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Ok, you all are killing me

This is a discussion on Ok, you all are killing me within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; So, after seeing all the lovely phal species and being a notorious phal killer, I ...

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    Default Ok, you all are killing me

    So, after seeing all the lovely phal species and being a notorious phal killer, I was in my local nursery to purchase some fire ant killer. They had an entire table of NOID phals. I never and mean never buy a NOID of any type. Just a personal preference. They were 2 bucks a piece. Several were sending out new buds on old spikes ...so, I bought a few. If they make it in my hands, I'm looking for species

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    Well if you have success let me know how aswell cos im the same as you and only have to look a Phal for it to keel over. I have one large Phal out of about 6 large ones that is 100% healthy and they are all treated the same way and in the same conditions. Tempremental little things.

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    phal species are tough, Cathy, unlike the 'ice phals' that are produced to have a shelf life, If you mount them on driftwood or tree branches, or fern root slabs they do very well, That's my experience.

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    I would definitely mount them, Le Sung. I think that would be the easiest to keep water out of the crown. The folks on here that seem to have the most success have them mounted.

    I'm not holding my breath, Jason

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    "Ok, you all are killing me"

    It is funny how we like to blame our buying more orchids on someone else!

    Enjoy your new phals

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    I agree with Pat! but totally get the impulse. hehehe.... Well, what Yew Sung said about species phals is so true. For some reason the mounted ones do much better for me than those I keep putting in pots. The normal phals grow fine in pots, so I am guessing it is just a watering issue. When ya going to show us photos of these new lovely phal orchids?

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    Orchids at a discount? I'm there! All of my aquistions have come from the 'big box' home improvement/garden stores. I see that's the worst place to buy them, but they were cheap. Probably a good place for me to start as a beginner. My very first one ended up dying of rot. I tried again with success now. Maybe I'm ready for the big time now, lol. I really like the looks of the Cymbidiums, but don't know where to get one! Now to find that money tree in my back yard.....

    P.S. What does NOID stand for?

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    Mary, are you a member of your local orchid society? That can be a terrific place to come up with orchids. Most societies have a raffle table, speakers who bring orchids to sell and may even have an auction or orchid show every year. You can also find out which member may be having a sale and can find some really incredible plants at great prices. I find a lot of really neat orchids at local sales at usually very good prices.

    The plants at the box stores aren't bad, but they are usually mericlones and if you want something different, as you say, you would need to look elsewhere.

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    Zozzl,
    No, I'm not a member of a local orchid society. I'll need to check into it. I live near Washington, DC & I know there are some nearby. I tried to get to a show earlier this year, but hubby came up with something else for the family to do. He does NOT want me bringing any more plants into the house!

    All I've found at the box stores are mainly phals & mini phals. I did find my cattleya & dendrobium there too. I need to get to a show!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdie View Post
    P.S. What does NOID stand for?
    NOID stands for No Identification. If or when a plant loses its tag, it loses its identification becoming a NOID and quite often orchids from large stores and Garden centres just come labeled as a Phal or a Dendrobium etc etc etc

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