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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; Originally Posted by bench72 You Sir, are the naughtiest!!!! I chose seedlings... I buy plants ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bench72 View Post
    You Sir, are the naughtiest!!!!

    I chose seedlings... I buy plants of all sizes but I do get such a thrill when I buy little babies and three / four / gawd knows how long afterwards when they do finally bloom, there is just this tweak inside that makes one feel so proud!
    I've gone through this thread and found it very interesting. As for me I've voted for seedlings. ditto to the post above. I'm the patient type (I also grow bonsai!) What I find with orchid seedlings as with 'ALL' plants: I like to watch them grow! I just like to see plants growing, that's a bit of an obsession with me; I'll watch a newly potted plant several times a day and for a few minutes just to see how it's doing!!! Crazy I admit, but when you see them finally blooming the satisfaction is sooo....great. I don't dismiss the cost factor as well, too easy to buy a seedling of an awarded clone than looking for the same thing in B/S or NB/S.

    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!!

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    Honestly, the plastic ones are where it's at. No muss, no fuss, and for that true-to-life appearance, you can even make like the flowers have scale and mealybugs on them by misting them with oil and then throwing baby powder down so that it clumps on the oil droplets, or you can melt holes in the petals with a soldering iron to simulate snail damage, or all kinds of other fun stuff.

    Really. The cheapo plastic ones are the best. I'm with Hoa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EMos View Post
    I've gone through this thread and found it very interesting. As for me I've voted for seedlings. ditto to the post above. I'm the patient type (I also grow bonsai!) What I find with orchid seedlings as with 'ALL' plants: I like to watch them grow! I just like to see plants growing, that's a bit of an obsession with me; I'll watch a newly potted plant several times a day and for a few minutes just to see how it's doing!!! Crazy I admit, but when you see them finally blooming the satisfaction is sooo....great. I don't dismiss the cost factor as well, too easy to buy a seedling of an awarded clone than looking for the same thing in B/S or NB/S.

    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!!
    Eric.

    Cheers,
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    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!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aesir22 View Post
    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 know - right? lol!

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    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.

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    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.

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    You must keep us posted!

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    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.

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    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.

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