poinsettias.

    Susan

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    That's how I got my start with orchids. A friend worked for a woman that threw them out. She had no time or interest in growing or reblooming them. He just brought them to me instead.

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    Oh, well, that's the usual way it works with nearly all plants. Most of my friends just buy whatever they feel like at the moment and then throw it away when they've finished blooming.

    I also often wonder about the things they're doing to the orchids in supermarkets or other shops where you can get them for little money. The latest fashion was giving white phals some coloured liquid.

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    I also had a picture of where you could see where they brought the water in at the lower part of the spike, but I can't find it any more.

    Sometimes they paint the flowers, sometimes they put them into some strange stuff like sand when its holiday season.... there's nothing I haven't seen yet.
    THAT is really horrible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hieroglyphica View Post

    Sometimes they paint the flowers, sometimes they put them into some strange stuff like sand when its holiday season.... there's nothing I haven't seen yet.
    THAT is really horrible!
    One of the holiday things is putting glitter on the flowers. UGH! And, yeah, I think it's correct that a lot of people buy them with the intent of tossing them. Tres sad.

    Rob

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    We have gotten some of our best bloomers out of the trash.
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    Throw them at me please! I took in three phals this December and have already found them new homes.

    cheers,
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    Throw them at me please! I took in three phals this December and have already found them new homes.

    cheers,
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    I recently acquired 10 Phals for R5.00 each ($0.80) from a store, the spikes had all been damaged or had finished blooming. They have no interest in growing them back to spike. I now keep an eye out whenever I go to these stores.

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    Sounds like I need to start checking out the neighborhood trash cans! ;-) I have already
    found a dying Norfolk Pine one year and now it is gorgeous. I just can't imagine throwing out Orchids though.

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