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What's the best thing about growing orchids?

This is a discussion on What's the best thing about growing orchids? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; The main things for me are stress relief and a sense of accomplishment. The worries ...

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    The main things for me are stress relief and a sense of accomplishment. The worries of the world disappear when I am working with them and I am a worrier. I love seeing the growth and blooms as concrete signs of acheivement and that everyday is different for them unlike my job where there is always another pile of paper to get through.
    More crazy people like me is just a bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilda
    Here ! Here ! You should be a writer Julie...
    Julie?

    I don't believe you didn't pipe up (heh ) all over that!

    *checks Julie's forehead for fever*

    Actually, our Jules is quite an accomplished writer, if I may say so myself, working at present on a fantasy novel for young adults. And the parts she let me read so far are darned good.

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    LOL Louis,

    It's because I hadn't seen it! (It was buried in the tree and I didn't notice Gilda's reply.)

    You're all so kind I actually wet myself. (...Gotta get off this theme...)

    Louis is right - my ego's too big to not respond to Gilda's nice compliment. But my head isn't quite so swollen that I won't qualify Louis' praise. I'm not 'accomplished' in the sense of published. He's saying he's liked what he's read. But even that needs some qualification. He puked over one thing he read. But then he helped me see the warts in my writing (I was blind to them and maddly in love with the drek) and understand why they were warty.

    Posting here is actually a good small-scale writing exercise and I do have fun! (And I do love firsts.) Am hoping some publisher feels the same way about my first novel...
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    Gosh, I 'am like Kev, I love the research/ knowledge gained from growing orchids. Don't get me wrong, I love the blooms, aerial roots, fragrances, and yes, even some of the foliage, but most of all I love learning something new about them. I particularly like people who grow plants - be it orchids or others. Most "plant" folks are honest people and they are willing to share what they have learned. I love the fact that so many people share this orchid "fever" with me. I love being able to read and take in so much on this forum. (It is quite an education.) AND, I love helping someone pick out their first orchid and starting them on their educational journey.

    So, anyway, that is what I love about orchids, Lily. [Great question, BTW]

    Cheers!
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    Wow, this is a difficult question to answer! How to choose?? Obviously, seeing something bloom for you has to rate highly. And I agree with Kev & Brutal_Dreamer that researching a plant turns my crank. One thing that hasn't been mentioned (although perhaps touched upon?) is learning *why* a plant isn't thriving, putting your knowledge to use and seeing the plant respond to your efforts. (This could apply to a plant you've stressed or to a rescue.)

    Cheers,

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    What everyone else said...plus it's really fun to say things like "epiphyte" and "paphiopedilum" around your friends and they all look at you like for once you know what you're talking about.

    I love novelty. "Everyone" has a spider plant and a fern in their house, but not everyone has a pholidota chinenses or a dendrobium kingianum. And these aren't so rare that they are hard to find, just different from the houseplant norm.

    And there is so much variety in the orchid kingdom, I could grow nothing else and it would still look like a 100 different kinds of plants in my house.

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    Default a few more favorite things

    You all have already mentioned a lot of things I like about growing orchids -- but here are two more.

    I like experimenting and tinkering to find the perfect conditions for each plant -- you know the right balance of everything that makes that particular plant happy. And of course there is the reward of a spectacular plant and blooms when you have managed to get it right.

    I rotate a couple of whatever is in bloom into my office as well as in my house. One of my favorite things about growing orchids is the number of people who come into the office/house and say "Wow! Is that thing real? What is it?" Followed by a series of questions about what kind of orchid it is, aren't they hard to grow, etc. etc. It really is a lot of fun to see someone's first reaction to an orchid.

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    Pretty much what everyone else has said. The sense of accomplishment, the research, the tinkering to get the growing conditions just right for a certain plant. But the best part, by far, for me is the glazed look in my husbands eyes when I show him a plant/bloom that I'm stoked about It's exactly the same look I get when he talks about golf.

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    LOL Laurie!

    I get that look from many of my friends when I babble on about the 'chids!

    Julie

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    Yup, got that look myself today when I showed a friend one of my blooming plants. "Oh isn't that nice." (said in the most monotone voice you could ever imagine)

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