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

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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; When I realistically calculated the time it's 1-2 hrs for me. Which shocked me because ...

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    When I realistically calculated the time it's 1-2 hrs for me. Which shocked me because I don't think I have that many, until I counted and I found 10 more materialised out of nowhere since my last tally. I'm now at 30, and I believe my spathoglottis has been busy cause I think I found 2 new shoots in my onions, which means there's going to be an increase soon. I spend more time inspecting and nick-picking than anything, well being on here surpasses that.

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    Does staring at them willing them to bloom count as "caring for"? I only have maybe 15 plants but I spend a lot of time looking at and inspecting them

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoStems View Post
    Does staring at them willing them to bloom count as "caring for"? I only have maybe 15 plants but I spend a lot of time looking at and inspecting them
    Haha!! I literally laughed out loud when I read your response! If staring at them counts, then I seriously need to change my poll response! I spend quite a bit of time each day just looking at mine too...you know...trying to anticipate where the next spike might come from, estimating when a bloom might open, marveling at the beautiful flowers and looking at them super-close to see the shimmer on the petals...etc. I also fuss over them a lot, moving the supports around for maximum benefit, tweaking the angles that they sit by the windows, rearranging them depending on which orchid needs a little boost or a little rest, and just generally obsessing. It rained most of this week here in PA, and when we had an afternoon of sun today I scurried about and moved all of my orchids so that they could bask in the increased light. (Then I moved them all back when my son got home from school so he wouldn't knock any over). Does this all count as "caring for" or does it fall more into the "obsessing over" category? LOL!!
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    I had to say 4-6 hours. It does vary depending on the season. Although I have a small collection (around thirty), I am growing upstairs on a balcony for the warmer season and can't really use my hose to water. So I march everyone into the kitchen for their soak. I have quite a few things that need daily soaking in warm weather and only one sink that I sanitize for each plant. Ugh...it gets exhausting sometimes but I've taken the orchids on so I must do right by them.
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    Oh well, on Sunday I spent a solid 6 hours re-potting, mounting and doing root trimmings, but I hope that soon it will be a tad less. I still have a bunch that need re-potting but I wait for them to finish blooming, t6he only ones I can't be bothered and I change whenever are my phals coz I know they won't mind.

    I suddenly acquired a large collection of many different species with many different demands when it comes to...well, just about everything and I work daily on a very fast pace moving them about coz I know I have the possibility to offer different climates and light condition depending on the window where they are lodged and even part of the windowsill.

    So far, I have to say that the biggest issue has been the labeling on the ones that had labels in the first place. For example, I felt that I am not giving the best care to something labeled Liparis londilobulbon and after 2 solid hours of online checks and comparisons I decided that is probably Dendrochilum longibulbon. Unfortunately I also just shy of a week acquired a new cat that hasn't seen so much green in all her life, and she jumped where the poor thing was, took a long sniff and chomped the inflorescence clean off, so I can't take pictures. I was really looking forward for that to open fully, it looked enticing. She also gave a trimming to the leafs of my Sigmatostalix, but she is opening as we speak, so no harm done
    As for the time I spend staring, taking pictures and researching...at least 3 hours daily. Ergo, I stopped playing, this gives me more satisfaction

    Cheers all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrchidAddict View Post
    Haha!! I literally laughed out loud when I read your response! If staring at them counts, then I seriously need to change my poll response! I spend quite a bit of time each day just looking at mine too...you know...trying to anticipate where the next spike might come from, estimating when a bloom might open, marveling at the beautiful flowers and looking at them super-close to see the shimmer on the petals...etc. I also fuss over them a lot, moving the supports around for maximum benefit, tweaking the angles that they sit by the windows, rearranging them depending on which orchid needs a little boost or a little rest, and just generally obsessing. It rained most of this week here in PA, and when we had an afternoon of sun today I scurried about and moved all of my orchids so that they could bask in the increased light. (Then I moved them all back when my son got home from school so he wouldn't knock any over). Does this all count as "caring for" or does it fall more into the "obsessing over" category? LOL!!
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    Wow! you are really hard " @work" !!! Hope you soon finish your repotting and have time to just sit back a little and watch them grow. I have had kittens do that but with a good telling off as soon as done- (shouting) they got the message! They now come and tell me if a plant pot has fallen over ..(very rare)

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    In his second life, my husband wants to come back as one of my orchids. He wants all the treatment and attention the orchids get. LOL

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    I must say that it depends on the seson but 4-6 hour avargage a week is what I spend...

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    I must agree with the majority of ochid lovers. Most of my time spent with my orchids is just looking at them, inspecting them for any slightest change. Every new green bulge I see is a nice little reward for me! So, concidering time spent watering and inspecting, it adds up to between 2-4 hours a week. And, I don't have as many as others do. Before I registered on Orchidworks, I thought I have loads, too many to count. And then I saw that some have up to 220!!! Now I see I'm way behind!!! More incentive to buy more!!! There's alway room for one more, right?!!


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