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First starter Orchid

This is a discussion on First starter Orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; So, I really want to get my first orchid but I'm afraid to get one ...

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    So, I really want to get my first orchid but I'm afraid to get one sent or pick one up as we have sub-freezing temps here.
    I've done my reading.....I think!!!!!
    What would you suggest as a best starter orchid?
    Merry Christmas to you all.
    Linda

    It's below freezing here so I'm reluctant to order on orchid or go pick one up.
    But, I also would like to get my first once it warms up.
    What would you recommend as a good "starter" plant?
    Thank you.
    Merry Christmas.

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    Linda; if you like Oncidiums I would recommend them to you as a good beginner plant. They were my first purchases when I started out and if you make some mistakes I find them to be forgiving in the sense that they tend to give you time to correct your errors. Some newbies do great with phalaenopsis if you prefer them. You may very well see an orchid here on the Forum or elsewhere that really strikes you. In many cases you will find its a "easy grower' also. Good Luck and Happy Holidays! AL

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    Phals are easy to get the hang of. Dendrobium and paphiopedilum hybrids can be pretty forgiving too. I have personally found the oncidium alliance plants to be a bit more challenging, but I think that is because the health of the plants wasn't as good to start with.

    Cymbidiums are hard to kill, but I find them rather unrewarding if you are having trouble getting things right. Can spend a lot of time in the "it's not dead, but it's not really very happy either" period.

    Generally I would recommend starting out with a low-cost no-name hybrid. Just pick something you like. Check the roots if you can before you buy. If they look at all mushy/soggy/brownish, choose a different plant. I just wouldn't go out and spend a lot on a specific named hybrid that you love until you've had some experience with cheaper plants. But that's just my 2 cents.

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    The best idea is to select something you really like and give it a go. Good luck to you.

    Cheers,
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    I'm thinking of Ahmad Sheikhi 'Mendenhall' and Blc. Fatari "Carmela".
    I've pasted the names right from the vendor site to make sure I got them right.

    Would these be two good starters? Both are Cattleya Alliance, right???

    What should I have here before they arrive? And, is this a bad time of year to start with the cold temps and the plants being in transit?

    Thanks,
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    Be sure the grower packs them with a heat pack before sending to you. Do you have a south window for high light? Both the chosen orchids are in the Cattleya family and will need fairly high light levels to bloom. That is why oncidium, or phaelonopsis are often recommended for beginner plants, light level requirements are lower.

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    You might see if your local library or bookstore has a copy of a book called "50 Bloom-again Orchids". It has profiles of 50 orchids that are mostly easy, and lists the requirements of each in detail, so you can pick out one that suits your conditions...which is the key to success, IMHO.

    The first orchid I had much success with was Eplc. Don Herman 'Gold Rush", a small catt hybrid...but that's due to what I had to offer...lots of light.

    Good luck with whatever you choose!

    Kathi

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    I have had good luck with phals and bulbos and paphs. Oncidiums are difficult for me. As far as shipping, pick somewhere that will ship in 2 days or is fairly close. Also, wait till after the holiday shopping catches up. Don't be afraid to go and pick one up at this time of year. Just go straight home afterwards.

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    Default So, I'm walking thru my grocery store...

    And found a gorgeous yellow & white phal.No other identification but looks like a "EO A alba Species Phalaenopsis pulcherrima Cattleya" that I was thinking about buying on-line.

    Please know that I copied & pasted that big long word from below the photo I was looking at. I am an absolute newbie.

    This is my first ever orchid and all I know is that it's gorgeous and I NEVER expected to find it in a grocery store.

    It's a beautiful, healthy looking plant with many blooms.

    I AM HAPPY!!!!!

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    WHOOT! WHOOT! You are off and running! Soon you will have 3 phals, then 8 phals, a catt and a lonely oncidium! (Bet he won't stay lonely for long!). Welcome to our wonderful addiction!

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