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Updating perpetual inventory

This is a discussion on Updating perpetual inventory within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; UPDATED TITLE: "updating perpetual inventory and fatalities". - This morning, I was re-numbering my inventory ...

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    UPDATED TITLE: "updating perpetual inventory and fatalities". - This morning, I was re-numbering my inventory of orchids and realized the last time I did that, the current numbers were off by ____ (i'm not going to say). When I re-number my current collection, it's because some plants either have been given away, died whatever. This led me to contemplate: WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF THE "FATALITIES" IN AN AVERAGE GROWERS COLLECTION THE FIRST 10 YEARS? In other words, hypothetically, if you start off with 50 and the next time you re-number you have 52, but SOME aren't the same plants you had before, what would the number of DIFFERENCES be for the average grower, doing this over a period of 10 years? (Example: 1-2014 I had 50/ 6-2014 I had 52 but I bought 6 NEW ONES). THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE. In other words, what would the loss be, on an average, doing this process perhaps twice a year, over a period of 10 years? ALL INPUT/GUESSES WELCOME (because I have no idea and just know what my number is)
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    For me, a rough estimate would be about 25 percent mortality rate overall - a breakdown by genera would be 70 percent Oncidinae and about 5 - 10 percent for other genera. And this is over a 50 year period. Certain years are worse than others and this reflects fluctuating levels of care and attention given to the orchids. I find cattleyas the most hardy except the mini cats especially those with the cooler Sophronitis in their ancestry.

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    I am up to about 8 killed. One I removed from the killed list as it was smashed in transit and not on me.

    Leaving me around 160.

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    mine I would say about 5-10% in the past 2 years...I have around 350-400 and would have killed around 10%. hope to better it

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    For me, a rough estimate would be about 25 percent mortality rate overall - a breakdown by genera would be 70 percent Oncidinae and about 5 - 10 percent for other genera. And this is over a 50 year period. Certain years are worse than others and this reflects fluctuating levels of care and attention given to the orchids. I find cattleyas the most hardy except the mini cats especially those with the cooler Sophronitis in their ancestry.
    This is the kind of answer I was looking for - a percentage (no one needs to tell how may they have/how many they lost, just a KILL RATE, AS A PERCENTAGE). I'd think this is not exorbitant AND GREATLY DEPENDENT UPON WHERE YOU LIVE. Certain localities will be lower (I THINK) simply by virtue of the fact that there is greater "stability" in the growing environment (like if one grew in Hawaii). Having the factors necessary for good orchid growth already present (hypothetically, like growing in Hawaii), already gives one a "leg upl" (like an acquaintance of mine who lives in Naples, Florida/brags how they grow their orchids on trees outside - sure, why not? As long as the temps don't drop to -10, like they sometimes do in places like Minnesita, Wisoonsin, Illinois, New York, Michigan, and Alaska). Gosh, I think I was an auditor for too long......I break everything down to NUMBERS, LOL.

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    Ok in 1 year of growing/collecting I have purchased about 168 and have lost 5%.

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    78Terp, your average is considerably lower than mine

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    My green thumb has been lucky!

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    I'm afraid that my first response is more of a guess, but I don't have that many orchids, so I probably remember how many I lost... but in the range of 5 - 10%. With less orchids its easier to take care of them. Most of the ones I've had trouble with came to me really small or Oncidium/Odontoglossum types. I have a few of those that are pretty iffy yet, but am starting to do better with them as I spray them more for fungal problems and am moving them to S/H, which seems to help them here. As I experiment more, I lose more too.

    I keep notes too, just working on updating and sorting my notes. I've moved from a lab book to a 3 ring binder and plan to print out and ad pictures of each one as they bloom too. Maybe I can do numbers with stickers that I can remove or cover up as the collection shifts over time. Any ideas out there?

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    78Terp, strangely enough, I can grow ANYTHING outdoors -even things people have difficulty with. Some of my pet sitting clients have come back from vacation only to realize their patio flowers/gardens have been revived! Since it's only been one year with my orchid mini greenhouse, I still have a lot of learning/tweaking to do!

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    Even the best conditions indoors can't duplicate what mother nature can provide.

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