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View Poll Results: What is your least favorite orchid chore

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  • Watering

    5 15.15%
  • Fertilizing

    1 3.03%
  • Insect Control/Treatment

    11 33.33%
  • Disease Control/Treatment

    7 21.21%
  • Dividing

    1 3.03%
  • Repotting

    4 12.12%
  • Moving around to get best light or temperature

    1 3.03%
  • Other - please post what it is

    3 9.09%
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What is your least favorite orchid chore?

This is a discussion on What is your least favorite orchid chore? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; my favorite chore is talking/singing to my orchids...

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  1. #31
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    my favorite chore is talking/singing to my orchids

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    Back when I started I would have said spraying for bugs/fungus/etc was a chore. But lately it has become one of my favorite things. In fact, watering makes me smile to see the green roots and new root growth. Spraying reminds me I will have fewer bugs and plants with strange problems that causes them to slowly die. And like above; I enjoy talking to my plants and touching their leaves to see how they are doing. I am sure my neighbors think i'm a nutty plant lady, but that's okay....i'm sure they also enjoy the pretty flowers....just like I do.

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    The temp is pretty much the same here all yr round, so not it isn't too much of a headache. Disease Control/Treatment & watering is the pain in my tooshie right now cause I'm new at this and I worry about the slightest thing. Gimme another 2-6yrs and I should have worked that issue out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    My least favorite chore is paying for the orchid related expenses, which involves working to earn a paycheck.
    I know this is an old thread, but I am TOTALLY with John on this one. Other than that nasty chore, I'd say watering is a big hassle. With 170 orchids, it takes me several hours each weekend. Pests and diseases haven't been a big issue yet, other than the occasional spot of scale, which has been pretty easy to treat so far...I'm probably tempting fate by saying that though!

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    Hahahaha! I just took a break from my least favorite orchid chore to sit down and read the forum with a cold beer. Its spring cleaning weekend for us...I literally JUST finished organizing all of my orchid supplies. Media, chemicals, pots, ferts, sprayers, bottled water jugs(full and empty), etc. I LOVE all of the plant specific chores...when it comes to cleaning up after the chore, I am ready to check out! I'm sure this applies to quite a few of us who grow indoors much of the year. The kitchen sees more orchid action than cooking during the cooler months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    The kitchen sees more orchid action than cooking during the cooler months.
    Mine too. Cooking is sooo overrated!

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    For three years, no problems.....This year, every time I look, I find more scale .

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    My absolute least favorite part of taking care of my orchids is figuring out what to do and where to put all my orchid stuff - with all the medium, pots, fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, cachepots, watering containers, scissors, razors, knives, tweezers, fans, humidifiers, shelves, books, etcetera, I need another apartment if I really want to put things away in any kind of order. Right now, everything is always all over the living room. I used to have a cat that ruled over this apartment - now 150 orchids do. Wow - that's a ratio of one cat to 150 orchids - what would I ever have done with 150 cats??!??!!?

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    For me disease control is not a fun occupation. I only have select, very occassional outbreaks of bacterial or fungal problems. My main weapon against these infections is good cleaniness and aseptic/antiseptic practices. Once disease sets in the 'cure' or treatment is always harder on me and the plant. AL

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    My least favorite part is spraying for pests or disease...I only spray when they have a problem...but still...the fact that I gotta break out a nasty chemical and that my plants are ill makes me very unhappy.

    On the flipside...I love fertillizing. Feeding my babies!

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