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Am I in too deep?

This is a discussion on Am I in too deep? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello everyone, First, I want to thank everyone who has replied to my questions about ...

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    Default Am I in too deep?

    Hello everyone,
    First, I want to thank everyone who has replied to my questions about growing orchids. Everyone has been so friendly and helpful.
    Now, I have to ask. Am I in too deep? I bought my first orchid late in May.....with basically no knowledge, other than thinking that orchids were just about the most interesting plants I had ever seen.
    Fast forward to present time. I did an orchid survey last Thursday...I have 45 plants! It took me over an hour to water all of my plants this morning.
    Am I in too deep for a beginner? I have Phals, Catts, Paphs, some intergenetics.....and have recently purchased Masdevallias.
    I think I have Orchid fever! I would appreciate any input on watering schedules...care tips...fertilizing schedules....and general info.
    I feel very guilty asking all of these questions. It seems that everyone on this site has a real grasp on what to do to grow orchids...and I feel so inferior. I'd appreciate any kindness that you could extend me. I hope someday to be helping someone else out as opposed to always asking for advise.

    Many thanks to anyone who replies....

    Chuck

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    ....and the problem is, Chuck? LOL, just kidding. I found myself with about 100 2 years in, so I know how you feel. I, too, am spending too much time watering; more than I want to spend. So I put a lot of them into s/h which helps a little.

    But, I think that one advantage of having a bunch of plants is that you stress less about minute details of any individual plant. And there is always some change to observe. And you relax a little because you have lots of plants to see what "healthy and normal" looks like.

    But, I am putting a cap on their numbers for now, and have even found new homes for some extras and those that I found I'm not into or don't like my conditions.

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    Yeah, they add up fast. I'm pretty early in and counting around 40 too. Some of mine are divisions from huge plants that needed a backbulb or a few extra bulbs taken off. I gave away the Vandas due to the huge time investment, and ended up keeping the easier ones that like my porch and neglect from time to time. Find some orchid friends for the day that you decide which ones really aren't your "thing". lol That way you can trade for the ones you like that they don't....
    Good luck on the buying binges....
    Connie

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    hehehe... I feel your pain, Chuck! LOL. Seriously, you are not in too deep unless taking care of the plants starts to cause you stress. I love spending time with my plants. I wish I had more time to spend with them, but life gets in the way - the whole having to hold down a job thing... Anyhoo, enjoy your new found passion and keep learning. Before long you will be giving advice to a new member about how to care for a certain orchid growing in a windowsill.

    Cheers,
    BD

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    If you found spending an hour to water all your orchids was overwhelming , then why not take two or three mornings to do the job? No one says it all has to be done in one day!! Enjoy them.

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