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Blooming Orchids all year - what "calendar" does one go by?

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    Maura! With the big murder incident aside!, have you experienced quite a high rate of death with orchids from start to now like me. I always think of a diff. one each time and ponder.....oops I did it again. It goes with the turf and part of the learning curve. The pleasure and satisfaction is more important as with all hobbies. Admittingly the death rate is not so high now and I notice factors i was not aware of before such as my last thread with cross infection. My main thread serves a great purpose for me as a diary. Even this soon the changes have been big.

    I notice that I can rule out certain genera/ species as I/ grow area is not compatible. So no more Stanhopeas - boo hoo!!! The fine tuning will result in a more specialist approach. This new year I am not using commercial ferts and will just use seaweed only, except my cymbids that are addicted to miracle grow like a drug addict with heroin after 20 odd years. No matter how weak or how often i find most of these ferts the guilty culprit for root damage/ hinderance. That has been a subject of experimentation.

    As part of a preventative routine plan fungicide will be used monthly, thoroughly. This will amount to 2 liters per month.

    All plants with a t-zone on ps.bulb eg oncid, milto, brassia will be angled downwards on mounts.

    I will no longer purchase any plants from auction sites. High risk!

    No more asian imported plants. I have enough trouble with my own home pathogens.

    I bet Maura that you could extract a few points of critical care/ control that you have singled out as potential for harm in your deliverance of care. All comes from learning curves. At times I have been close to packing it up, deluded, ignorant and careless. Frustrated and angry not a lie either.............................but im a better grower now and time/ cost will be saved and reduced. Bet this applies to you in some way, i thought no one else other than me has found it so challenging, daunting and overwhelming. Its time to keep it simple and 'bak2basix' asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    Maura! With the big murder incident aside!, have you experienced quite a high rate of death with orchids from start to now like me.



    I bet Maura that you could extract a few points of critical care/ control that you have singled out as potential for harm in your deliverance of care. All comes from learning curves. Its time to keep it simple and 'bak2basix' asap.
    Hi Matt -

    Did you read through this whole thread? I am nowhere near quitting, nor have I killed more than about 10 orchids - some intentionally - since I started. There was a significant death toll after October, but not mine to confess to. I thought that, in my responses to posts throughout this thread that I have made it clear that 1) I AM getting a lot of crucial cultivation guidelines; 2) I appreciate all the input folks (including you, of course) have written, and 3) I thoroughly enjoy this sometimes maddening hobby/addiction - I am, in fact, on a road trip to a nursery specializing in phrags and paphs and am heading off to pick up my Christmas presents - about 8 of them, for which I have no space, but I'm determined to get them in there somewhere. I'll post some photos when I get home.

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    I would have , could have asked all the questions that Maura tabled, with a couple more thrown in because I live in the Tropics where we do not have a Winter (as in very low Temps).
    I look forward to the answers others offer.
    So far Geoff has responded, and though we live in different climates, I do the same as he does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Hi Matt -

    Did you read through this whole thread? I am nowhere near quitting, nor have I killed more than about 10 orchids - some intentionally - since I started. There was a significant death toll after October, but not mine to confess to. I thought that, in my responses to posts throughout this thread that I have made it clear that 1) I AM getting a lot of crucial cultivation guidelines; 2) I appreciate all the input folks (including you, of course) have written, and 3) I thoroughly enjoy this sometimes maddening hobby/addiction - I am, in fact, on a road trip to a nursery specializing in phrags and paphs and am heading off to pick up my Christmas presents - about 8 of them, for which I have no space, but I'm determined to get them in there somewhere. I'll post some photos when I get home.
    Forgive me Maura - blind as a bat!!!! hopeless at using glasses to aid sight to the point of grudging the apalling high price everytime renew/ replace. Imagine putting your face about 8" from screen and squinting and you get a good idea of my reading ability. lol. Dont just miss out sentences but entire paragraphs, so do tend to rely on a summary or quote extract here and their. Alot more confusing when i click wrong button and post on an entirely diff thread! hehe. Other forums can be very hostile so i stick with this one.

