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New Orchid Addict Advice

This is a discussion on New Orchid Addict Advice within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, if you had half an hour to convince someone who had never grown an ...

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    Default New Orchid Addict Advice

    So, if you had half an hour to convince someone who had never grown an orchid before to buy an orchid, what would you say?

    I'd love to know:

    - how much you think a newbie would spend?
    - what alliance might be most popular? (try to remain a little subjective here please.)
    - Best plant for East/West/South/North facing windows, respectively?
    -Anything else that comes to mind.

    We've already established that what people grow most easily is subjective and dependant on where they live and their growing conditions. However, if you have a newbie recommendation you wish to post, please include. I'm looking to cover the following alliances...

    Bulbophyllum (tricky for beginners?)
    Cattleya
    Cymbidium
    Dendrobium
    Miltonia
    Oncidium
    Paphiopedilum
    Phalaenopsis
    Phragmipedium
    Pleurothalid (tricky for beginners?)
    Vanda

    And let me know if I've missed anything major.

    Thank you! Thank you!

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    For me since I live in the south, I am going to chime in on the Vanda alliance. Since Vandas are easily grown in my area, then I would recommend them to people in my area. I would first have to warn them that vandas are wierd since they don't need soil. Explain why and how that entriques me. (sorry I can't spell today.)

    East or western window

    High light requirement, full sun either during the morning or evening as long as it is slightly shaded in the mid afternoon

    If buying from "those" stores, no more than about 20-30 since I know they are pricey in my area. From a nursery, not more that 25-30. I say that because if it dies, you're not out 80 dollars.

    And I would recommend any vanda hybrid since they all require about the same. Vanda species are a little different.

    Watering and fertilizing is also important but I will put it up here since you missed it Heather

    Water every day, to every other day during the summer. 1-2 times a week in the winter.

    Fertilize with non urea fertilizer weakly...weekly. Or dilute the fertilizer, but fertilize more often.

    Um...that's all I can think of right now.

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    Thanks very much Jennifer!

    Maybe I should say why I am asking, and would generate more response? I've been asked by my local cable TV access channel to do a half hour "Orchids 101" show. I'm already known at the P.O. and the corner store as "the orchid lady" now I guess it will be a town-wide knowledge! Cool huh? However there are things I don't know much about, like the Oncidiums, etc... so if anyone wants to help out I'd love to hear from more people on this. Thanks!

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    Yes go orchid lady actually more appropriately Mad Paphgirl! Go! Make us proud!

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    lol! Thanks Peter, my biggest fan! haha...maybe that will become my nickname in real life? And my motto could be...

    It's a paph thing...HAHAHA!!!!

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    Originally posted by Heather
    haha...maybe that will become my nickname in real life? And my motto could be...

    It's a paph thing...HAHAHA!!!!
    Sounds like a TV show title to me! A new reality series staring the "Mad Paph Girl" in "IT'S A PAPH THING"...check local listings...LOL


    Cheers!
    Brutal_Dreamer

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    Congratulations, Heather! You're going to be famous !

    It's a paph thing...HAHAHA!!!!
    Nice motto!

    Go! Go! Go!

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