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Do you get stressed over ugly plants?

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    one orchid i know people love to hate - reedstem epidendrums. i used to have a ton of the old tall, sprawling bushy things when i had more space. even the old hybrids have clusters of bright colored flowers, and year round here too. they were killed off by bugs. i've been getting some of the newer hybrids, much smaller growing, and bigger flowers even, but they don't seem to flower non-stop like the oldies did. but what a huge family of ugly orchids. some do have nice bright flower clusters, but have you seen the less common species of epi? as an epi lover, i still gotta ask, what is the point of so many of them? they have tiny little green flowers that are hard to spot. and sellers want big bucks because they're 'rare' in cultivation. i always picture some old lady pulling weeds form her garden and selling them to idiots here in america because we think we're getting something unusual. yeah, a tropical weed that grows 12 feet tall and has itty bitty green hard to see flowers. i've seen prettier milkweeds.

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    I'll give a phal one thing, when it's dead you KNOW it's dead. I have a mini catt hybrid that I've given up for dead on more than one occasion. I finally just said screw it and left it alone... the damn thing is putting out new leaves all over the place.

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    i do have a little LC trick or treat, it's not as bad, since it's small. it's got a new growth coming out, it better flower this time! not sure if i should be giving bloom fertilizer though. i never know with cattleyas if they flower on new growth, or need to wait awhile to bud. cymbidiums were much easier to figure out than cattleyas. the c.bowringiana flowered with new growth, as soon as the leaves were done it was in sheath and budding up. last year the tricker or treat put out 2 new growths, but no flowers. it's getting more light now, fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    I'll give a phal one thing, when it's dead you KNOW it's dead. I have a mini catt hybrid that I've given up for dead on more than one occasion. I finally just said screw it and left it alone... the damn thing is putting out new leaves all over the place.
    I agree. Those Phals. are pretty unforgiving when you treat them badly (or not so badly, as they're notorious for just deciding they don't like you anymore and keeling over). Once it's gone downhill, there's usually no going back. You can practically throw a Cattleya into the oven, take it out and put it down the garbage disposal and it'll still put out new growth.

    And I too hate reed stem epidendrums. Even the brighter ones...I don't like orchids with flower "clusters" at the end of a spike...I like each flower to be large and individually distinctive.

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    epis are good for landscaping here. the older ones grow to about 4 or 5 feet, and become a mound of color. but for average ochid hobby, they are just too big. the newer ones are nice though. i sacrifice some flower power for all year color. i like the cattleyas, but they only flower once a year. my red epi has been flowering since february, and no sign of slowign down yet. it is about 30 inches tall. the little Aiko (lavender) has been blooming as long too, but the orange one petered out a month ago. i also have a 'rene marques 'tyler' epicat that i and hoping will flower on the new growth coming out. still not sure if this guy is like a cattleya or more like a reed stem. it really does appear somewhere in the middle. these new hybrids might actually have some large flowers if the hybridizers keep working towards it. like with oncidiums, they have mixed in some miltonia and brassia, and the flowers are coming out much larger on some. my shelob tolkien has a stem of 4" flowers now, and this is the 3rd spike this year, and i bet i get at least 2 more by september. especially if i hit it with flower booster fertilizer.

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    I had a Rene Marques Tyler ('Shaniqua Oprah Kathryn Billy-Bob' and whatever other names they decide to throw in). I just kept it in a South window and it bloomed fine. I got rid of it once it bloomed and I didn't care for the flowers though (I bought it out of bloom and didn't know what it was even).

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    I gave up long ago pursuing immaculate plants. I always warn folks when I do trades not to expect a picture of perfection. As, Kelly noted particularly with catts, damaged leaves will stay with you for years -- literally. I do admire the beautiful, blemish free plants so many nurseries and greenhouse growers tend to offer or show. However, I refuse to go to the measures they generally do to get there. I grow my plants in my apt. Using poisons in the same area in which I live and am regularly in contact is simply something I prefer to avoid or minimize as much as I can whenever I can. Result? I must accept that I rarely will have those "perfect" looking plants.

    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i've seen prettier milkweeds.
    Personally, I like milkweeds. Seriously, I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    also, i must say, i love the jewel orchids, but my ludisia has fallen prey to some mysterious orchid pests, and went from a bushy 10" pot of leaves to a stark bowl of dying stems in less than 2 days. i am sprayinig them with neem, but not sure if they will survive or not. talk about unsightly.
    Without doubt, jewel orchids have the loveliest leaves ! A close second would be Habenaria carnea, with its velvety, spotted fawn coloured leaves. I agree with Bruce that slipper orchid plants are pretty, especially the mottled leaves paphios.

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    I'm actually not big on the mottled-leaved Paphs. They're a bit too forest-y for my taste, as opposed to tropical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    I'm actually not big on the mottled-leaved Paphs. They're a bit too forest-y for my taste, as opposed to tropical.
    Kelly, I just had to laugh when reading this thread. Do you, by any chance, live alone?

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