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How do you choose a new orchid for your collection?

This is a discussion on How do you choose a new orchid for your collection? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Curious as to what drives the decision in choice when you add a new orchid ...

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    Default How do you choose a new orchid for your collection?

    Curious as to what drives the decision in choice when you add a new orchid to your collection... size, color, type, species/hybrid, etc.?
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    Usually pure lust. I HAVE to have it because I think it is so beautiful, unusual, bright, soft colored, big, small, eye catching, cheap, you name it! lol

    The biggest mistake is looking at orchids online. Oh my, then I have to have at least 3 of them!

    I guess the biggest couple of determining factors are whether I have money at the moment, my husband agrees its ok for me to buy one (he's a soft tough! lol) and if I can get it home. Sometimes I do stop to think where I'll put it, but usually not until after I buy one. It's very surprising that I only have 30+ of them!

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    The flower, its color(s) and how it attracts my eye. Being fragrant also helps seal the deal.

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    color and fragrance.

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    The amount of influence of numerous factors impacting my decision varies. So in no definite order:

    size: Any of the truly humongous growers are automatically "out" -- no matter how much I love the flowers. With few exceptions, only true minis (plants which max out at 6 inches or less in height) are candidates for adoption.

    color: Color which catches my eye is a must ... although it is possible for floral appearance to supersede color.

    appearance: Flowers must have an appealing or interesting form. Many of the Coryanthes, for example, do not have any great appeal with regards to color, but the flower forms are so grotesquely fascinating as to render coloration almost moot. On the flip side -- even if the color should be stupendous -- if the form is unappealing the plant is not worth my money.

    $: Cost is always a consideration. For this reason, I am glad I have so little interest in paphs and phrags. The price tags on most of the ones I have seen are a turn off in and of themselves.

    uniqueness: Closely related to appearance. I am more into species than hybrids currently. I have limited space and as such have no interest in having a bunch of orchids with lookalike flowers. This eliminates a plethora of hybrids out there today. Species, on the other hand, tend to have a unique look all their own.

    culture needs: Despite my love of plants like Masdevallia ignea or Masd. coccinea, it is simply impossible for me to meet their cultural needs. I will not waste the $ nor torture myself by buying one only to watch it waste away.

    fragrance: Nice if it has a pleasant fragrance, but not a significant factor at all for me.


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    My considerations:
    1. If it's suitable to my climate, (don't wanna use electricity to make temperature high/low)
    2. Shape and color, (if i have very similar, most likely gonna choose another)
    3. Price (if it's too expencive, i'll just buy the seedling but i still buy)
    4. How long the bloom last.
    5. Rarity (afraid if i don't buy immediatly, maybe not gonna be able to find later)
    6. Fragrant (avoiding the ones that smells like cockroach or other bad smells)
    Don't care much about:
    size (want huge ones, mini, average, all),

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    Temperature tolerance is my biggest consideration. I grow outdoors and have little room indoors. I must be able to leave the plant outdoors unless frost is expected. Some plants get VIP treatment but very few. I will get up early to water anytime, but hauling them in and out is a no go!
    General interest is obviously important. I try to stick with genera that I've had success with in my conditions...occasionally trying new things. If I can bloom my Stanhopea, I'll be hoarding those for a while despite their large size!
    Price is typically negligible. If I want it, I want it. As long as the selller isn't asking an exhorbitant price outside of market value.
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    1. price (unfortunately)
    2. cultural needs
    3. fragrance
    4. color

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    3 questions...

    Can I afford it? No.
    Do I have space for it? No.
    Do I have any chance of growing it well? No.

    That's when I know I have found an orchid I must have.

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    1. I have set of species\generas\sections which are interesting to me.
    2. Cultural needs: it must tolerate my climate. Unfortunately, no cold or cool growing species.
    3. Uniqueness and\or rarity.
    4. Price
    5. Aesthetics (shape, color, size, appearance etc.) This is about impulsive purchases if I can say so. I mean, sometimes I spot an orchid at orchid show or nursery and just want it.

    The only thing which does not matter is fragrance. I am lucky to grow my plants outside 24\7, so even horrible odor is not a big deal.

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