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What blooms count as "yours"?

This is a discussion on What blooms count as "yours"? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; 12 month or a full growing cycle for fast growing species. Though I have seen ...

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    12 month or a full growing cycle for fast growing species. Though I have seen that for example cattleyas flower better when grown well for several years and thereby a "first year" flowering could be due to care before accuiring the plant ...

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    I agree with Connie, for personal ownership if I purchase a plant that blooms within the first month of my ownership...that bloom is mine, all mine because of the possibility of blast or drop-off. A good friend informed me about the AOS rule which really put things in perspective for me, but then again I have never brought a plant to be publicly shown that I have not owned for at least six months. This was the first month, I brought a Paph. Lady Isabel that I purchased last November to our orchid society meeting that was in all its full, glorious, radiant bloom. I claimed the inflorescence because of the care, time, and attention it took to get my wonderful, beautiful plant to that stage. (can you tell that I am proud of it?)

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    I think my orchids often bloom in spite of my efforts rather than because of my efforts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    I think my orchids often bloom in spite of my efforts rather than because of my efforts.
    I second that! So true.

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    To say what I've caused to bloom or at least helped along with the orchids efforts is a difficult question. I do not attend orchid shows or meetings as they are at least a three and a half hour ride away so the judging rules don't really apply to me. Having said that though i believe that consistentcy of blooms whether it be once a year or several times a year, means more to me now than the precious, but rare bloom even if those flowers are drop dead gorgeous! Only over the course of some years can I have some certainty in knowing that I had a hand in the orchids growth, health and flowering. AL

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    When I order plants, I always buy the smallest pot size. If one dies its a smaller dollar loss, and the ones that thrive I know are happy with the conditions I can provide. When one of these babies flowers, there's no doubt it's my bloom.

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