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IT WORKED!!!

This is a discussion on IT WORKED!!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As I have mentioned several times I purchased several noid orchids from a local home ...

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    Default IT WORKED!!!

    As I have mentioned several times I purchased several noid orchids from a local home improvement store. One did not do very well and continued to degrade no matter what I did: over water, under water, humidity tent.

    Anyway, as a last ditch effort I wrapped the think in moss and rubberbanded a piece of saran type wrap around it. I did my weekly check of it and low and behold there is a very small bud forming at the base of the last, shrivelled, sickly yellow green psudo bulb!!!

    Now it will probably be three to four years before I get to see what the flower looks like, right?

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    YEA YEA !!!!!!Here's to Mother Nature !!!
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    Good work! What kind is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerneveyn View Post
    Good work! What kind is it?
    It is a NOID, which means No ID. It is most likely some sort of oncidium hybrid though, since that is what they typically sell.

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    Just get rid of it. You are going to use space on a plant that has a minimal chance of survival, in which if it does survive it is so stressed that it wont be able to flower for 3 years maybe. Save your mind instead of the sickly plant.

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    Toss it? I don't think that is what I should/would/will do. Every experience can be learned from. By doing this with this "trash" I learn something that may help me know how to save another "more valuable" plant.

    If it does survive, as it seems to be trying to do, I can give it to my mother in law and chalk up some more brownie points. If it does not, then what have I lost?
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    Good for you!! I hope you learn a lot and win many brownie points.

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    As long as someone's willing to spend the time and effort, (and, yes, risk the frustration) why not give the plant a chance? Especially if it's already making an effort to come back? And even if it is "only" a NOID, I believe value, like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    I'm doing the same thing with some shirvelled back bulbs that I got free with an order. There's three NOID Catts and a NOID Onc. It's always a good experience, especially for a novice grower, to bring back a plant from the brink. Then you'll know the best way to save something under your growing conditions. I'm getting lucky, because these guys are mostly severely bruised and dehydrated, but it sounds like you've had a much tougher time. Congrats on the rescue. Now bloom that sucker, and pass it on to another newbie, so that they can try their hand on a freebie, and continue the learning process.

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    I agree. Maybe it's just the nurse in me, but I like to try to bring everything back to life---especially orchids. Not only do you learn what works and what doesn't, but you get the satisfaction of knowing you saved it! Of course, it doesn't always work But you know when it's time to let go...

    I have a problem of rescuing noids from the "we destroyed them" table at the local box stores and bringing them back to health. Of course they aren't always that far gone. I have brought some floppy, sad looking 'chids for just a few bucks and had them fluffed back up and even (one) spiking in just a few weeks! I like the anticipation of waiting to see what those noid blooms will look like (I have 2 in spike now)...So keep up the rescue work. I mean, if it's just for the joy of seeing the bloom or keeping something alive---go ahead!

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