the internet orchid syndrome strikes again. after a 2 week wait, i finally got this in the mail from a vendor with PERFECT feedback on an auction website. there was a note enclosed directing me to his private website promising better pricing. i can only assume they are attempting to use the auction site to get some web traffic. it seems anyone considering me as a potential repeat customer would try a little harder. their auction listings have more info about their policies than the items. should have noticed that, but i was excited to find a seller listing all sorts of things as 'temperature tolerant' and the description they have of temperature tolerant is: Tolerant = Will tolerate a wide variety of temperatures. Can be grown outside in California to Florida. so after going through their listings for a few weeks, i broke down and placed an order for 2 orchids, one an encyclia hybrid of cordigera and alata. and the other aerangis luteoalba. both he listed as temperature tolerant, growing ideally in my area. at first i was going to go with 2 orchids that i already knew would grow here, but after seeing this amazing selection of cheap but young orchids for the most part, i decided to try these 2. could not find a whole heck of a lot of info about them on the net. so finally, they arrived... and the encyclia right away i see has spots on 2 of the leaves that are most likely fungus or bacterial spotting. so not prime material... but probably salvageable. then i unwrapped the aerangis. it is a mini for sure. but i can still see that the tiny little stem is all black and dried up, and that every single leaf is deformed, each leaf is discolored with either black spots or brown streaks, and most have the part where they attach to the stem either yellowing or blackening from the stem rot, and they are all shriveled. the whole plant looks deformed and dying. seriously, do a web search for it and you will see a startlingly differently shaped plant. meanwhile, on their own website he listed the encyclia as Intermediate growing, and the aerangis as Warm growing. so, neither will survive in my garden anyway. and now i see tons of orchids he listed at the auction site as temperature Tolerant, he lists on the private site as either warm, hot, or intermediate. he just didn't bother to fill in all the info on the auctions, he just copied and pasted auction after auction and didn't change the info. i want to cry.
the sad part is, over the next few months i plan on purchasing maybe 20 or 30 orchids, to plant on my balcony in these 'tree trunks' i have constructed out of tree fern pots. i have 2 built, and each only has a few plants so far, so i have spots now for maybe 12 more plants, and when done i will make 2 more... and this guy's near blooming sized style is perfect for what i am doing, because their roots are more manageable and will easily root into the tree fern fiber. this guy won't be getting any more of my business, regardless how this turns out. however, the folks that sent me the 2 perfect mini renanthera hybrids (one a vanda cristata cross!!) just might, if they list anything more that can handle my weather.