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So many orchids so little time!

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    Default So many orchids so little time!

    ................all blooming size, mature, numerous psbs, fat canes, strong growth and healthy with sufficient space to house and controlled environmental variables in communal tropical indoor garden grow area.!!! Set allowance allocated as a treat for a plantortwo and its postage cost on top without credit cards loans overdrafts and re-mortaging the house. Price range 20 - 40£ / 18 - 38$ for each.

    Which would you pick? You can afford two from this x-factor specimen list!

    Chiloschista usneoides
    Renanthera storiei
    Rhyncholaelia digbyana
    Stanhopea embre
    Trichoglottis philippinensis brachiata
    Vanda coerulea
    Phalaenopsis braceana
    Dendrobium tobaense
    Cattleya schilleriana
    Paphiopedilum bellatulum

    or 1 selection only from above plus a mix of 5 young plants ftom stock with a further 3 years growing to do to reach bloom size. Even 10 young plants and none from above.
    I selected Chiloschista usneoides and Phalaenopsis braceana, was interested in the R.digbyana but feedback indicating slow grower repelled me. I cannot possibly babysit any number of young plants for 3 years as too many obstacles lye in wait with maturer plants alone. Thats true patience but not here.

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    my pick:

    Chiloschista usneoides

    Phalaenopsis braceana

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    How weird is that Cathy you picked same as I. To tell the truth these are the contents of my shopping cart, I cannot decide and its a gift voucher so no rush, not even the future need for space consideration helps though the hobby has become refined and more controlled (and thats defineltly a good point to reach!!!!). These two are gorgeous though and miniatures, was hoping for a few faults/ disadvantages/ unsuccessful experiences to be exposed with the others.

    Have decided Dendros are just to prone to infection but the D.Tobaense is very tempting.

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    I'd probably end up killing it, but my first choice in this list would be the Trichoglottis philippinensis brachiata. Then I would go for the Stanhopea embre. Good luck!

    Cheers,
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    I almost got all the plants except Renantera, Catt, Phal anyway I prefer Paph bellatulum and tobaense very striking and long lasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    I'd probably end up killing it, but my first choice in this list would be the Trichoglottis philippinensis brachiata. Then I would go for the Stanhopea embre. Good luck!

    Cheers,
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    Ah Bruce! spill the beans on the Trichoglottis fears. I sense some degree of inevitable defeat something that would most likely act as significant weight on the decision scale. Crown rot high risk?. Have two and a half vandas of 3 left as there position high up helps in avoiding water in crown. Purely circumstantial, a paph would be a foolish choice unless i whip out the aquarium silicone and seal. Grow area demands alot of spraying. Am so glad i scored some info on R.Digbyana, the 'slow grow' more an ideal tool as a gap filler with little risk of conflicting for light too soon. If i dont kill this something else adjacent would probably die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    I almost got all the plants except Renantera, Catt, Phal anyway I prefer Paph bellatulum and tobaense very striking and long lasting.
    You show-off Zain with your rainforest in your back yard. I think many sp i hunt for derive from your superb photos sharing similarities in taste - jungle style.! How on earth do you avoid crown rots e.g vandaceous in your humid climate. I know they exist this way in nature but on a grander scale, a garden been sheltered and confined and ofcourse generously planted. Thanks for the 'thumbs up' with the D.tobaese, long lasting. These sp. with ephemeral blooms 1 or 2/3 days - stans/ sobralias - stunning! but have a better place in larger situ whereby rotation and display works and co existense within a diverse collection means something will always be an eye catcher.

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    I'd go for the catt. I love that one and I don't really know what the other ones look like apart from the paph -which I don't particularly like anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie11 View Post
    I'd go for the catt. I love that one and I don't really know what the other ones look like apart from the paph -which I don't particularly like anyway!
    Hi susie, ive swayed back and forth with this Paph, I decided it didnt fit into my macabre weirdly wonderful category like bulbos, the D.Tobaense certainly does though. The catt would ve definetly been a priority if it was adult but seems to be sold as Seedling/Young Plant or Big Young Plant when i find it and have long woken up to many decieving sales. Far too many disadvantages for me with acquiring vulnerable plants such as young or 'needs TLC'. Im patient, but not that much and wish to enjoy the bloom sooner rather than later. 12 - 18 months is enough.

    Suprized to see that their arent many reports/ stories of growers nurturing plants to find years later that it wasnt what you bought at all but then the timescale from young to adult bloom size is quite long. I spot a loop hole!

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