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Woe Is Me!

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    Saw this stunning orchid today with three flower spikes and the plant was huge. It was 40 bucks and I picked it up to have a look at the roots I could see and uncover to have a peek at, I felt them and... *squish*. Hollow inside, like the Den. I was sad, I wanted it, but every single root I could find and felt was hollow. The medium was some kind of shredded something, looked and felt like dirt almost, and it was bone dry. Upon closer inspection, some of the leaves also had tiny black dots all over them. What is that? I've seen a ton of orchids like that. They're the size of pinheads and all over the leaf, but not always on every leaf.

    I'm having a hard time finding healthy orchids here in Utah. Even these store that are so-called "specialists" treat the orchids like crap and they’re very unhealthy. Plants are rotting or dried to the bone.
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    Buying orchids from stores is just as variable in the UK.Often they are under/over watered.What i do is try to get to the stores when they arrive & pick the best before they,ve had chance to screw about with them.
    The tiny black dots could just be a case of slightly to much sun , it,s often seen on Onc Sharry Babies.

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    Buying from stores is real iffy - but I have had pretty good luck with the ones I get at one chain. Don't know if you have it in Utah - but I will PM you the name because no commercial listings are allowed in the threads. I have been very pleased with orchids purchased over the net, especially from (Shameless Plug) RVO. You'll pay more than from a store, but the quality is sooooo much better. IF you do continue to buy from store, continue the habit of checking pbulbs and roots. I dig my fingers down into the pots without concern of offending anyone! It's my money, after all. And ask them when new shipments arrive, and then go in that day to shop. Also, I always segregate my new purchases for a week and spray with Physan in case they are carrying any disease...

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    Oh no, sorry to hear it Styx. I agree it's sad to see orchids in stores not being taken care of properly. Back when I bought my very first orchid, it was at a store (no names), I chose the healthiest, but the rest of the lot was wilting, some were dried out, some overwatered, etc. Before going to buy my first, I had done some research on them, and I knew they could thrive with better care and told the lady that was taking care of them a thing or two to help them, politely of course. She didn't take my friendly advice. A few weeks later I was back in there, and the orchids looked horrible, the sphag in their baskets and pots was soaking wet. They were still highly priced, and I asked them to reduce the price since the plants were obviously dying. They promised me a talk with the manager a few days later about it, but when the time came for that - no more orchids. They told me they had thrown them away! I felt so bad. I had wanted to buy them and take them home to nurse them back to health. On the way out of the nursery area, I peeked in the open trash bin, but didn't see any of the orchids. Yes, I would have fished them out of the trash if they'd been in there. ~ I bet I could've brought them back to life.

    I wish stores who get orchids in on a seasonal basis only, that aren't familiar with orchid care, would just do a bit of research on how to care for them, so it wouldn't be a killing season!

    I buy from a good grower now.

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    Once I went into this store (not an orchid store or a garden center) and I wanted this onc with so many pseudobulbs and two spikes. I nearly bought it when I decided to check the roots and they were all brown and rotten and the store people must have overwatered them.

    Then there were these pitiful orchids which looked new but the spikes were broken, some leaves broken, etc.

    They may not specialize in orchids, but at least they should try to take care of them better. I don't buy from those stores as much anymore...

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    I'm going to one of the chain stores tomorrow and I'm going to sit down on the floor and pull them out of their pots. I don't care, if they don't want to care for the plants, then they can clean up my mess.

    Lore, I hear you! That same chain store, I asked for a discount because the pants were in such bad shape and they refused, said if they died the nursery would give them credit so they don't care. I wish the nurseries wouldn't do that, so these *insert nasty word here* stores would take care of them!

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    Go get em, Styx! I'll be watching the news for any reports of anyone being arrested in the orchid section of a Utah store!! LOL. (Just be a little discreet) After all, who would take care of your 'chids if you were in jail???

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    XD True. I'll make a mess in a corner.

    That didn't sound quite right!

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    I am with you! I am so tired of nursing plants back to health! I recently posted a picture of a spotted (no name) Phal I got from a "reputable" dealer online. It was my FIRST orchid and after it bloomed about four years ago, I repotted it to discover about two half clinging to life roots! This year was the first year it bloomed since I nursed it back to health; rewarding but frustrating. I am so tired of sick and infested plants!

    So, again, I'm with you...I will not purchase a plant in person without taking the pot off and checking it out. If they have a problem with that, that is too bad.

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