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  • get a seedling and grow it to blooming size and know that I have bloomed it because of my care

    114 28.86%
  • get a near blooming size orchid and care for / bloom it

    150 37.97%
  • get an orchid in bud and let it bloom for me in a few days

    68 17.22%
  • get an orchid in bloom - no time for waiting

    35 8.86%
  • get silk/ plastic orchid blooms - who has the time to bloom 'real orchids' hehe...

    3 0.76%
  • other - tell us

    25 6.33%
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Orchid Patience

This is a discussion on Orchid Patience within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Interesting thread. I guess it depends on what type of orchid it is. If it ...

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    Interesting thread. I guess it depends on what type of orchid it is. If it is slow-growing and expensive for a blooming size, I would get seedlings anyway because I can get more of them.. For things that are uncommon but grow fast such as bulbophyllum, stanhopea and gongora, I choose seedlings or backbulbs (backbulbs are preferable as I have had success with them). I only buy blooming size if they are reasonably cheap.

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    I would buy it already blooming, but so far have bought only two and they aren't to bloom until winter, so I guess I have patience after all. I will run right out of patience if they do not bloom this winter. If that is the case then off to someone else they go or given to someone at the orchid society.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoa Tony Nguyen View Post
    I vote "getting silk/ plastic orchid blooms"!!! Heheheeee, who has the time to bloom 'real 'chids' anyway ... so much work ... heheheee .. and just as pretty and stay "fresh" like "almost forever" ... DA BEST CHOICE ... heheheheee ...
    I bet many folks around here agree ... heheheeeheee ...
    Doc Spock ...
    every time my bf comes with me to the flower market he always makes a HUGE deal of finding the one silk flower stall in the place, holds a bunch of em up real high, and LOUDLY proclaims from across the market , "but they look the same and they wont ever die...why dont you just buy these?" ...he can be such a little shit sometimes!

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    I go with the "Near blooming size" if possible, but if it's something really expensive, I go with a seedling...I can be patient if need be, and I tend to enjoy watching them grow.

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    I like seeing the pretty flowers so I'd go with almost in bloom or in bud because of this. I also want to bring it back to that state and I know what to expect. I am a relatively inexperienced so I want to have something to start with. I think that the greens are absolutely gorgeous. I would love to get a seedling and start that because I think it would be extremely fulfilling to grow it up.

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    hi there I also voted to get it near blooming size , so I can have some pretty here and now and then I would try my best to get it to rebloom but the patience thing is hard . especially when they are re-potted and now have to get settled in it's hard

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    It totally depends on what I'm looking for. If it is a cross that seems like something that will grow into what I think might be exceptional I will buy several seedlings of that cross. I do like the mystery behind seedlings of crosses. I seldom by mericloned seedlings.

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    More recently I've been buying NBS orchids, mainly because you never really know how long a plant has been in bloom for if you buy it that way. That is, unless you go to a grower specializing in orchids, which we don't really have around here as far as I know!

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    Just caught this thread -

    I can't answer any ONE of the poll questions because I say yes to them all and have a range of everything EXCEPT(!!!!!!!!!) silk orchids. May a silk orchid NEVER cross my doorsill - unless it's a hand painted orchid on a silk scarf....

    However, I chose "other" because I'm at the end of my first year of growing orchids, and, really, in the first year, you are mostly "collecting" them, no matter which stage they're in. I am sadly subject to immediate gratification compulsions, so all of my first, and still some of my latest purchases are of orchids in spike, bud, or bloom. A beautiful photo of a fully bloomed example of the seedling I buy only goes so far to keep my enthusiasm going - 8 months go by, and I'm still looking at some small green leaves, I've lost the pretty photo in my mess of orchid records, and that seedling looks like it's taking up valuable space a real bloom could inhabit.

    What I'm most taken in by now is a plant in spike - and for me, it's usually a paph or phrag - that I "bloom", and then nurse through the cycle until puts out new growths and just may bloom again. I suppose it's kind of a compromise of all the stages - except flasks - and I'm nowhere near touching that yet, although hybridizing has me fascinated these days.

    Most recently, I forayed into a really exciting unknown - I bought an enormous tetraploid (4N) Phrag Les Dirouilles, which had an old spike to show it HAS bloomed (sometimes an issue with these particular plants), and a vigorous new growth, 6 times larger than the old one, with two 4N parents - (Sorcerer's Apprentice x Grande). No sign of a spike yet, but I have great hope. I know lots of phrag enthusiasts get tired of their monster phrags, but I say "Bring it on!" I should say that I also have a seedling Sorcerer's Apprentice, so I have plenty of time to watch the tiny one get bigger - if I live that long.

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    I completely forgot about the baby Catt I bought as a "bag baby" last year (or has it been two years already?). It's been really exciting watching it grow from an itty bitty little thing into something recognizable as an orchid. Still probably a couple years from blooming but it's been very rewarding to watch it thrive under my care. Not to mention you can pick these guys up for super cheap!! Only downside is that they're often mislabled.

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