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What orchid to buy at the orchid nursery today?

This is a discussion on What orchid to buy at the orchid nursery today? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I lean toward catts and want some fragrance, but my real passion is paphs, which ...

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    Default What orchid to buy at the orchid nursery today?

    I lean toward catts and want some fragrance, but my real passion is paphs, which I have really only experience in blooming hybrid Maudiaes - my favorites are vinicolored. Not planning in the future to do too much (any) hybridizing myself - YET.


    This nursery (in Maine where I'm on vacation) specializes in catts, with lots of both species and hybrids, as well as angraecoids, and paphs too, but mostly paph species. Given this minute amount of information, I was wondering if anyone has a "must-have" list that I should look for. I have a paph delenatii and a Lynleigh Koopowitz, but prefer the Maudiae types - I also love fairrieanums in the parentage, anyway, and would not mind a few more species - just not the chinese bulldog, or sequential, several blooms on one stem, sort.

    Any ideas, anyone?

    I'll report back, anyway - I think I already had them set aside a primulinum for me.


    Thanks as always,

    Maura

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    Get a bifoliate Catt. Nothing smells better than bifoliace Cattleyas!

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    While it is not fragrant (at least not that I've ever noticed) & if you like non-floofy rich firey reds then if they have Slc Jewelbox 'Dark Waters', I'd recommend picking one up.



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    'Dark Waters' or 'Scheherazade', both are excellent SLC. Jewel Boxes that have withstood the test of time. And they do not overrun your grow area either.
    Don

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    My personal favorite cattleya would have to be the Maxima. The flowers, can be such amazing colors and they grow like weeds. ANY plant that grows like a weed AND blooms on a regular basis for me has to be easy. lol I got this one two years ago and i'm already having to repot and split the one in a clay pot again because it tripled in size on me and is now root bound in an 8 inch pot! I have laid pieces in empty pots and had them grow no problem. lol

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    C. maxima is an interesting species. There are upland maxima which are quite short and lowland maxima that get pretty dog gone big. Mine is of the upland type and does not grow more than 8" tall. It is blooming right now. Another interesting thing about maxima is the yellow line that runs down through the lip, on all color variants.
    Unfortunately, I have never caught a scent from my short guy.
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    I suggest Bc. Donna Kimura 'Paradise Tammi' . Beautiful pastel with wonderful fragrance that will light up your garden.

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    Paph callosum, lawrenceanum, dayanum, sukhakulii, appletonianum if you like Maudiae-types... Makuli, Macabre, Alma Gavaert are also good.

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    I buy most of my orchids for fragrance. My favorite Cattleya is Lc Acker's Spotlight 'Pink Lady'. It is now getting ready to bloom a second time (bloomed at the end of July) and I look forward to it's wonderful fragrance. Some of the small, non-cattleya orchids I have that have pleasant fragrances are Neosylis Lou Sneary 'Blue Bird', Neofinetia falcata (scented at night), Brassavola nodosa (night), Haraella Rectrocalia, Maxillaria tenuifolia, Angraecum Magdalenae, Ang. didieri (night), and Ang. leonis (night). Good luck and have fun!
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    If you are looking for vandas always look for species most of them emitted sweet smelly such as tricolor, celebica, insignis, deari, denisoniana, bensonii, sumatrana and primary hybrids with tricolor/insignis and denisoniana simply awesome.

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