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Why orchids?

This is a discussion on Why orchids? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Yeah, what Ron said, and they don't have thorns either. . . . Also they ...

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    Yeah, what Ron said, and they don't have thorns either. . . .
    Also they are much like those of us who cherish them, slightly different from the crowd.
    CIAO Y'all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    are you asking what makes an orchid an orchid botanically?
    No, I didn't mean about botanical aspects, I was thinking about without knowing the botanical facts, what it is on this orchid, which makes it so very attractive and that unites us here.

    I do agree with everything you wrote down, and I do agree aslo with the orhers but I'm pretty shure you didn't know all what you know about orchids now, when you started with.

    Just woman's curiosity, why orchids, for example, why not drosera or cactus? Or something else.

    Orchids are fascinating yes, they are beautiful and bizarre, flowers have fantastic shapes, they are also leafless.....and yes Jordan, they can outsmart the insects ...

    I think it was just a coincidence for me that I'm here now. A friend of mine had a birthday and I bought her an orchid. Then it happened that this orchid is waiting for a suitable moment, because we were both quite busy and after a month I found out that the orchid is even more beautiful as it was and was even with more opened flowers. So I decited to keep this one for me (this was the first one ever) and buy some other flower for my friend. It was Phalaenopsis hybrid. Soon after there were on my window sills for quite a few new Phalaenopsis, they were all flowering, all with different kind of color, and even if they were all Phalenopsis, however, had a different shape of flower too.
    Then I realized that there are also Paphs, wow, i was impressed. Soon after that i realized there are also a beautiful Dendros. And so on and so on.
    Reading an articles and posts got me to other fields - that all I've seen until now were hybrids, so I read further on....I'm still reading a lot, and I know I know just a teeny bit about orchids. I'm learning constantly something new, again and again. I'm learning here a lot about orchids, there are a lot of orchids I have never heard about.
    Well, I just wanted to say I started with orchids without having any idea about what they are.
    ...and then I started to collect them: are we collectors?

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    ...and then I started to collect them: are we collectors?
    That's a yes for me. I'm always on the lookout to buy more, it's exhilarating for me to learn about them, and it's exciting just to see them. I mull over them, spend countless hours with them, fuss over them, obsess about the smallest change in their condition..... oh yes!! I'm a collector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joysze View Post
    That's a yes for me. I'm always on the lookout to buy more, it's exhilarating for me to learn about them, and it's exciting just to see them. I mull over them, spend countless hours with them, fuss over them, obsess about the smallest change in their condition..... oh yes!! I'm a collector.

    Same here.

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    I was given an orchid- a phal- that was pretty. Striped, nice flowers, lasted a month and a half. I ignored it. It bloomed again. Cool! The friend who had given it to me said "would you like to see more?" Took me to a sale. No longer just cool, look at all these plants! and scented! EXCELLANT! (Yup! I was hooked!)

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    Introduced to orchids when I was in my teens by an uncle of mine. As I have always been an outdoors type of person I used to accompany him on numerous trips to the jungles to observe and collect orchids (in those days specie collecting wasn't a dirty word). Imagine my awe at seeing a clump of Grammatophyllum speciosum with 10 ft tall canes, Rhy retusa and Den secundum growing and flowering on the same tree, blooming Bulb medusae literally covering the branches of a giant tree, Phal cornu-cervi and Asctm miniatum within yards of each other; and most unforettable of all Phal (Doritis) pulcherrima growing close to each other and Den farmeri on nearby trees on a promontory in * Langkawi Islands overlooking the Adaman Sea. From then on I was hooked forever.

    I was/have been fascinated by the sheer diversity in form, colour, size and habitats of orchids. How many times have we heard from the uninitiated "Is that an orchid?" and have you heard someone ask "Is that a rose?"

    NB. *The same spot in Langkawi is now the site of a 5 -Star international hotel.So much for progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joysze View Post
    That's a yes for me. I'm always on the lookout to buy more, it's exhilarating for me to learn about them, and it's exciting just to see them. I mull over them, spend countless hours with them, fuss over them, obsess about the smallest change in their condition..... oh yes!! I'm a collector.
    So true!

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    Mabuhay!

    Well for the record, my grandparents from both sides lived in rural areas where farming was the only source of income for them. I definitely remember when my grandparents moved in with us in the city then they started to grow a lot of plants even on a small space in our lot. So i guess, that's where i got my "green" thumb so to speak. I really loved plants in general, i guess, ever since i was born and got hooked on orchids in my high-school years because my auntie (bless her soul and thank you) gave me a bromeliad. That's where my fascination on this beauts started and from then on i was totally addicted.

    Actually, I used to be an orchid-only-type-of-gardener, i would snob other plants and would just water and fertilize my orchids but that was a long-time ago. Now, i take care of every plants that can grow/thrive in my garden but of course, priority is given to the orchids. And if those plants would benefit my orchids i would definitely put it in my garden.

    And to answer the question, i really don't know what got me hooked on orchids. Yes, i am fascinated by the sheer number of orchids that one can grow, the various & fascinating shapes & colors even scent of an orchid flower, the mind-boggling, uncanny behavior of orchids where they are planted and the root system everything. Anyway, i am not in the hurry to know what makes me a lover of orchids because there's really no explaining the supernatural feeling of having a new orchid or a new bloom or a new keikis as long as its making me happy and healthy and that's fine with me

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