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Pot. Luana Juane 'Vi-Akko' x Blc. Hawaiian Lightening 'Colorful

This is a discussion on Pot. Luana Juane 'Vi-Akko' x Blc. Hawaiian Lightening 'Colorful within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Rescued a couple of orchids this am from a local home improvement store. One labeled ...

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    Default Pot. Luana Juane 'Vi-Akko' x Blc. Hawaiian Lightening 'Colorful

    Rescued a couple of orchids this am from a local home improvement store. One labeled the above and the other labeled Blc. Keowee 'Newberry'. They were both in ceramic pots no holes in bottom and at least 3" of water. Most of the roots are rotten, the leaves and bulbs are still nice and green. My question is does anyone have pics of the Pot. Luna and if so can I have permission to use it? Thanks Before I left the store I gave the manager a piece of my mind (which I really can't afford to give away)and I was told that they are not responsible for the condition of the orchids. She said that the vendor that sold them to this store comes in and waters them. What kind of fairytale is that? I told her that if that was true the vendor was killing the plants so the store would buy more when they died and they needed to change vendors! OK enough ranting pictures anyone??

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    Good for you! But I,ve done that over here and they obviously don't give a toss! Judi

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    Angry Lies!!!

    The other story I get is that the person who takes care of them works part time and knows a lot about them and they'll be really upset if you move them out of the direct sun in the 95 F heat or drain the excessive water from them, because that person knows a lot about orchids.... Yeah, sure. A lot about how to kill them, obviously. (I think this is worse when it's coming from a garden center store... )

    I think they really treat them badly so that real orchid people will feel sorry for them and buy them, just to stop the abuse.

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    Well if that's the case Sara it worked! I have rescued almost 100 chids in the last 2 yrs. No GH,just shelves, windowsills, lights(plenty of lights) and humidifiers. Put most out in the summer. However this summer had to keep some in, just too hot temps over 100 this yr and rain, rain, rain. Too wet.

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    I'm sure most of not all boxstores sell chids for the markup and don't give a vermin behind about what quality they are selling. I'm sure the plants are semi-descent when they arrive from the nurseries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    I'm sure most of not all boxstores sell chids for the markup and don't give a vermin behind about what quality they are selling. I'm sure the plants are semi-descent when they arrive from the nurseries.

    OH MY! Richard, 'vermin behind' is priceless!

    BTDT, ischel1, box stores (most) don't have a clue about caring for orchids. Neither does my favorite nursery, but I guess that's not their moneymakers. Pretty flowers = quick turnover/fast buck. You can get some great buys if you are careful. So.... show us you finds! Pictures! Pictures!

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    Big Box stores usually sell orchids as disposable cut flowers. The fact that they are still attached to the living pseudobulbs just gives them a longer shelf life.

    Most of their target buyers treat them this way anyway. Only very few customers buy them with the intention of keeping the plants alive long after the flower display has dropped.

    While passing by the plant section of a local grocery store, I once overheard a lady tell her friend: "I could never get orchids to rebloom. I even keep the water level as high as when I first bought them and even kept the plastic wrapper intact around the pot."

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    Oh that's a scream wetfeet. She obviously was not a plant person. Unfortunately my rescues were all finished blooming, but already they are looking and feeling much better. Why just this morning I heard them singing when I got up! Played some Mozart for them yesterday and they really seemed to enjoy that!

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    I have been dropping in at a local big store that has a couple trays of dying phals and dens. They are in direct sun, only shaded by plants around them and are kept soaking wet. When I ask if they are on sale (because they look terrible) I get yelled at and told NO! lol So far they've lost about a 1/3rd of the plant. Guess some places would rather kill a plant than sell it. Sigh...
    And Yes it's aggravating to try and tell them how to keep a phal...I know... all you get is attitude.
    What's an orchid lover to do???
    Connie

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    From big box stores, I try to get plants close to when they arrive for they are so poorly cared for. Keowee is a very ice brid!! Wish you luck in getting roots back on it. The key is don't water until you have new root growth but keep the humidity high and the plant shaded.

    I avoid playing music to my chids...my thought is music uses scales and scales are harmful to orchids

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