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My fav. Leopard Prince

This is a discussion on My fav. Leopard Prince within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by lja IWhile the orchids at those stores out in our neck of ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    IWhile the orchids at those stores out in our neck of the woods are pretty much kaka, !
    Louis, If they don't look kaka when they come in...just give them a couple of weeks in the stores care...then they are definately kaka !!
    Tracy,
    Beautiful orchid and picture...we are soooo jealous of your finds !
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    Thanks Gilda! Phal - I have been lucky- I visit 3-4 different stores every once in a while . Sometimes you can get real lucky and find 2 seperate plants in one pot.

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    My only HD recommendation (which I follow for every new orchid coming into the house) is, repot and check out the roots. I've found healthy, rotted and dessicated roots at different times and treated the plant appropriately.

    I have so many friends that by HD orchids to only have them die on them a month or two later. It's so discouraging. Some are potted in dirt or broken down media, and some haven't been watered in a month or more.

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    Louis,

    I'm glad to hear of your attitude toward HD, etc. I have never bought a plant from them, but I *always* go and look at their orchids whenever I stop in. Indeed, I have been known to drop in for a visit for ONLY THAT PURPOSE! LOL

    Cheers,

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    Julie is right... I have received a couple of gifts that I later figured out came from HD, and the potting mix was so bad the bark had actually degraded to dirt. As many of the orchid growing basic books mention, most of these large wholesale growers (which are usually from South Florida/Homestead area) just top off the mix with a sprinkling of fresh media, or cover it up with some decorative moss. This is why they die on many of the unexperienced growers who pick them up as their first orchid.

    Rob- I do the same. I'm in HD frequently because I always have some home project going, so I always browse the plant section. I do occasionally see some nice plants. Recently I've saw a beautiful Oncidium Sharry Baby...almost bought it but I have one already and had no place to put it. Also saw a gorgeous dendrobium, I think it was Den. Emma Jade? I've only picked up one plant there myself (excluding the Phal. gifts), it was a very unusual antelope type dendrobium hybrid (unlabeled) with a yellowish orange color (see picture attached). Unfortunately, it is on its last leg, at no fault but my own...I was new to dens, didn't let it dry out enough this winter, and it dropped ALL its leaves and by the time I understood what the cause was, most of the canes had started to go too. I've manage to save two very small canes, one of which is putting out a tiny little spike now (after being totally dry for 2-3 months.) I hope I can save this little guy and get him producing a new growth, I just love the color of this orchid.

    At any rate, very interesting thread.

    And I agree with everyone else, the spotting on this leopard Phal is fantastic.

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    These are some orchids I've bought, all are doing great. I have no idea what the names are (except for the ground orchid), but they sure are pretty. I just bought a double plant (Phal) the other day & although it looked wilted, I watered it for 2 days straight & now is ok
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    Valerie,

    What's the orange mini-catt in the bottom of the photo? That's quite a looker.

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    Val,

    That is a very nice display. Thanks for sharing all your plants.

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    I was wondering what the orange catt. was too, it is a very distinguished color.

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    Thanks
    The orange one is a Laelia Cattleya "Trick or Treat". I think I was quite lucky to find it in bud & in excellent health! It's fully bloomed now & really stands out among all my pinks & purples
    Valerie
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