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This is a discussion on Orchids as holiday ornaments within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I tried to find shorter-stemmed white phals for my decor this Christmas, but i was ...

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    I tried to find shorter-stemmed white phals for my decor this Christmas, but i was only able to find one tall one, so I used that. Next year maybe I'll get going earlier and hit the wholesale market--I'd love to have 5 or so in this lineup!

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    Very nice!

    In my office building, the building management changes the decor theme seasonally in their 3 'planters' in the lobby.

    About Thanksgiving they changed it from white painted brush (sticks arranged in the 2' square planters, I never really thought much of that display) to 3 white phal orchid plants per planter. The orchids actually did pretty well and most buds opened even though in the drafty lobby. They are fading now and one has crown rot. It was a beautiful display.

    Also there was traditional Christmas decorations in the lobby

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    I don't suppose they'd let you take them home before they die... Phals are pretty darn tough actually, they are often used for decor and hold up long enough to really get the benefit from the flowers. One of the gals at my dentist's office told me that they take theirs home after they are past their prime for decoration, that made me happy.

    Phalspital - get your whites any time and "force" them to bloom a bit early, all they need is a drop in temperature for a while - look into it and get the timing right. I have three of my Phals in spike at the moment and I don't even try. Mine usually bloom from late Jan through April. They are not all on exactly the same cycle. Add some red flowers too for contrast and really go bright! It would be pretty with more white Phals though.

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    I have about 20 white plants already. Cooling them down to 60 would be a bit difficult, as I am usually not in Florida until Nov 1, and cool nights are not a given on the Gulf Coast. It can stay in the low-to-mid 70s at night until around Thanksgiving. This year we had some cool nights in mid-November, so my phals spiked then and are starting to bloom now. That is, they would have bloomed if something hadn't eaten them all.

    Short of installing some kind of cool room and spending a fortune on A/C (lol), I just need to get my act together earlier to find some in the market. Most local growers don't even bother with phals until after New Years. Maybe I should try white catts...

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    I had walked by the person doing the arrangements a month ago and said "Don't be surprised if a couple come up missing. There are a number of orchid fans here." She didn't really respond other than smile.

    If I happen to see her when she is removing them, I will ask what becomes of them and I'd take a couple off their hands.

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    I did a red 4" brom., two white phals, and a blue dish for New Years. Looks pretty cool.

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    Here are pics of the lobby Orchids!

    The flowers are big!

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    Anything Yukidian makes those big white flat flowers. I have one called Ming Sing that has huge blossoms...or I did until someone ate it. Grrrrrr.

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    I bought a Phalaenopsis Sogo Yukidian at a box store a month ago, very cheap, I thought it was done flowering, but saw a couple others still in flower. Imagine my surprise when I found the spike was broken, not done and it started to grow a bloom shoot! Yay! Quite lucky for $7!! The plant isn't that big, but looks healthy enough so I hope to have it for years and get the big specimen thing going.

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    Carol, one of my Yukidians is two plants in one pot. Its spikes are (usually) long and both plants double-spike. It's a gorgeous thing, but this year I don't know if I'll see anything from it because of the mites. Boo hoo.

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