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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; Okay folks, this more of a personal opinion than something scientific. We all buy plants ...

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    Okay folks, this more of a personal opinion than something scientific. We all buy plants in bloom, and in bud which is obviously not our hard work. BUT how long do you think you should have an orchid before you can claim a spike as the reward of your own conditions? For instance - you buy an orchid and it's working on a pseudobulb. It then puts out a spike a month or two later when that pseudobulb is finished growing. Was it always going to spike becauese of previous care even if you gave it less than optimal conditions?
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    It's partially your care and partially the care it was given before. IMO you can claim it if you got a new growth starting out small which matured and bloomed under your care.

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    I agree, I am like that with claiming ownership of flowers. I usually am careful to point out when they arrived in bloom as I don't want to take credit for someone else's hard work. Generally if the p-bulb grows a spike, I claim it. So many times even plants with small spikes abort, or buds drop on a new plant. My feeling is, if the spike arrives after you buy the plant, it's your spike. While their care made it possible for the plant to spike, your care determines the size of the flowers and the number of blooms you get.

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    My understanding is that it's six months for plant awards (HCC, AM, FCC), and from the AOS judging handbook:

    "The duration of plant care prior to the awarding of Certificates of Cultural Excellence (CCE) and Certificates of Cultural Merit (CCM) was increased from 6 to 12 months, the rationale being that plants grown for less than one year still reflect the care of the previous grower."

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    So, if a plant dies while I've had it less than 6 months to a year, I can blame it on someone else?? Hey, I'm not so bad after all!

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    Very interesting responses! Thanks Ray, that's a very interesting fact. I had no idea such rules existed! Glad it's not only me that contemplates this sort of thing haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    So, if a plant dies while I've had it less than 6 months to a year, I can blame it on someone else?? Hey, I'm not so bad after all!
    You can always blame bad things on other people. Always.


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    My orchid Society has a 12 month rule. That way, it is a complete season in the owners care. ( A counsel of perfection ? )

    And for the RHS CCC award - the only award given to a person ( AM and FCC are given to the plant ) one question on the form is how long you have had the plant. I have never put up a plant with less than 5 years, but of course CCC awards are for producing specimen plants , and anything which gets up to that size in anything less is not an orchid, its a weed (joke).

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    i buy most of my orchids on the internet, so most anything with a spike loses it after a week or two in my hands. between the stress of being in a dark box, and being acclimated to the bright cali sunshine, spikes blast. i think bare minimum, outside of an orchid society judging contest, i think that once an orchid acclimates, it's my fault from that point forward what happens. and that usually takes about 2 months minimum. once they snap out of their funk and start growing again, it's all me. which means that renanthera imschootiana i bought about 8 months ago that is bursting into flames on my balcony is all my doing!

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