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Diagnosis, Quarantine, Risk, Blatant Ignorance or blatant irresponsibility.

This is a discussion on Diagnosis, Quarantine, Risk, Blatant Ignorance or blatant irresponsibility. within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; As real as day, just how far are you willing to go to obtain that ...

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    Default Diagnosis, Quarantine, Risk, Blatant Ignorance or blatant irresponsibility.

    As real as day, just how far are you willing to go to obtain that species youve searched four corners of the earth for.

    Shopping online?

    How do you know if plant is in normal post rest colouration stage so nothing to be concerned about, camera colouration distortion or variable nutrient deficiency, epsom magnese at the ready with a dash of iron and calcium, fear and run away, heart flutter and raised blood pressure at the thought of it carelessly currently offered up for sale to mass public. Infestation of bad bad pathogens? terrified that it could deplete a collection through physical transfer, water splash/runoff?

    Frustrating not being able to smell or confirm soft tissue/ sft bulbs.

    Would you purchase it? in the name of defiance, or a battle for 1 lead to succeed otherwise no roots and no chance. New shoot has no access to water nutrient storage from lack of sufficient sized bulbs to survive on.

    With the proven knowledge of some members on here im gonna keep my fingers crossed that condition is normal or atleast minimal threat!!!!!?????

    The Banana Orchid living up to its name shape and colour. If this was a Catt or laelia or the many dendros ive seen do this, a different diagnosis.?????
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    When it comes to obtaining a particular species, I let my conscience do the work of making my mind up. There are number of things to consider in addition to the ones you have mentioned above such financial, emotional and above all, is it meant to be like this? If its rare, I'd probably not have it because it might not make it under my care. Although, I might be able to provide it with whatever it needs, even water from the heavens. I wouldn't do it. I find myself stuck in situations like these and with the battling thoughts n my mind. I simply turn my back to it and tell myself, I have a good number of orchids growing at home and this is not the end of the word that wouldn't let me buy another healthy one to add to my collection.

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    I was originally drawn to this orchid when perusing (i think Kassies collection in back garden.) and clocked it on a communal orchid forum attached to fence, the broad plump psbs of the plant attracted most of my attention and was informed 'banana orchid, a national flower much like the dove orchid of Panama. They literally went on my list of interest which was down to the robust psbs with no vegetative growth or flower.

    Surfing search engine pic results indicated that even wild colonised same sp also had the yellowed jaundice colour to back bulbs.

    I ve come to learn that yellows/ browns are warnings or trouble indicators also witnessed many sp/hybrids do this and the results were not /never good. Is it a coincidence that the common name is corroborated by bold curved shape (banana shape) of psbs and also the yellowing ( banana colour).

    I defend my right to be paranoid and over cautious with experience in witnessing harmful pathogens hath no mercy with 24hr periods delivering a fatal blow. for some esp stanhopeas/catasetinae killing many orchids stone cold dead betw 24 - 72 hr timeframe. Lost alot and sulked but i got on with it and now (while these incidents are designed to test us) there is no way I will let that happen again, i love my brassias and bulbos, catt aclandiae hybrids and all in flower power mode and I wont jeopardise it. Apart from bark/cork mounts all compost/ bark/ woodchip/ will all be gone sooner rather than later and grit/ gravel and leca only for pot culture. I have to mist and so pathogens get a good transport service spreading there numbers with run off/ cross contamination. Indicates a valuable lesson in hygiene and observation. Organic matter certainly high risk and so is raiding orchids on the reduced rack. weak plants are sitting ducks and good hosts.

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