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Orchids you probably shouldn't have bought because they are now HUGE?

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    Default Orchids you probably shouldn't have bought because they are now HUGE?

    Which varieties of orchid have you had second thoughts about after they started taking over the house/garden? Quite a few look so sweet when they are small and it's not always obvious that they will become monsters one day - nor easy to trim or divide them. So which ones have you found can grow impractically large?

    Thanks

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    Laelia undulata spikes too tall..Oncidium Colon same thing..Dendrobium Norman 'Pam' canes too long....Vanda Poe Poe,teres,Andre Sigovia ammm tricuspidata..Josephine Black..Joaquim..Vandachnis Premier..Arachnis Maggie Oei more or less has formed a hedge..took over the whole fence..Coelogyne pandurata owns a tree..dats about it
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    I have lots of space, so size is not a problem. So far I've only got rid of 2 jumbo-sized plants Grammatophyllum speciosum and Vandopsis gigantea - not because of their size.... the Grm speciosum for being a recalcitrant bloomer and the Vndps for bearing small( relative to the size of the plant dull coloured flowers on very short spikes/

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    Trichocentrum splendidum "mule ear" is a large and heavy plant. I have five divisions/plants. Earlier this year, I repotted two of them--one of these plants divided into four, I kept one and gave away three. The second plant, I divided into four and gave away two. I have two more plants that I did not divide--both are massive--two feet long leaves, growing at odd angles. The spikes will grow to five feet and bloom many yellow-brown flowers.

    That is a run around way to answer the basic premise of this thread. I was hoping to give all of the divisions I created to people that would provide their culture. But having such large divided plants caused many potential owners to just say no thanks, I wish I had room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattWoelfsen View Post
    Trichocentrum splendidum "mule ear" is a large and heavy plant. I have five divisions/plants. Earlier this year, I repotted two of them--one of these plants divided into four, I kept one and gave away three. The second plant, I divided into four and gave away two. I have two more plants that I did not divide--both are massive--two feet long leaves, growing at odd angles. The spikes will grow to five feet and bloom many yellow-brown flowers.

    That is a run around way to answer the basic premise of this thread. I was hoping to give all of the divisions I created to people that would provide their culture. But having such large divided plants caused many potential owners to just say no thanks, I wish I had room!
    Hi Matt, I'd really like to see a pic of the Giant plant, maybe with something next to, for comparing size. I also like huge plants, but my lack of space and the climate here (3 summer moths at almost 40°C / 104°F and 3 winter months at -10°C / 14°F) give me no chance to grow them...

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    Hello Sbrofio, GREAT job finding a photo of my Trichocentrum. I have problems posting photos on this website--there are size limits and I cannot figure out how to reduce the file. Your climate is similar to mine. If size is a consideration, then a well grown Trichocentrum is not the plant for you. But the plant is very rewarding. Good idea about posting something familiar next to the plant so you can see how large it is...I'll pose an iPad next to it--a large iPad.

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    I also like cattan a lots of space but my vandas some of them already more than 7 feet very very tall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattWoelfsen View Post
    Hello Sbrofio, GREAT job finding a photo of my Trichocentrum. I have problems posting photos on this website--there are size limits and I cannot figure out how to reduce the file. Your climate is similar to mine. If size is a consideration, then a well grown Trichocentrum is not the plant for you. But the plant is very rewarding. Good idea about posting something familiar next to the plant so you can see how large it is...I'll pose an iPad next to it--a large iPad.
    Visit this link: Image Editor for OrchidTalk - OrchidTalk Orchid Forums - Grow Orchids! and you can edit your photos to 700x 700 pixels and 72 DPI. Easy.

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    Orchids? At this point, I can honestly say "none" in a long, long time. Living in an apt has always placed limits on the size of the orchids I buy and -- as many of the older members here know -- as a result, I generally stick to minis and compact growers. (And with most of the true minis, it takes a LONG time before they out grow any space.) I do have a couple of catts that are large for what I grow, but I knew they would be when I got them.

    I did have a few large growers over the years that I got rid of only in part because of their size, so whether they count is debatable. They were:

    • a NoID phal from when I first got into orchids -- but that was after I had joined an OS and learned of minicatts which became my orchids of choice
    • a Brassia hybrid -- wouldn't bloom for me so out it went
    • a Onc Sharry Baby -- got a major mealybug infestation, and was a rather stubborn bloomer so tossed it out into the snow


    Now as far as OTHER plants go ... even then it is a rather short list and often one with extenuating qualifiers:

    • a NoID African Violet -- It started out as a 4in in diameter plant which I got for 50 cents or a dollar and picked it up to try out in my 55gal terrarium. Within a year or two it had become a monster with a diameter of 12" (30.5cm) and was muscling out my other terr plants. So ripped it out and sent it down to an OT member in Florida to "retire" on her lanai.
    • a Dracena -- Got it for a couple bucks as a 8" tall plant. Put it out the other day by the dumpster in case anyone wishes to adopt it. It is now over 2ft tall and has a major issue with what I think is chloriosis but I just don't love it enough to fuss with it.
    • a Zamioculcas -- Liked it in the store but returned it after a couple weeks. It just didn't excite me in the only places it would fit in my apt.



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    Standard Cymbidium. Fortunately I can place it outside in the summer, however it is currently competing for space in my orchid room (also my art and study area). I am rotating my plants. The Vandas though, never budge from the windowsill though as they are my babies (figuratively speaking of course teehee).

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