Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 21
Like Tree46Likes

When do you give up on your orchid?

This is a discussion on When do you give up on your orchid? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I definitely agree that you should take a break. Traveling, even for a vacation is ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #11
    cakedaddy's Avatar
    cakedaddy is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    jason
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida Panhandle
    Posts
    2,021

    Default

    I definitely agree that you should take a break. Traveling, even for a vacation is stressful as it is...then to return home to this, it's understandable that you are overwhelmed! The plants are going to be fine...any that do not last over a couple days rest most likely wouldn't have pulled through with the help of your efforts. Your plants need your enthusiasm. Get that together, then go about tending to their needs as best you can. They seem to be much tougher than us humans at times!
    Posted via Mobile Device

  2. #12
    panam's Avatar
    panam is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Patty
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    What isn't?!
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Yuma, AZ: The little corner where Arizona, California and Mexico meet.
    Posts
    3,094
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Oh, Maura, if only we could direct Karma as we saw fit... Take some time to catch your breath. We're in your corner pulling for you!

  3. #13
    paphioboy is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Li
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paphiopedilum. Duh!
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Penang, Malaysia
    Posts
    1,156
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    You toss them when they are: (a) will take too long to regain their former appearance and replacements can be found easily or (b) they pose too big a risk of infection to the other plants, despite quarantining and taking the appropriate measures.

  4. #14
    catttan's Avatar
    catttan is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Yew-Sung
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    cattleyas, vandaceous,paphios
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Kedah, Peninsular Malaysia
    Posts
    15,877
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Couldn't possibly offer any better advice than those from Pavel, Geoff and Matt.

  5. #15
    kiwiorchids's Avatar
    kiwiorchids is offline Plant Nut
    Real Name
    Jordan Healey
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The Weird and the Wonderful!
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Posts
    3,382
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Sounds like someone has a vendetta against you for some reason Maura! And that isnt very nice! I know how you feel friend

    Yep, take a break-you will feel better after it! Then you can go about working on the orchids, sometimes if you are in a positive mood, the orchids will respond in kind

    Take care my friend!

  6. #16
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is offline Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    34,003
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Couldn't possibly offer any better advice than those from Pavel, Geoff and Matt.
    Agreed.

    Cheers,
    BD

  7. #17
    mauraec's Avatar
    mauraec is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Maura Caffrey
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paphiopedilum lowii
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Englewood, FL
    Posts
    3,092
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hi guys -

    I took a day off repotting - to do housework(!?!!??!) For me, cleaning is often a therapeutic activity, and its results are both immediate and gratifying - two things I love. I haven't tried hiring a maid - perhaps that would gratify me equally well....

    Today I did half and half - have sphag&bagged several plants, potted a few others, and am taking time out to meander around OT - one of my VERY favorite things to do! I read a good bit today and yesterday, too, although I have to admit it was all orchid-related. I just finished a book about some real-life adventures and disasters with paphs - try as I might, I don't think I will ever be weird enough to be a great orchid grower. I have no desire to trudge around snake-infested forests, or smuggle orchids through customs taped to my legs; nor could I ever lie, cheat, or steal for my orchids - the integrity of my whole life is too important to me. No matter, I'm happy to have the few paphs I have, and have spent hours today reading book solely on paphs by a gentleman who certainly is one of the highest regarded growers around - it's even readable. I'm getting a better handle on how the background species of any particular hybrid eventually show up in various characteristics.

    I really still choose my orchids the way I do everything else - I like what I like, whether it's trendy, common, bizarre, or considered worthy by others. I'm gravitating towards paphs, which is a surprise to me, because they are rather space-alienish and most don't have a fragrance - particularly the Maudiae hybrids I so love. And cattleyas are just driving me crazy because they are so cumbersome and really clumsy-looking (mildly worded) even when in bloom. If I can possibly control myself, I'd like to find a smallish, highly fragranced orchid (no - not a species - that's Phillip's department - I like the artistry that goes into successful hybridizing), a hybrid I can grow easily indoors with my little humidifier-growlight-muffin-fan setup. Too bad I really don't like the bulldog paphs; they look like someone took their dentures out! I guess I'm still looking for the "peony" of orchids - beauty, elegance, and heavenly-scented. Peonies are my favorite non-orchid, and I used to grow a lot of them in New England, but we can't grow them here in the south, so I have to develop substitutes, I guess.

    Enough rambling - at least it's taken my mind off less pleasant things and given me future collecting challenges, as so many of you have suggested. I'll have a better idea of how many new ones I can have once I finish repotting the paphs - what a huge project for such a small collection! I'm ready for some squeaky-clean, budding orchids with no insect or fungus issues and no need for repotting anywhere in sight!


    Thank you everyone, for all your great advice, and for putting up with my whining about my plight. I actually despise whiners and seldom indulge in it, but this time I proved, once again, that I am a mere human with canyon-sized character flaws, just like most everyone else. A good lesson, but I've really been there and done that one enough for a lifetime. Time to call my kids and parents and show I care about something besides orchids! Have to get after my 17 year-old son for letting his new girlfriend derail his schoolwork for a bit, but only because it's a mom requirement and I'm happy he's displaying normal teenage boy idiocy these days - he hasn't always.

  8. #18
    panam's Avatar
    panam is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Patty
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    What isn't?!
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Yuma, AZ: The little corner where Arizona, California and Mexico meet.
    Posts
    3,094
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hooray for you, Maura. I always enjoy what you share, so I'm gald the big meanie didn't push you away from orchids for good. We would have missed you more than you can imagine.

  9. #19
    Daethen is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jonada
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paph Chiu Hua Dancer
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    1,588
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Ditto what panam said. Welcome back to the light. You are a bigger person than I am to be able to let it go that easy. And I don't think you were whining, you were venting so that it didn't blow up inside of you.

  10. #20
    Nataliwind's Avatar
    Nataliwind is offline Senior Member
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Bulbophyllum, Cattleya
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    New Tampa, Florida
    Posts
    1,247
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Has anyone else ever experienced this kind of dilemma? What did you do? Even if you haven't actually undergone this particular trial, what would you do to bring fast closure without the regret that perfectly wonderful plants have been discarded?

    Maura[/COLOR][/SIZE]
    Maura, I am glad you feel better now, and I don't think you were whining or so. We invest so much of ours into our orchid babies that every lost becomes not easy to go through.
    Someone told me once, you cannot call yourself as an orchid grower until you have killed a hundred plants. It sounds to me rather optimistic.
    You know, I had couple big disasters with my plants. First one happened two years ago when I forgot to unzip my walk-in greenhouse in the morning and literally cooked more than 30 plants, and second one happened just a few months ago when over 30 of my precious Catts were killed by black rot. Some of them were in bud, some in sheath... It is terrible when you see your orchids dying and you cannot help, but it is not a reason to give up... so I think. As for me, I got the lessons and moved on. I did think for a moment that I better should give up and quit buying plants anymore etc, but you know what? The best treatment was, buying a new plant or two.

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. About to give up...
    By orchidaddict789 in forum Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: April 26th, 2005, 06:45 PM
  2. when do you give up?
    By Cinderella in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: July 25th, 2004, 01:08 PM
  3. Ugh, I give up.
    By OrchidTraci in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: May 28th, 2004, 03:17 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.