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Orchids: Just...why?

This is a discussion on Orchids: Just...why? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Mabuhay! this thread makes me cry...

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    Mabuhay!

    this thread makes me cry

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    According to my mother in law, the ONLY orchids that look like an orchid are Phals. I know, I know....(shakes her head).

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    In her defense, when I started with orchids I didn't know there were other types besides Phals!

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    Yes, Phals were my "image" of an orchid before I really started growing. Most people say a Cattleya should come to mind first, but when I first saw a Cattleya I did a head tilt and just blinked.

    There seem to be six main, major Orchid alliances (to me) - Phalaenopsis, Vanda, Cattleya, Dendrobium, Oncidium and Cymbidium.

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    Don't forget the slipper orchids!!

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    What a fun thread. I think my tastes are similar to yours, sand_tiger, and the way I'd put it is that I do love big, jazzy Cattleyas, and the farther an orchid gets from that, the less I like it. I like some species -- I just got a C. warcsewicszii (probably butchered that spelling) that I'm jazzed about, and I have a C. granulosa and a couple C. amethystoglossas to which I'm extremely attached. I like the rupiculous laelias. I got into orchids for enormous, fragrant, flashy flowers, though, so a lot of the plainer species, yeah, I can't get all that excited about them.

    I've gotten interested in angraecoids in the past year or so, even though most of them are just white for color -- they make pretty plants and cute, elegant flowers. And how many things pull off cute and elegant at the same time?

    Dens, I mostly find myself liking species and primary hybrids, including deciduous ones (which aren't easy for me to grow), and being totally unimpressed with normal, hard-cane hybrids. They're pretty, but they're not exciting. I have a couple phals I like ok -- they're cute -- but for the most part, they don't excite me either. Vandas, I love, but I can't grow them.

    As for ones I actively dislike, masdevallias! They look alien to me, and not in a cool way, just in a weird, gross way. Bulbophyllums, mostly I don't like the flower shapes and the plants themselves look like regular plants to me, not like orchids. Pleurothallids. . . it's hard to discount that whole genus, because it's so variable, but I have to say, I don't think I've ever seen one, even in all that variety, that made me go, wow, I want to try to grow that. Leafless orchids, orchids that smell weird, orchids with tiny, barely-visible, usually green flowers -- those all make me go, why, why would anyone bother with that plant. I feel like it's kind of a gimmick, like, ooh, this plant is crazy, more than about the plant being beautiful. And however conventional it is, I like beauty.

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    I guess it's a good thing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. After all, if everyone only liked one kind of orchid, they would be horribly difficult to access. Everyone can get (pretty much) what they prefer.

    This is one thread I'm NOT showing to my orchids... Hey, I'll take any bloom they offer me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daethen View Post
    According to my mother in law, the ONLY orchids that look like an orchid are Phals. I know, I know....(shakes her head).
    I never saw a phal til a few years ago, I grew up with my grandmother's garden of local orchids, succulents, cacti and African violets. I even have a piece of her 'Miss Joaquim' growing in my front lawn now just like hers. Catts were shocking the first time I saw them, they kinda had the vaginal first impression. However they slowly grew on me, like a weird fungus. I'm still taken aback by some of the colours and combinations, not all work for me. I think I'm leaning more to the vandas and dens. And I hit a pay load of local Schomburkia from a construction site a friend of mine is supervising yesterday, will post those later for ID'ing after I have given them a proper once over.

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    Hahahaha...I won't say it! I cannot...mustn't...no!
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    SAY IT

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