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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; I voted: 'get a near blooming size orchid and care for / bloom it', despite ...

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    I voted: 'get a near blooming size orchid and care for / bloom it', despite the fact I am the most impatient person I know, just ask my bf, my kids and my bff (she's on here somewhere). Shockingly, I prefer to get the orchids without blooms majority of the time. Very few I own were in flower when I got them, further more, only one of them I actually chose, the rest were gifts. Crazy as it may be I like the ones not labelled since I'm new to the orchid thing cause I love surprises ...and they're cheaper

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    I'm a horticulturist and have so much of every thing and I enjoy watching plants grow the don't mind the waiting game but I will get a plant at any stage if it's cheap.

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    Hi All,

    As I have only been growing orchids for the past 6 years, my initial approach was to purchase mature plants to get that "instant gratification", this approach being motivated because of my then tender age of 57 (only if I had discovered orchids at a much earlier age!).

    Currently my approach is to purchase seedlings and flasks from recognised high quality hybridisers, in order to identify these hybridisers I do a great deal of research and go to a number of orchide shows to identify the orchids that in my opinion has the "wow" factor. With some genera, I will purchase mature/near mature plants in order to again get that "instant gratification", but "ouch" this approach does cost, particularly when you fall in love with a Paph. rothschildianum or its hybrids.

    For my 60th birthday, my wife purchased a flask of rothchildianum/sanderianum crosses, she asked whether I wanted anything else to which I replied "to see them flower" she was a bit bemused by my response, but, understood when I explained to her that it could take 20 years or more to see them flower: unfortunately they have all gone to heaven, I have a way to go in successfully growing Paph. seedlings from flask.

    I've substituted the Paph. seedlings with Dendrobium speciosum grandiflorum flask seedlings (I know I can grow these), a spectacular Australian native orchid, should be able to get them to flower within 8 - 12 years, but, 15- 20 years to reach speciment size. One of the parents is 'William', and I've enclosed a couple of photos taken by a mate of mine.


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    Hi George -

    I am mighty impressed with your perseverance and willingness to try new, patience-trying orchids! Funny - it doesn't take much experience to be wowed by a blooming supermarket phal, but it seems that the more experience one has, the more one decides that nothing will do but seedlings and decades of waiting! (Only my observation - not enough experience on board yet to find flasks an appealing prospect - but I've dozens of seedling paphs and phrags now, so I suppose I'm on my way.)

    What a glorious dendrobium!

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    I would say that it depends on the circumstances. I'm not an experienced orchid buyer, so this whole seedling thing is new to me. Despite that I've ordered some plants as seedlings due to economic reasons (they're MUCH cheaper) from vendors, but if I'm to buy it in a store, I want to see what the flowers look like before I purchase anything. As long as I know what the flowers look like I'm okay with buying it in any size really.

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    i go for mostly NBS, as in-bloom orchids are much more expensive and drop flowers and buds easily. i am getting more confident now, and trying some seedlings. i have been attempting to grow orchids outside, and have created some tree-trunk like plantings out of treefern pots staked together (actually replaced the supports for my dragon fruit cacti with these) and the smaller orchids and seedlings look more natural as they grow in their new home, so seedlings do have some uses for this purpose. the older plants that were grown in pots don't look as natural and have to adjust to their placement. so, depending on where they will live, it makes a difference. but i'd still rather get something i know should bloom in the next year.

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    I like to grow mostly near blooming size. Coeruleo I'd like to see a photo of the treefern pots staked together, sounds like a fun idea, to save space with some design

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    My choice would be blooming size plants. I would buy some smaller size plants also, if the "grown-ups" are not available. The price is lower for those, but sometimes here you can buy mature plants for a reasonable price.

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    Default Fred of little patience.

    I received a couple of hybrid catts from a local area grower back in Jan. or Feb. Since then I have been impatiently waiting for something to happen. All my catts were making wonderful new growth and roots but no blossoms and I was begining to wonder if it was ever going to happen. I made a pest of myself with other growers to see if I was doing something wrong or what. Finally!!! a Blc. Robert Ferguson 'Florida Sunset' happened. And several others are now coming into bud. I guess I'm just getting a lesson in patience. Cheers !
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    this is the first one i did, and i should take a new picture, as i have added to it and replaced the base pot with a wider one to catch the splattering water. these are staked straight up, and i cut notches in the sides to stick the phals in sideways , like in nature. they are starting to root into the pots. the top will be a selenicereus chrysocardium (fernleaf cactus) to make it look like a treefern. the water mostly trickles down the inside, wetting each pot's jumble of sphag and bark mix. i only water in the AM to make sure it dries enough incase water splashes into the phals so they don't rot on me. the ones outside i have not staked straight up, they are offset so each plant can sit like in a pot (not sideways). i am still in the process of building them and planting them though. so far i have stuck a 'dancing lady' oncidium i bough from a local person listing divisions on the internet. she was a little old russian lady in west hollywood. i bought her last 2 divisions and will use one at each end of my balcony. they were in potting soil with moss on top, and all the roots were dead, but each has a new growth, so i am hoping they will come back. the tree in more sun will also feature some epiphyte cacti. this winter i will mostly stick the plants in the pots with their normal plastic 4" pots so i can move them if they get too little/too much light to another spot.

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