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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; I like to get small orchid plants( two inch pots ) and grow them to ...
I like to get small orchid plants( two inch pots ) and grow them to blooming size. That way, I have the satisfaction of watching them grow, and finally bloom! I grew Lemon Chiffon & Volcano Queen that way, now I'm growing Emerald Isle & G.K. Serendipity. I can wait...Betty :-)
I mostly get phals either flowering size or in low bud, but sometimes do get compots, or 3 or 4 seedlings of a cross hoping to get a really beautiful flower.
I like all of the above except the silk ones. I love to have things blooming but I love to grow them to bloom size myself. Plus it is quite a bit cheaper to play the waiting game with baby ones.
Growing a seedling takes a lot of patience.
It matters how you manage to grow and bloom the plant.
You'll find out that you're treating them like own babies.
I don't chose plants with flower bud or already in bloom for the reason that I don't like them being damaged or stressed during transportation or newly planted and sometimes it cause them to bud drop.
But rarely I bought or chose plants with buds or flowers just to ensure their real identity or trade name being sold to me.
i choose orchid seedlings because i get a lot of fullfillment when they grow up and the excitement of what color will bring when they bloom
My best success has been to raise plants from flask to maturity while selecting the best of each cross. Of course, the key is to figure out which crosses have the best potential according to the parentage. I do sometimes get nearly blooming size seedlings of high quality parents for quicker satisfaction, but growing from flask does get the plants adjusted to your conditions.
Erm...I picked "other" because i tend to get the reduced priced orchids at the garden centre, the ones that are done blooming. I really look forward to when they will bloom again (my oncidium looks like it might! :-) ).
Of course it's really risky because sometimes I accidentally pick an ill plant - that's really disappointing, I think I've lost already three that were ill when I bought them (not really experienced enough yet to always get it right :-( ). But some of them survive nicely.
I answered 'seedling'. I'm new to orchids but that is what I like for garden plants. Better still is growing from seed and I can look at them and think 'that is a totally the product of my labor with a lot of divine intervention'. Got a neighbor who every year fills her garden from the garden center. That's not gardening.