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This is a discussion on NYC Inter. Orchid Show PICS Here within the Orchid Shows and Society Meetings forums, part of the TalkTalk category; Tind-O! Well, it looks like the ladie sof this forum have given you very sound ...
Well, it looks like the ladie sof this forum have given you very sound advices already. I don't have much to add except a few things. For example, if you really want a very choice plant, something that catches your fancy but it is rarely available and expensive, what would you do? I got this problem a lot since the plants that I really want these days are not readily available. For example, a blooming size Paph Prince Edward of York, or a blooming size Paph sanderianum, or a blooming size Paph Angel Hair? The prices for these plants have come down a lot but are still very expensive when compared with other orchids. Then there is the problem of parentage as well since if you are going to plunk down many hundreds of dollars, you simply want the best or next to the best there is out there. So just do more research, the internet, talking to people, and don't rush. I sit on the impulse for months, poking around until I am certain of the plant(s). I have to say this, in the paph world, there are so many terrible vendors out there. I got burned buying paphs more than anything else so far! They make all kind of mistakes and often the plants you got are tiny seedlings!
Sometimes you won't learn or know if you have not gone through the experiences. So mistakes could teach you a few things as well!
Thanks Hoa for the words of warning! I appreciate it. Coming back from the show I realized how much of a novice I really am. I bought two phals without asking what their names were. When I come home is when I realized they were Dtps.'s , oh well those are just as good to someone so wet behind the ears like myself.
Also, the pink one was missing a flower, which I didnt realize at the vendor's table. Im sure she was aware of it though. I doubt its of much consequence anyway, but had I bothered to inspect the plant closely I would not have bought it. Then there were people trying to sell me plants just cuase them smell good, I'm glad i couldnt smell a thing! HHAHAA! Otherwise I would be really pooor today.
So yea, there is alot to look for. Another example is that I didnt pay attention to how the plants were potted, I know, I was bad.