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View Poll Results: How much time do you spend caring for your orchids?

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  • Less than 1 hour per week

    11 3.90%
  • 1 - 2 hours per week

    64 22.70%
  • 2 - 4 hours per week

    74 26.24%
  • 4 - 6 hours per week

    49 17.38%
  • More than 6 hours per week

    84 29.79%
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This is a discussion on Time caring for Orchids within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Ok, over 6 hours and I only have 45. I included the amount of time ...

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    Ok, over 6 hours and I only have 45. I included the amount of time I spend with a finger in the dirt checking water content. Staring at them to see new growths and possible bugs/fungus. I just enjoy being able to be with them. As Bruce said, they are my sanctuary.

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    more than 6 hours a week! I have luxurious much time for sowing, the seedlings, looking for bugs.

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    Not as much time as I would spend just staring at them. I mean just standing there and watching them grow.

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    I go and look at them first thing in the morning- checking for root, leaf or spike growth. My husband prepares his exclamations in advance, because I have to share the joy of whatever I find, and need him to share in it too- usually an absent-minded "wow" will do. So that's probably 45min- 1 hour with coffee cup in hand. What is that per week? ~5 hours. I don't count those. Just the time spent on tending to them is about 2-4 hours. Then I spend time reading up on the culture of some of my species phals or angs and trawl for interesting phal hybrids on ebay and various online stores. That would be about 2-3 hours on weekends- the siesta hours.

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    I'd say probably about 3 hours per week and longer if I'm doing some replanting or if it's a fertilizing week. I really don't rush in taking care of them because I enjoy it so much.

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    Angelique, do you have a picture of the vanilla that's taking over the dining room? How big is it? Can you post a picture? Maybe you should start a new thread tho'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delilah View Post
    Angelique, do you have a picture of the vanilla that's taking over the dining room? How big is it? Can you post a picture? Maybe you should start a new thread tho'?
    No, I don't but that's a very good idea, thanks. I've only had it for a couple of months and it's growing like a weed. I should keep a photo diary of it to monitor it's progress. It's a really beautiful plant but I've done some research on it (and seen photos where it grows in the wild) and it can get up to (or up and around things as it's a true climber) at least 30 feet long! As it continues to grow, I'm really hoping to convince my hub that I really need a greenhouse, especially for my vanilla plant!!! If you are interested in obtaining one, I would recommend pulling up some pics online first so you can see how huge it can get if you let it

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    with my stock of about 30 pots of orchids, i spend about half an hour everyday before i prepare for work and about 1-2 hours on weekend (sundays i mean, coz work is mondays to saturdays).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelique View Post
    If you are interested in obtaining one, I would recommend pulling up some pics online first so you can see how huge it can get if you let it
    It's a bit too late for that- I just acquired a 12" cutting, and it seems to be doing nicely.
    Would love to see pictures of your vanilla vine.

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    Depends on how much time is spent reading about them, looking at "just one more orchid" in the store wondering if I can sneak it past my s.o., then find a place to squeeze it in. Caring for orchids isn't work at all, it eases my mind. If anything, I might be killing some of them with kindness.

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