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This is a discussion on Your most expensive orchid? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by bitepourrie I put already several orchids for ID and i am gratefull ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitepourrie View Post
    I put already several orchids for ID and i am gratefull to all the members who took time out to look the pictures(sometimes not that good) to help with ID , i intend to put some on the orchidbid but i am still in the dolldrums with computersystem and i havent been able to figure out how to make links, but dont worry i am on and i am determined to solve the problem
    Looks like you put one on already: OrchidBids

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    Quote Originally Posted by maria1971 View Post
    I paid $350.00 for a Laelia anceps 'San Bar Guerrero' division.

    I regularly pay 100-200 for my Laelia anceps. I collect those.

    More than I would be able to spend myself, Maria. (Though I certainly don't begrudge you spending what you do.) If you can afford it, why not? I'm aware of you Laelia anceps collection and look forward to seeing your pics as they come into bloom!

    Bitepourrie, yes many of us live in "wealthy" countries but that does not mean we ourselves are wealthy. Further you need to keep in mind that in a "wealthy" country, everything (even the common everyday things) costs more as well.

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    More than I would be able to spend myself, Maria. (Though I certainly don't begrudge you spending what you do.) If you can afford it, why not? I'm aware of you Laelia anceps collection and look forward to seeing your pics as they come into bloom!
    It was , well no *is* my dream orchid. I just hope that the blooms match my expectations.

    I've been lusting over it for 3 years and this year I was confident enough in my orchid growing skills to give it what I feel the care that it deserves. So I said, why not?

    Thank you!! Today I went outside and I was stunned AND pleased to see that about 5 of my Laelia anceps have spikes. I'm really tickled pink, but I know mishaps still happen.

    I too am looking forward to photographing them!! Ah........a bevy of Laelia anceps in bloom......it's like beautiful butterflies dancing.

    (ha!! I'm waxing poetic now!)

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    Not that I'm trying to "jinx" you, Maria, but just be extra careful and try to avoid being as clutsy as I can be (and accidently snapping off a spike).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitepourrie View Post
    The mention stingy did not refer to the amount of money an orchid is worth, it refers to the amount of money you are willing to allocate to your hobby, if you have other priorities OK.I never said i could spent thousand to the orchids as i collect endemic philippine orchids who grow mostly in the ancestral mountains of my wife.I pay the people who collect them for me and climb the 30 meter high trees to find them, take a picture first with a cellphone bring the picture down to put on the computer to see what kind of species it is and if it has sidesuckers who can safely be removed without harming the motherplant.For that work i consider they are entitled to fair compensation
    here locally always expressed in kilos rice they get for it, mostly enough rice to feed themselves about one week.Most of you live in wealthy countries so i consider that if you want to enjoy the presence of a rare nice orchid in yr backyard or room you have to agree to a fair compensation of the ones who do the job to bring that flower
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    Kudos to you for practicing fair trade and providing the workers an ability to earn a decent living. Promoting human dignity is important and I appreciate that you value it.

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    Mine will be a SGD60 (approx USD50) Bulbophyllum longiflorum. I must be out of my mind then, letting the adrenaline overtake my rationale. I could have waited around for a cheaper deal. After that its Paphiopedilum sanderianum approx USD45.

    Cheers

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    100.00 for Vanda Gordon Dillon 'Lea' AM/AOS
    75.00 for Vanda tessellata 'Mary Motes' FCC/AOS

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    I want to add....
    That that some of the most beautiful orchids I have have been the young unbloomed plants that I picked up for a few dollars apiece.

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    Most expensive orchid is $30 for Lc. Hsin Buu Lady 'YT' (technically a gift from my H) and $28 for a bulbo masdevalliaceum (blumei) . Actually, since I bought the bulbo online, I should prob add $5 to its cost for a share of the shipping from that order. (Despite being a decent size, it has not yet bloomed for me.

    On the low end, $2 for a rescue peloric phal, and $2 for a bareroot C bowringia at an orchid show. Both of those have bloomed since I got them, BTW.

    Since I play with statistics at work, I went ahead and figured mean and mode from my records. Excluding the freebies and gifts, my average orchid plant is $11.72, and the most frequent price is $8.

    Yes, I am a bit stingy, but most of what I collect is pretty readily available...I don't have to pay folks to remove them from the wild; some are bought on sale, others are from members at our orchid society who sell divisions when they repot. And, since I still have a lot to learn (and no greenhouse), I prefer to keep the stakes low for now. Besides, I truly am tight-fisted ;-)!. That's not to say I would not ever spend more, but so far no really expensive orchid has gotten under my skin!

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    Let's see......

    Paraphalaenopsis labukenkis - $75 NBS two years ago. Then later same year, at the orchid auction, I won one of those 'FULLY MATURED' one with a spike for $40.

    Oh well. I like both of them.

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