Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
Like Tree42Likes

Sometimes, I get emotional over my orchids...

This is a discussion on Sometimes, I get emotional over my orchids... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So I found a phal that was on its way to the dump and took ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Stacierew is offline Member
    Real Name
    Stacie
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Denver, CO
    Posts
    37

    Default Sometimes, I get emotional over my orchids...

    So I found a phal that was on its way to the dump and took it in, this past spring. Over the summer it started doing remarkably well, putting out leaf after leaf, and new roots. A couple of the roots were growing skyward. I laughed, as I always felt teased (hoping they were a spike). I tend to look at my orchids daily...ever searching for a spike or new growth. I even keep them on my dining room table so that I wont miss any thing new happening.
    Imagine my surprise when I looked at the "revived orchid" yesterday to see a six inch spike reaching towards the window. Im pretty sure my eyes nearly bugged out. I know my jaw dropped. I cannot begin to fathom how I missed it. That being said, I was suddenly struck by this little symbol of hope and regeneration, and I found myself misty eyed. It almost feels like the orchid is giving me a spike out of gratitude.
    I know this sounds crazy, but Im sure it would sound even crazier to my friends and family than it would to you guys : )

  2. #2
    tucker85's Avatar
    tucker85 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jeff Tucker
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Vanda
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Plantation, Florida
    Posts
    2,446
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I roam around my porch with a cup of coffee every morning, checking every orchid for new growth, new roots or a flower spike. I can get just as excited about new roots as I can about flowers. I can't say that I get misty eyed, but I definitely understand.

  3. #3
    fooyukweng's Avatar
    fooyukweng is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Yuk Weng
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Phal. cornu cervi
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ipoh, Malaysia
    Posts
    126
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I totally understand how you feel.....

  4. #4
    Kmac's Avatar
    Kmac is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kathi
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    How can I pick just one???
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    2,515
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Stacie--

    You sound perfectly normal to me.


  5. #5
    panam's Avatar
    panam is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Patty
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    What isn't?!
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Yuma, AZ: The little corner where Arizona, California and Mexico meet.
    Posts
    3,094
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Congratulations on the spike! I agree: the phal is thanking you for your care. Crazy? I think not!! It's good to be grateful and appreciative of all the wonders that come our way.

  6. #6
    Gurj's Avatar
    Gurj is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Gurjeet
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever I can grow/care for.
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    England
    Posts
    380
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts, likewise.

  7. #7
    leafmite's Avatar
    leafmite is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Leaf Mite
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    anything fragrant, miniatures
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    244
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I always feel overjoyed when a plant I don't think will survive shows amazing tenacity. These plants do inspire me. When the chips are down, they fight to survive, thrive, and produce something beautiful.
    Posted via Mobile Device

  8. #8
    sand_tiger86's Avatar
    sand_tiger86 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kelly
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Vandas and Catts
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    811

    Default

    I just pictured you weeping over a phal. It's giving me the church giggles at work.

  9. #9
    King Kjeldz is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kjeldsen Affoon
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Trichocentrums,Local Species
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Trinidad and Tobago
    Posts
    698
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    most of the emotion i have is usually anger towards a roach or a slug or a wind broken spike or something...but i do have my moments...i remember i waked up Christmas day when i was 15 yrs old and saw 3 spikes of an Oncidium luridum i recently moved to a sunnier location that had been growing in a 1 gallon paint bucket for 3 years under an avocado branch and had never flowered...the first spike had 123 flowers, the second had 89 and the third had 46...i dont think ill ever forget that...........what a great Christmas i had..fragrance awesome....come on i mean to say i'm 27 years old have partied, gymed drank alcohol till my insides was out......and in my country i am weird....... a guy liking flowers or plants on the whole is considered homo even more so showing emotions because of orchids!! I LOVE ORCHIDS!!! and if that makes us all psycho so be it put us all in a large island greenhouse with a mountain in the middle so those who grow temperate/highland species would be happy!!! haahahahahahahahahahahahah LOLOLOL
    Last edited by King Kjeldz; September 19th, 2012 at 08:25 PM.

  10. #10
    jai_star's Avatar
    jai_star is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cymbidium , Phalaneopsis
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Posts
    342
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    All your nurturing has paid off ! You are rewarded with blooms. You are also not alone i'm very emotinal to my orchids too while i'm out i think about how they are doing and can't wait to get home to see them.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Water Orchids, Carnivore Orchids
    By SvenLittkowski in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: August 6th, 2014, 03:01 PM
  2. my orchids..mixture of different kinds of orchids..
    By janoyski_8 in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: July 25th, 2012, 09:01 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.