    I think we all can confidentally say that the determination at bouncing back from your nightmare neighbour proves you are far away from quitting. While sometimes maddening, always helpful to extract a positive from a negative.

    If every member was asked if space availability acted as a deterrent i would certainly laugh. As if that could stop us.! A true addict always finds a way.!!! and the feeling of satisfaction and delight is too great to ignore when acquiring new additions. Happy orchid gathering, wouldnt mind an orchid as a gift myself.! especially 8!

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    My issues/ problems i think began with the statement Pavel made as the hobby becomes more deep and the attraction for newbies to satisfy our need. Can become all to broad and attention of care more overwhelming in terms of time. Allocation of time is an important key! Dont have it = dont do it = dont waste money and certainly dont waste money on various treatments, chemicals because you notice symptoms that have gone to far from being overlooked due to failure to committ.

    I could easily adhere to method of grouping plants in numbers that share similar care needs inorder to improve time management. Certainly a very useful tool for a beginner, but ive missed that turning! The hobby in my eyes is now a journey down a long road but soon it will be required to choose new direction, Left, right or str8 on. Too many calendars would intimidate me and only require one. At this stage too many incidents/ errors have existed and has gradually fine tuned my approach. Reaching this point may have taken longer and cost more but the results work in my favour. The collection has evolutinized on its own timezone as time spent season to season. It dictates me and not vice versa.

    A small group of genera exist within my collection - the catasetinae.! ONLY these rest and I respond accordingly. The remainder of all others (bout 100 or so get sprayed, fed, watered and shaved, plucked and moisturized equally with a deluxe weekend at the 'beauty farm & spa' for health and frequenting the gym for strength, year round. They all seem quite content with positive signs. If I carelessly cause damage or head butt a mounted one then they sulk!!!so be it!!!!!and I ignore them with no water/feeding etc until further notice whatever the type! There are great advantages with mounting and media is improvised or adjusted accordingly. I have withdrawn TLC and introduced tough love. I feel like shouting "if you dont like it, you know where the door is", or bin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by opaline View Post
    ....all others (bout 100 or so get sprayed, fed, watered and shaved, plucked and moisturized equally with a deluxe weekend at the 'beauty farm & spa' for health and frequenting the gym for strength, year round. They all seem quite content with positive signs. If I carelessly cause damage or head butt a mounted one then they sulk!!!so be it!!!!!and I ignore them with no water/feeding etc until further notice whatever the type! There are great advantages with mounting and media is improvised or adjusted accordingly. I have withdrawn TLC and introduced tough love. I feel like shouting "if you dont like it, you know where the door is", or bin!
    I'm with you - and it depends on the mood I'm in - and that can be either fortunate or unfortunate for my collection. I once watched a video when I was researching repotting cymbidiums in which the grower advised strongly "Don't molly-coddle them! They hate being molly-coddled!" Of course, she was talking only about cyms, but that line runs through my head whenever I feel less than delicate in my handling of them....

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    Can you imagine Maura if we were to sit through and watch hours of secret video footage of us pottering about by that fly on the wall. I swear 4 or 5 hours would feature me in a time warp trance gauping at a film while struggling and fiddling and getting irritated trying to mount a blasted plant to bark. Im convinced it s a 3 person job.! No wonder im tired as my sleep hours dwindle.

    Gently does it, in a meticulous logical method and approach followed by foul cursing language throwing the damned thing across the room as patience evaporates. Jecyll and hyde or maybe schizophrenic! Gotta love it!

    And yes, we should not pamper them, wrapping them in bubbles and cotton wool at the fear of a microbe letting hell break loose. They need the thirst for life, the hunger and the challenge or mothernatures genius has wasted millions of years of evolution. How will they learn and make progress with ease and convenientce.

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