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View Poll Results: I would rather..

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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 have a mixture of blooming size and seedlings like most people but if you ...

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  1. #51
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    I have a mixture of blooming size and seedlings like most people but if you have the patience try your own crosses, the only thing wrong with that is the years one waits to see if you have made a dud or not. It is still fun though.
    Ted

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    I'm short on space at the moment, and rebuilding a collection so am buying quite a few all at once.... I've gone the seedling route for a lot of them, to save both money and space (also because species can be hard to get here, so internet auctions have been a great source for me). I'll be quite happy to wait a few years to see any blooms, and it will be very rewarding to know I've cared for a plant for so long.

    I've also bought a few slightly neglected plants or division, either from people moving or via the local orchid society. They add enough variety - and a few blooms - to my growing area, so it isn't ALL just seedlings and very small plants!

  3. #53
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    I prefer "in spike", or "near blooming size". That said, I also have about 75 seedling, that i'm raising from flasks and compots.(I just hope I live long enough to see them bloom).

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    I prefer to buy in bud or near bloom. Although I did purchase a flask last fall. I also have many seedlings of my own crosses.

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    I love to see and smell the bloom personally when I buy. I am not afraid of buying a seedling either. I am just getting started and learning a lot. I plan on buying a few seedlings to grow to blooming size.

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    I prefer seedlings or even community pots. I have limited space and you get a better bang for your buck with smaller plants. Plus I am looking for that special plant both in form and color. If a plant has bloomed the grower/dealer will not sell that 'special' plant but save for their collection.

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    I also want it now but am willing to wait it's when I have had something for a couple years and never flowers. Then my patience is gone.

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    I prefer get seedling and make all the work and having a zen patience for waiting her growing and develop

  9. #59
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    I've tried orchids ranging from seedlings to full bloom to out-of-bloom, and I can say, I cannot resist the immediate satisfaction of seeing flowers! Especially in the gray winter days, there's nothing like bringing home a colorful orchid in bloom. It's also good to grow seedlings alongside the older plants, to know I have something to look forward to when they bloom!

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    I do like the challenge of trying to get them to re-bloom. It is so rewarding when they do. You just want to pat yourself on the back & be proud.

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