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Which Cattleya to buy?

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    Buy the plant, not the label - in other words look for a good vigorous plant which you like the look of. All of my bad buys in my entire orchid life have come from going out determined to buy X or Y - or even worse, ordering X or Y and saying "no substitutes" . Buy a good plant, and the choice is then endless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Buy the plant, not the label - in other words look for a good vigorous plant which you like the look of. All of my bad buys in my entire orchid life have come from going out determined to buy X or Y - or even worse, ordering X or Y and saying "no substitutes" . Buy a good plant, and the choice is then endless.
    Great advice if you have the luxury to be at a show or visiting an orchid vendor. I was at the Miami orchid Show one year and had the luxury to search through two trays of blooming Catts, of a cross I wanted, choosing the best plant and nicest flower form of the bunch. A reliable vendor will pick the best plant for you out of his stock. I have built a report with many vendors and hybridizers, over the years.

    I used to do pre orders form South American vendors if they were coming to a show I was going to attend. I even used secret buyers (forum friends) to get me some things from shows that I could not attend.

    I have also waited in line to be one of the first into a show and then head directly to the vendors to get the best selection and buys. My addiction used to be grande...hahaha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    My addiction used to be grande...hahaha.
    Which grande would that be I wonder ? I can think of Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Phragmipedium....

    ( I bought plant of the Phrag in 1992 when a nursery was closing down ; spent £20 on it. So far I have sold a dozen divisions for the same price, and still have half a dozen plants. Now that's why I call Grand - with or without a final e ! )

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    just a pun....I have curbed my addiction and scaled down from 1000 orchids to about 100

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    Well, I'm still puzzling over this one... but I do have my eye on a particular Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' that's for sale -, and a BC Mount Hood 'Mary' AM/AOS also caught my eye as a large white. Does anyone know anything about the Mount Hood?

    Also, for a large green I'm still puzzling over which one to get. Them Mem. Helen Brown had really knocked my socks off, but then I saw some people saying that theirs often bloomed yellow, depending on the growing conditions. I want to get one that will definitely be green, so now I'm sort of leaning toward the Lester MacDonald. (And I see this one spelled two different ways on the internet. Half the people are listing it as "McDonald," and the other half say "MacDonald." Does anyone know which one it really is?)

    So anyway, I basically just decided that instead of driving myself nuts trying to figure out which ones out of this list to look for first (because I just couldn't decide which ones were my favorites), I'm keeping my eyes open for any of them that sort of "cross my path" while I'm browsing around. I'm leaving it up to fate to decide which ones I should get, and a beautiful Goldenzelle appeared on my radar first, so I think that will be my first buy.

    If any of you could give me your opinion on the 'Mount Hood' and the correct spelling of the 'Lester McDonald/MacDonald,' I'd love some advice!

    Thanks! Happy growing!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    Well, I'm still puzzling over this one... but I do have my eye on a particular Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' that's for sale-, and a BC Mount Hood 'Mary' AM/AOS also caught my eye as a large white. Does anyone know anything about the Mount Hood?

    Also, for a large green I'm still puzzling over which one to get. Them Mem. Helen Brown had really knocked my socks off, but then I saw some people saying that theirs often bloomed yellow, depending on the growing conditions. I want to get one that will definitely be green, so now I'm sort of leaning toward the Lester MacDonald. (And I see this one spelled two different ways on the internet. Half the people are listing it as "McDonald," and the other half say "MacDonald." Does anyone know which one it really is?)

    So anyway, I basically just decided that instead of driving myself nuts trying to figure out which ones out of this list to look for first (because I just couldn't decide which ones were my favorites), I'm keeping my eyes open for any of them that sort of "cross my path" while I'm browsing around. I'm leaving it up to fate to decide which ones I should get, and a beautiful Goldenzelle appeared on my radar first, so I think that will be my first buy.

    If any of you could give me your opinion on the 'Mount Hood' and the correct spelling of the 'Lester McDonald/MacDonald,' I'd love some advice!

    Thanks! Happy growing!!
    Mount Hood 'Mary' is a very large white. When awarded the flower was 22.5cm across - which is 9 inches... My own plant is not as well grown I expect, but still over 7inches.
    Good shape, lovely frilly lip, white with yellow throat. If biggies are your bag - go for it !

    Lester McDonald is spelt like this in Orchidwiz - don't know the chap or the flower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Mount Hood 'Mary' is a very large white. When awarded the flower was 22.5cm across - which is 9 inches... My own plant is not as well grown I expect, but still over 7inches.
    Good shape, lovely frilly lip, white with yellow throat. If biggies are your bag - go for it !

    Lester McDonald is spelt like this in Orchidwiz - don't know the chap or the flower.
    Oh WOW!! NINE INCHES?? Okay. It's settled. I'm buying one.

    Thanks for checking on the Lester McDonald for me! That spelling error was driving me nuts (I wonder when I became so picky about my orchid tags being perfect?). The Lester McDonald is a large green that smells like citrus. If you like greens, it is supposed to be a very, very nice one. Not frilly... beautiful form with a purple lip. Everything I've heard about them has been fantastic.

    THANK YOU!!


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    Don't forget to post pictures when you have them. Good luck growing them.

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    I am one of those that buy the seedlings and wait. I tried to select just a few cattleyas but then I would see something else. There are so many different forms and colors. I will have to sort them out when they start blooming. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by leafmite View Post
    I am one of those that buy the seedlings and wait. I tried to select just a few cattleyas but then I would see something else. There are so many different forms and colors. I will have to sort them out when they start blooming. Good luck!
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    I have a bit of a seedling addiction too... they can be so cheap! Once I got two Dendrobium taurinum seedlings and two yellow Mokara seedlings for under $8 (they were buy 1 get 1 free). Of course, then I decided I didn't need TWO of the same Dendrobium or the same Mokara, and I ended up giving one of each to a member of the forum. And then I decided I didn't like the yellow Mokara as much as I thought, so I gave my second one away too. So I guess, when it comes down to it, I got ONE Dendrobium seedling for $8. It doesn't sound nearly as great of a deal then.

    That's the problem with seedlings... I tend to get them more as "impulse buys" because they're so small and so cheap. I'm trying to be better about holding out for plants I REALLY want rather than just buying what's on sale because it's a great deal.

    But there is something tremendously rewarding about growing a small plant up and then watching it bloom, rather than buying it in bloom! I guess the down-side is that you don't know if the flowers are going to be that great. It would stink to raise a baby plant for three years, only to have it be a wonky bloomer!

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