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Things that erk you-Post your annoying orchid experience HERE!

This is a discussion on Things that erk you-Post your annoying orchid experience HERE! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As it's a new year and I won't use the "hate" word too liberally. I ...

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    As it's a new year and I won't use the "hate" word too liberally.
    I wish people wouldn't switch the labels on the plants in the nursery.
    I wish that all store managers would accept a markdown on the plants when they are of lesser quality (hardly and roots, too root bound, missing a label, are finished flowering, have obvious signs that no one is watering them).
    I wish the orchid size was clear on the photo relative to what I'm getting on a won bid on internet auction.
    I wish my miniscule seedling, bulb would show some life after 3 years of dormancy.

    --- I love to get plants in the mail when they come from exotic locations because then they also have a story. I can put shipped from Thailand, Spain, France, Australia and the date. However, the length of time in transit, the quality of packaging etc all depend on the company sending. Cheap shipping costs also mean the plant needs to be tiny--. And I know I'll have to wait for growth, but given that I can put the tiny item together in a community pot and forget about it, that's ok with me. Lately I've put 3 plants (dendrobiums with phals) together while they're developing roots after repotting. This method helps in a more elegant type of storage.
    Also, could people post some photos of their greenhouse layout or orchid room. I'm afraid my back glass room looks like a Dr. Frankenstein orchidarium. I have to make it attractive and functional.
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    hi gim

    If you haven't found it yet, there is a section here with photos of members growing areas...
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    ive been wondering bout that sort of thing kathi, thanks, and gim, i agree with you on the markdown point. i went to the local supermarket and there was a (rare in NZ) splash hybrid phal that had just finished flowering. i took it up to the checkout manager and asked if it was eligible for a markdown. he said "let me get the store manager".
    so i argued my point with him saying i know how to take care of it, and im more than happy to take it for a lower price even though it isnt flowering. he said in the end, "no we cant sell this! it is in terrible condition!"
    i said "did you hear what i just said?!" and it only had no flowers. roots looked fine, leaves were spotless, it was perfect.

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    Mabuhay!

    @kiwiorchids...so did they sell to you?

    One thing that can really infuriate me is when my father would unknowingly cut a rising new leaf or cut in half a perfectly healthy orchid and would just say "dont worry it'll grow back".

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    sorry to say this, but no. he was a complete and proper a**hole! he probably put it in his office to take home later.......

    My grandad did that to my onc. flexuosum! except it wasnt a couple of leaves....it was two new pbulbs! luckily i was able to shove them in some sphag and it now grows happily on my palm tree

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    Another thing that gets me going is people who throw out plants because they've stopped blooming. I do hope they put them nicely by the curbside so that people like me can recycle them into my own plant rehab hospital. Thanks so much for providing the part of this site that shows how people grow their plants. I'm looking for efficiency because when I go away for 2 weeks, I don't want things to die. I have a drip system set up on very low as all my orchids are in moss and open clay pots. Humidity is 60%. Misted daily. I use coconut milk to soften the water when fertilizing as I've found my hands get dry from the water as it is. Also I use seaweed from the Oriental store (dried cooking variety). They do boost the look of the leaves which get all spotted from the tap water. When my plants aren't in flower (seldom buy anything full price) I concentrate on healthy leaf growth as my entertainment. Anyone have suggestions on best practices using wonder cures for insipid leaf droop? Orchids are so slow to respond to tlc. If the leaves have pleated from one dry spell, they sulk forever!

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