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This should be fun

This is a discussion on This should be fun within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I took my poor phal to the orchid farm and the owner was really nice. ...

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    Thumbs up This should be fun

    I took my poor phal to the orchid farm and the owner was really nice. He wasn't expecting me (he emailed me he would be open, but I didn't call to say when I'd be there oops). Anyhow, he took the plant out of the container, snipped off the roots, wrapped it in moss and cheerfully said, "This will rebloom next year. " So I explained to him the lighting conditions of my home, that many people spend lots of $$ trying to achieve the lighting I get. He said he would even trade for another type of high light plant. As we were walking along, I'd see a plant I recognised and say, "Wow so that is what a so-and-so looks like in the flesh!" and "Look at the buds of that nobile dendrobium" and other orchid talk stuff. He seemed excited to talk to someone who could actually identify the difference between one orchid and another. I probably spent a good hour there having orchid talk , Shane was being really good and was SO excited to be there. He kept saying "Mommy look at the purple orchid, look at the green orchid, can I tell the orchid guy green is my favorite color?" I told the owner I was priming him to be an orchid lover. So after I decided to go with an octopus orchid, Jim (that is the owners name) was asking me what I did for a living. I told him I work with high needs kids, but orchids are my real passion and I would like to have a greenhouse operation of my own someday. He then asked if I would be willing to work 4 hours a week. I asked him if it would be for the learning experience ( kind of like an apprentice). He said I knew alot already, more than most of his starting help has, and he would pay me in plants. WHAT??? Did I hear him correctly?? Yup, in plants. I could live with that. Heck ,I would do it as volunteer work for the learning aspect of it, but to get paid in plants? I told him I would think about it (I couldn't let him know how excited I was) and email him back. YAY! I can't wait to start, be in orchid heaven 4 hours a week lol!

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    Hey Traci, that is wonderful! Congrats! You should have lots of fun and best of all you get paid in orchids!

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    I've been volunteering at our botanical garden orchid house for over a year now. I too get *paid* in plants, medium, etc. Nothing like experimenting on a few thousand of somebody else's plants to build confidence and help perfect your techniques! The experience has been invaluable.

    Have fun! You will love it!!!

    Máire

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    Congrats, the info you will learn will speed your learning curve 100 fold. There is so much besides plant names, like repotting technique, pesticides, pests and other stuff.

    I learned more from volunteering at a GH than I ever did at home. I did it for 8 years!

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    Originally posted by Paphraguy
    Hey Traci, that is wonderful! Congrats! You should have lots of fun and best of all you get paid in orchids!
    Thanks Pete, I'm keeping my eyes on a HUGE paph, it was so huge I thought it would swallow me lol. I'll probably have to work a few days for that one!

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    Originally posted by Máire
    I've been volunteering at our botanical garden orchid house for over a year now. I too get *paid* in plants, medium, etc. Nothing like experimenting on a few thousand of somebody else's plants to build confidence and help perfect your techniques! The experience has been invaluable.

    Have fun! You will love it!!!

    Máire
    My thoughts exactly, plus, I'll be able to see things I've only read about, I'm so excited.

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    Originally posted by Persistence
    Congrats, the info you will learn will speed your learning curve 100 fold. There is so much besides plant names, like repotting technique, pesticides, pests and other stuff.

    I learned more from volunteering at a GH than I ever did at home. I did it for 8 years!
    That is great, 8 years! I can't wait to start the journey (and a nice collection).

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    Have fun OT! Four hours will fly by. You will be wanting more.

    Cheers!
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    Traci,
    I am green with envy!!! Congratulations, and be sure and tell us about your first"paycheck" .

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    Oh, Traci, I'm so jealous! What fun! I worked at a nursery in high school and college - when I thought I wanted to be an organic farmer! lol, apparently some of that stuck with me. Anyway, I sure wish there was a grower around here I could beg for some volunteer time! Lucky you! Enjoy!

    I'm trying to teach my neighbor kids to love plants. They're only allowed near the tomatoes so far! I'm hoping by x-mas they *may* be interested enough to water the real plants while I'm away (with strict supervision and orchid-care back-up of course!) Best of luck and happy hunting w/ the paphs! What exactly *was* that one that you thought might swallow you?

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