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    of orchids today (23) from a collection that goes back to the late 60's. Most were wild collected then and the early 70's. Many only have a genus tag on them with the country it was found. Den. (Thailand) for example. Most are in very poor condition having not been watered since June. A lot are miniatures. Some I've not heard of and cant' find much info on the WWW. I'll be asking for a lot of help me thinks. I believe the previous owner kept his plants on the edge of survival judging by the growth. It looks as though when ever a plant reached the edge of its pot he would simply cut off the dead pb's and repot the living part. I'll post some of them individually later but for now I plan to soak the whole lot in Kelpmax overnight. Any reason not to do this?

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    I wouldn't recommend pushing weak dehydrated plants with heavy doses of nutrients and hormones, but I think KelpMax is probably a mild enough product for the purpose. If you were barely strong enough to get out of bed would you be ready to be force fed a steak dinner and energy drink? What they need for a while is the equivalent of broth and jello, maybe a cracker, and consistent supportive conditions. Good luck. It could be a very interesting set of acquisitions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaphMadMan View Post
    I wouldn't recommend pushing weak dehydrated plants with heavy doses of nutrients and hormones, but I think KelpMax is probably a mild enough product for the purpose. If you were barely strong enough to get out of bed would you be ready to be force fed a steak dinner and energy drink? What they need for a while is the equivalent of broth and jello, maybe a cracker, and consistent supportive conditions. Good luck. It could be a very interesting set of acquisitions.
    Exxxcellent, that is the plan then.
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    How exciting Chris! You're going to get a lot of future surprises!!

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    Thanks Sheryl! It is! Hope I can get them through the winter without finishing them off I worry that because they have not had any new growth this year that if they start it will be out of season for them.

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    Wow! What a haul. Although I envy the chance to collect, I don't envy the work ahead of you!

    If the watering is as infrequent as it sounds, at least you know the chance of rot is minimal. lol!

    Good luck and looking forward to hearing your progress!

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    Just go with it! I'm sure they'll love the attention and will do well for you!


    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    Thanks Sheryl! It is! Hope I can get them through the winter without finishing them off I worry that because they have not had any new growth this year that if they start it will be out of season for them.

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    Sounds like fun!! I look forward to the photos.

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by azaboi View Post
    Wow! What a haul. Although I envy the chance to collect, I don't envy the work ahead of you!

    If the watering is as infrequent as it sounds, at least you know the chance of rot is minimal. lol!

    Good luck and looking forward to hearing your progress!
    At least they're all fairly small

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Sounds like fun!! I look forward to the photos.

    cheers,
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    It was fun getting them!

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    I would soak them in plant RO/Rain water with mild dose of Kelp max. I would not use any fertilizer for now. Just RO/rain water to water them and I would try keeping the Relative humidity up. Wishing all the very best

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