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This is a discussion on Orchid Collecting Self Control? within the Orchid Shows and Society Meetings forums, part of the TalkTalk category; I go to orchid shows with cold hard cash, it saves me a lot and ...
I go to orchid shows with cold hard cash, it saves me a lot and I still have fun spending half the day deciding after I tour the show! I buy for my daughter in law and her mother, my daughter and myself. It's always a lot of fun and cash keeps it under control. I often go shopping with a certain amount of "discretionary" cash in case I have to buy an orchid or two! My husband is way too sweet. I have quite a lot of orchids when it comes down to it and he doesn't complain.
I limit what I buy through limiting how much space I have available for growing. If I had too many plants, I would likely stop enjoying the care taking of all of them. I buy things that I like growing. Sometimes, friends at my OS share divisions of this or that (and I share right back). Some things I keep, other things I give away if I find that it does not suit me for some reason (can't bloom it, too big, blooms don't justify the effort, no ID, etc.).
There are certain plants that are on my "list" that I do keep an eye out for, especially classic hybrids that are hard to find. I am always on the hunt for a Lc. Ecstacy 'Orchidglade' for example (like a birder looking for an ivory-billed woodpecker, I have come close a few times, but "no cigar" so far). I will make room for this plant if I can ever find one.
I get it Catt Mandu, that is pretty similar to my own plan. I'm getting harder hearted, but really having less means the ones I have do better, are happier and bloom more. I'm learning to let go of the ones that don't thrive under my conditions and care, though I still give it a really good go. I can see I'm at a level that I'm comfortable with, no hurry to go get anything else at this time. Also I'm waiting to see how some of my more troubled orchids do, can I get them to grow well or not? That will determine if I get relatives or similar plants in the future. My Phals are happy, but I've got plenty, it would take a pretty fancy Phal to interest me atm. My Onc Alliance aren't thriving, going to hold off until I either decide I can't provide what they need or how to get them to grow well. My bigger Catts are doing well, my smaller ones not so much at this time, so no more baby Catts. I'm pretty sure that after 2 1/2 years I am gradually losing my Masdevallia, never got it to grow and have barely managed to keep it alive as it gets smaller all the time.
Anyway, I have Phals spiking, so I'm excited about that!
So appreciate this - I have signed up for, and started, our local ORCHID JUDGES COURSE - not so much to be a judge, but to learn more - and we are covering Cattleyas for the time being.....am HOOKED!!!!!
A phal and a C. walkeriana semi-alba followed me home yesterday. I also picked up another of those black plastic annual-pot 6-hole holders...that means I now have more room. Uh-oh.
But when I do go to the show in January, I'm targeting one specific plant: C. Jose Marti 'Mother's Favorite'. It's a big white showy fragrant cross between Bow Bells and Bob Betts and seems to be rather thin on the ground.