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get a seedling and grow it to blooming size and know that I have bloomed it because of my care
get a near blooming size orchid and care for / bloom it
get an orchid in bud and let it bloom for me in a few days
get an orchid in bloom - no time for waiting
get silk/ plastic orchid blooms - who has the time to bloom 'real orchids' hehe...
other - tell us
This is a discussion on Orchid Patience within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by bench72 You Sir, are the naughtiest!!!! I chose seedlings... I buy plants ...
As for the post below, I found this the most creative and amusing. I've never thought of how much you can do to make a plastic plant look real. I think I should try that next time I don't have anything in bloom!!
Bruce why must you ask such a tough question! Can I answer all of the above (except the silk fake orchid one) I vote seedlings because I grow lots of things from seeds and love watching them mature. However, I am also renound in work for buying ones with eye catching blooms on impulse!!!
I like to see what I'm paying good money for, so I like buying in bloom.
That being said, I also have a bunch of seedlings and keikis either purchased or won at club raffles.
So, there should be a separate category for people like me,- those who would beg, borrow or steal orchids.
i would do both seedling and blooming depending on the price and if i feel patient enough to wait a year or so. lol
a few weeks ago i bought 6 phal baby plants and they only have the description of the flowers and not the species or hybrid. 3 of them labeled white with red lips and 3 white with yellow lips. i would be really proud if i bloom them. the farm people said about a 6months to a year they will bloom. and they are at 1/4 to 1/5 the price of an adult plant.
so i get to take care of them, hopefully bloom them, and be really proud of myself!... at 1/4 the cost.
You must keep us posted!
I prefer blooming size plants but when challenged with finding that hard to get plant, I can wait. So while I am happy to get flowering size, I am also happy to get seedling plants and wait.
I really fall into all the categories except the artificial one.
I prefer a mixture of very small plants to care for and blooming size ones.
I need some smaller ones that I can look after and care for every day. ^^ And I know it will be great when I got one to bloom... in a few years... maybe.
But its boring to look a green stuff all the time so I also buy some that are already in bloom or having buds so there at least some flowers to look at.
Also, for some seedlings that may show a large variety in what they look like, you never know what you get, so I prefer to buy them in bloom. They may cost a little more but at least I know what I get.