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This is a discussion on So many orchids so little time! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; ...
................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!
Trichoglottis philippinensis brachiata
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.
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.
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!
I almost got all the plants except Renantera, Catt, Phal anyway I prefer Paph bellatulum and tobaense very striking and long lasting.
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!
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!