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    Hello all! I'm interested to know what everyone thinks are some good orchids for beginners to try to grow? For example, ones that may be: easy to care for, or don't require a lot of demand, or not tempermental with temps or humidity . . . etc. . . .

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    Catts, Phals, Phrags and Paphs are all fairly easy to grow in home environment. Ludsia discolor grows easy in home too.

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    In general, hybrids are usually easier than species. Hybrid Phals are a good choice.

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    A question that can cause all sorts of bickering.

    I know a number of folks who definitely feel that phals are one of the worst plants for a beginner ... yet based on my experience I would say that they are perfectly appropriate for beginners. I have run into folks who swear that paphs and phrags are the way to go. IMO, they have been smoking too much of that "wacky tobaccy". heh (Every paph or phrag I have tried has died in short order with my record being keeping one alive for about 1-2 years before it croaked.) Personally, I find many of the Cattleya hybrids to be very easy.

    In large part, what it boils down to is what growing conditions (light, temperature, humidiy, water, etc) can you easily provide? Once we know that, then we can make educated suggestions.

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    I think the mini-cattleyas are some of the easiest to grow, but if you don't have much light, you might want to try phals or paphs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchisAmor View Post
    Hello all! I'm interested to know what everyone thinks are some good orchids for beginners to try to grow? For example, ones that may be: easy to care for, or don't require a lot of demand, or not tempermental with temps or humidity . . . etc. . . .
    That is an incomplete question.

    The needs of specific orchids varies SO much, that what is "as easy as falling off a log" to one grower with a certain set of conditions may very well be "certain death" in another's hands.

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    Ray and Pavel have a good point, as a Florida outdoor grower vandas are easiest for me and phals are challenging because of our abundant sun and rain, with that said I started with catts and found them to be the most forgiving, good luck this is part of the adventure of orchid growing.

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    Maybe some Dendrobium hybrids and Encyclia species.

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    Hi, There is a good list of orchids for beginners from orchids for dummies book.
    Phalaenopsis twinkle
    Brassavola nodosa
    Paph Maudiae
    Epidendrum cochleatum
    oncidium sherry baby
    oncidium ornithorhynchum
    laeliocattleya Mari's song
    cochleanthus amazonica
    miltonopsis santanei

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    In my conditions I have good luck with Phals, I find they adjust to my less than ideal conditions pretty well. They do like lower light (under lights and the West window). My Cattleyas are thriving in my South window. My Oncidiums and crosses are sometimes great and sometimes iffy. I have one Paph for the last 9-10 months and it is thriving and reblooming, so that's exciting to me. I'd just try one of the several varieties mentioned and see what works for you, maybe a Phal, a Catt and one other? You do have to be ready to lose some when you start.

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