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What is your greatest sacrifice for your orchid.

This is a discussion on What is your greatest sacrifice for your orchid. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Sue, have you thought about vase culture? I know of a few people that put ...

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    Sue, have you thought about vase culture? I know of a few people that put their vanda seedlings in tall vases. They fill the vases with water once or twice a day and leave it in for a few minutes then drain it. That way the humidity stays up around the roots, but they are able to grow with the roots free of medium. Just a thought.

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    Matt - my next door neighbor has a black walnut tree and it's the bane of her gardening existence because she is limited to what will grow on the ground near the tree due to this chemical toxicity thing that walnut trees produce. It may be that once the tree is cut down or dead that it's not an issue any more. I also have a friend who is a woodturner and he said that he loves working with walnut but 1) he has to turn walnut before it is gets too aged and dried out from being cut down and 2) he has to take safety precautions like wearing a mask and wash his hands immediately after working with it because walnut is one of the more "toxic" woods to work with fresh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daethen View Post
    Sue, have you thought about vase culture? I know of a few people that put their vanda seedlings in tall vases. They fill the vases with water once or twice a day and leave it in for a few minutes then drain it. That way the humidity stays up around the roots, but they are able to grow with the roots free of medium. Just a thought.
    I have a few seedlings I have done this way for a while, you can see 2 of them in the window sill in the third picture. Right now they are in tall mason jars. I mist the roots through the top of the jar and then pour off the water, I do this every morning. And then I fertilize weekly by filling the jar with my fert solution and letting it soak almost all day. I usually skip misting the next morning because they're still drying from their big soak. Hope this helps!


    In response to the original topic of conversation, I think my biggest sacrifice is that ALL of my orchids (all but 8 minis I grow outside) are currently in the house. That's 40 something orchids of all sizes hanging from the kitchen lights, bathroom shower rod, and filling up the tub. It's a tad in the way. My wife is being gracious, but I'm seriously hoping tonight is the last night of this, for my precious wife's sanity.
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    When hurricane Hugo hit us way back I was doing my internship and could not get home until late in the evening. I started moving plants all over the house (laundry room, dining room, workshop) until 2 AM when winds started. I had to leave many plants outside including 100 or so Dend. anosmum alba and a large coerulea vanda. As the storm passed I could see the vanda swinging back and forth. After the storm passed I only had 3 of my anosmum alba. The Vanda coerulea died but before saying goodbye gave me 3 spikes, all full and erect, 60 flowers or so, all flat. Cars went by and stopped to take pictures of it. We had a show in 2 weeks that I hoped to exhibit but was cancelled due to the damage the storm had made. In total lost about 2 grand in plants but the ones I saved were worth the trouble (did I mention we did not have any light or water for a week?).
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    We have an English Walnut. It doesn't seem to do any harm. Our neighbors, though, had never heard of English Walnuts and gave us the lecture on Black Walnuts. : )
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    I had a hard time getting even hostas to grow under black walnut and they will grow nearly anywhere.

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    Gage - Take a shower and mist your orchids at the same time, very efficient! You couldn't just try to convince her that they are holiday decorations - martha

    "In response to the original topic of conversation, I think my biggest sacrifice is that ALL of my orchids (all but 8 minis I grow outside) are currently in the house. That's 40 something orchids of all sizes hanging from the kitchen lights, bathroom shower rod, and filling up the tub. It's a tad in the way. My wife is being gracious, but I'm seriously hoping tonight is the last night of this, for my precious wife's sanity"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gage View Post
    I have a few seedlings I have done this way for a while, you can see 2 of them in the window sill in the third picture. Right now they are in tall mason jars. I mist the roots through the top of the jar and then pour off the water, I do this every morning. And then I fertilize weekly by filling the jar with my fert solution and letting it soak almost all day. I usually skip misting the next morning because they're still drying from their big soak. Hope this helps!


    In response to the original topic of conversation, I think my biggest sacrifice is that ALL of my orchids (all but 8 minis I grow outside) are currently in the house. That's 40 something orchids of all sizes hanging from the kitchen lights, bathroom shower rod, and filling up the tub. It's a tad in the way. My wife is being gracious, but I'm seriously hoping tonight is the last night of this, for my precious wife's sanity.
    Wow gage! so much sacrifice for this. :-) i love your sacrifice. seeing your plants always eherever you go inside the house.

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    Years ago,I had no luck reblooming a Phrag. Eric Young (Or something like that) for about a year. I spent a month in November sleeping with my window open a few inches sinces I hoped a good temperature drop at night would get it blooming... I got a cold bedroom and no spike!

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    I am speaking for Maura and myself when I say we have sacrificed our living room, all our free time, dropping other hobbies we were very interested in like playing pool - we used to be decent enough pool players. Now we have to stay home and water the orchids, repot them or something.But most of all, I have sacrificed my wallet. I don't even want to know what we have spent on these flowers, and when you get right down to it, they are just flowers (heresy I know), but they have cost enough over the past year to finance a trip, and a nice one, trip to the Caribbean, Europe or just about anywhere a person might like to go. It has left us counting our pennies for a two week trip down to Southwest FL. We went to see if a local nursery had some particular plant, which it didn't, however it had $120.00 worth of things that were "can't do without". (AOS judging is next Saturday).

    So yeah, among several other things, it has cost me my wallet. Orchid people are nuts.(And I include myself in this category having about 40 of my own.) It's as if this compulsion to have have more and more operates in our brain. I want more species and mini's, Maura wants the flavor of the day, usually something with WOW factor. I believe orchid people are missing some basic chemical in our brains. It's a compulsion that reaches out and grabs you, it's grabbed Maura, it's grabbed me for heavens sake.

    All I can say is watch out for these flowers. They will change the way you live and operate in this world.

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