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Easiest and Hardest

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    What's the easiest orchid you've ever grown and bloomed? What's the hardest?

    For me, the easiest are the Odontobrassias. For whatever reason, these put out the hugest PBs and grow the tallest spikes, no matter where in the greenhouse I put them. Seems like they just won't go wrong--they're practically menaces--and I love the blooms!

    The hardest is a certain Phrag. Schroderae. Makes me want to grind it up and turn it into tea. It's the 'Coos Bay' clone, awarded an AM/AOS last I checked, and in 6 years it's bloomed once. Once! I've grown it cool. Warm. High light. Low light. It got a soft rot bacterial infection 3 years ago that almost did it in, and it's finally recovering from that, but I might as well be growing the thing from seedling stage all over again. I should have just chucked it. Maybe this summer it'll do something.

    Probably not....

    How about you guys? Easiest? Hardest? Did you finally get your hardest to bloom? How?

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    Oh NO!!! I have one of those (phrag schroderae). I might as well chuck it now. I don't have room for 6 year bloomers.

    I have only bloomed 5 or 6 things ever so I can't really say but my hybrid Phal was pretty easy to bloom.

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    I decided to ponder your question while I ate my cheap, frozen pizza for dinner. It's a Friday night tradition I adore so NO LIP.

    OK, so now I'm going to sound like a really obnoxious, pretentious wimp, but so be it.

    Of the things I grow, I really haven't found anything easier or more difficult. Some things I have to mess around with a bit more, but not that much. Granted a number of plants I have are not blooming size yet, so I could change my tune in the future, but at this point, everything is kind of proceeding as planned.

    I really have never fallen that much in love with something I knew would be a terrible challenge to grow. There are just so many thousands of orchids to choose from; I just canít see the point in doing that. Maybe it would be different if I had a huge greenhouse and really could afford the space to play around. Thatís not the case. I really do carefully plan each of my purchases with lots of research. Heck, it takes me months to decide what I want before I order plants. Buying plants is never an impulse thing for me.

    With all that said, I am experimenting with Laelia. I think I may have a hard time getting these to bloom under my conditions. A little over a year ago, I bought a small anceps (3 small PBs) to fool around with. It did produce a floral bract on one lead this winter, but nothing further has happened with that. Iíll give this one another year and if no blooms, I just wonít mess around with these anymore. I really do like them, but there are tons of others things I like too.

    Anyway, thatís my story.

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    No, Debbie, don't do that!

    It's not the grex at all; as far as Phrags go, they're not particularly hard by any stretch. But every grower, it seems, has a certain plant or plants that are just vexing in the extreme, and they're typically things that other growers lift an eyebrow at, thinking "Hell, I jes' throw those on the porch behind the shed n they bloom so hard I get sick of lookin at em."

    This Schroderae is one of those plants for me.


    And there's no porch behind the shed where I can throw it.

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    Wow, Kevin. I think if I showed that much restraint with these things, I'd just... burst!

    Very respectable though, that whole approach.

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    Nice try, but I think I just set myself up for being the resident 'stick in the mud'. So be it.

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    What is a floral bract? I love L. Anceps very much and hope I can bloom mine.

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    I would have to say my easiest are plenty. I have a lot of orchids so picking one is...hard.

    I do have to say my hardest are Brassavola glauca and the freakin Bulbo medusea. I have had these things in every possible condition for about 6 years and I still can't get them to bloom.

    Oh, my Schroderae is a very reliable bloomersssss I have a few of them.
    http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...914&p=64930486

    http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/View...914&p=64930487

    I might even think of a division trade there Louis! All are Baker and Chantry breediing.

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    Easiest to grow and bloom for me is Zygopetalum hybrid. I have not been living with orchids long enough to know what is the hardest to bloom. But I've got a nobile-type dendrobium given to me to "see what you can do with it" and I'm thinking those are going to be nigh onto impossible in my conditions. I've got my fingers crossed that the Blc/Slc hybrids that were given me as gifts this holiday season will bloom. We'll see.

    As for impulse buying, I can resist those that I "know" I can't bloom out (vandas for example") but if it's a "maybe", then restraint is only as strong as the checkbook is shallow (and whether DH is with me or not!).

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    Gee, thanks Mike! LOL! Go ahead and rub it in by posting pics of your successful Schroderae! I can take it!

    Grumble.... rickm rackm frj

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