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Expanding my collection

This is a discussion on Expanding my collection within the OrchidTalk Members Grow Area - Photos forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi folks, I wanted to expand my collection of orchids, so set about looking for ...

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    Hi folks,

    I wanted to expand my collection of orchids, so set about looking for bargain ones, I wanted to do it as cheaply as I can.

    After checking the shops I found three in flower at five pounds each, the flowers were looking a bit sad, but I bought them and after a bit of drying out and care they soon perked up.

    I then happened to visit my local ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- where prices were ten pounds or more each, then I looked down on the floor below the display and saw these fellows dumped and going for one pound each.

    I had five of them and set to work rehabilitating them and dabbing them with keiki paste, to increase their number, now my efforts seem to have paid off, it did not take long for these keikis to show.


    However there is one which concerns me, it looks very healthy and produces a keiki But it has no crown, it was rotted when I got it, what can I expect, just the keiki or will the crown grow again?

    please advise.

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    Hi guyos congrats very nice stuff well the first photo is not keiki it's flower bud take care, once they got crown rots usually it wont recover however it will produce keiki at the base of the mother plant, base on my observation.

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    Hi there G: well done for finding plants at £1!

    Now then, you speak of crown rot in a 5th plant- I take it that plant is not in any of these 4 photos, all of which are nice and healthy and developing well. It will great to see them when they bloom again.

    One point if I may: the spikes show somewhat random cutting- unnecessarily far above the nodes, but in the 3rd photo rather too close to the node for comfort... so like I say a bit random. When you cut a spike, cut one small finger-width above a node, no less. (Phals are tough and forgiving and will usually thrive whatever we do and so I love 'em! But it is good practice to be on the safe side.)

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    Hi there, nice work with the Phals. It depends, if the phal is strong enough it will put out another crown. You can look online for cheaper deals on various orchids species. I'd suggest EU to be the target as one can provide similar climatic conditions and promising blooms. I used to be tempted by deals from Asia but they are more warm growing ones and might not even bloom, I guess. Good luck!

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    Congrats!. The one poubderss are great bargains. I notice that side branches are already sprouting from the old spikes and you'll have a nice show soon.

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    Thanks for comments & advice, I never knew the length that I should cut the spikes, now I've learnt.

    This is what the crown rot looks like, there is nothing in the middle of the leaf.
    Hope it makes it.

    Pic #1 is a flower bud hope the others are kiekis. Fingers crossed, they are all looking happy.

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    Nice additions! Good luck!

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    Yes, hope they all do well!

    cheers,
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