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Mericlone vs Division

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    Hi all! I have a choice to make tonight and would like a bit of input. I don't show my plants. They are strictly for my enjoyment and a bit of decor. I am in the process of purchasing a Laelia Santa Barbara Sunset "showtime". I have the option of a division of the original awarded plant or a mericlone from its developers. The division is twice the cost of the mericlone. Worth it?
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    I've seen m/clones of it flower here & I would have no problems in buying one IF its a fresh clone from the original. If its a clone from a clone I would have second thoughts. I show & breed orchids & a piece of the original would be preferable, in your case, grab the clone.

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    Thanks Roy! It would be a limited clone of the original. I got a bad clone of it in the past and need to replace it because I am so smitten with those blooms!
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    It all depends on the way your mericlone has been made. If its been done through plb's, which is a bit more susceptible for mutations, or if it's done through a meristem from a new shoot and then multiplied through axillairy shoots, which means that the new plants always are derived from meristematic tissue, less susceptible for mutations. Just ask your award winning owner. Flowering time might also be considered, a division is generative, a mericlone is still vegetative the first years.

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    It all depends. If you don't have much experience with Laelias and cost is an important factor, I would go for the mericlone. If you've had a lot of success with Laelias and this plant is important to you and the extra money isn't beyond your budget I think I would be tempted to buy the division. I always think of it in terms of the cost of eating in a nice restaurant. I look at the price and ask myself if I would I feel comfortable spending this much for a nice dinner? It seems to make me feel better about spending that much on an orchid.

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