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Intro & Photography Identification

This is a discussion on Intro & Photography Identification within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi Guys! I am new to this forum and i just bought some new orchids. ...

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    Orchidopile is offline Junior Member
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    Hi Guys! I am new to this forum and i just bought some new orchids. I am really excited as i haven't actually tried growing orchids before. I am thinking of crossing the two orchids i have bought. If possible, can you all help me identify the orchids and please tell me the genera.
    You could also give me some pointers on how i should grow my orchids and when do i know if the seed pods are mature.

    Thx in advance

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    Welcome aboard Orchidopile. Those orchids belong to the Dendrobium genus.
    The purple one generally falls under the "phalaenopsis-type" dendrobium because the flowers resemble phalaenopsis flowers.
    The white one I think is closer to an antler-type dendrobium because of the flower's shape. I'm not 100% sure about that though.

    However, without a proper tag it will be next to impossible to identify them since dendrobiums have been hybridized up to the wazoo. There are probably hundreds of unregistered hybrids around the world by now.

    In terms of crossing the orchids, there is a specific section here on the boards that deal with orchid propagation. Check out the threads there as there are plenty of informative discussions there regarding orchid breeding.


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    I to started my orchid mania by immediately wanting to cross my plants I actually think it's a good idea since it kinda forces you to do alot of research!

    However you need to be sure that you can keep the plants alive since it takes up to a year (or more) for the seed pods to mature (not sure how long dends. take exactly)..
    Furthermore orchids may get REALLY stressed from maturing a seed pod which weakens their defence against fungi etc. but as long as the plants are NoIDs and you didn't take out huge loans to buy them, it wont hurt that much if something should go wrong down the line!
    This was not to discurage you or anything - just keep it in mind

    As John wrote there's really a lot of good stuff in the propagation forum! Check it out if you didn't already do that..
    I also wrote an "article" (acutally it was a forum thread that was converted) - DIY guide to propagation.. You can enter the article library from the front page if you haven't already figured everything out
    In any case get on with the pollination, you'll have a lot of time for studying before you can harvest the pods


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    Well, I will just add "Welcome" to Christian and John's informative responses. I hope you enjoy your time here with us in our orchid community.


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    Welcome. I am not sure where you purchased your orchids, but should have had some type of tag. I am not sure about the white one, but the purple one looks alot like my Den. Burana Pink #2. This is what was on my tag. I purchased mine about 5 weeks ago along with 4 others. Have 16 now, so be careful. LOL. My Burana has a single spike of blooms. They look the exact same as they did when I purchased them. I have been very happy with this one. Oddly enough, it is on my mantle, and not getting nearly the light that Dens. seem to require. However, it is about 8" to the side of my plasma TV, not sure if that has something to do with it. I take 7 of my 8 indoor orchids and put them right out of direct sunlight on Saturdays. This one, I do not move. The only way I know it is not a fake is that there is some increasing growth on the bottom, and the beginning of a couple of keikis along the stems.

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