Nicely done, Kerry! I've been known to grovel at store owners over the last plant and it's price.
It looks like pure Phalaenopsis equestris. Check this link: Phalaenopsis equestris
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This is a discussion on Bargain Cute NoID - is it a species? within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; ...
I had a momentary lapse in my "not buying any more plants" self imposed ban. You see it all started with my Dad coming home from the supermarket with this really cute little phal for my Mum. I went and had a look, they had more, but they were £9.99 and I was banned from buying any more. Also, because it was so small, I kind of thought it should cost less!
Every few days on my way home from the station, I'd pop in and see if they were still there.. Maybe when there was only one left I'd get the overwhelming panic and have to buy impulse that would override the sensible Kerry trying desperately to hold on.
Then one day when I was in there with Tom, I notice that there was a red reduced sticker on one of them, it was down from £9.99 to £6.99. There were three left, and the reduced one was going out of date, but it only had one spike, and the third one (with the latest expiry date - 17/04/07) had three (woohoo). Tom suggested gently that I come back in on the 16th and see if they had knocked down the price for the 3 spike one. So I went in every day to make sure it hadn't sold. until, on the 15th there was only my one left. on the 16th - still not reduced. On the 17th - still not reduced! (beginning to panic) On the 18th I went in ( it must be reduced now!) but shock horror no!
So I picked it up and thought brave thoughts and took it over to customer services and explained ever so nicely that I really liked this plant, last one there, out of date, could they reduce it please? So they called over the member of staff looking after the section. Oh no Madam, we can't do that, it's out of date, I can't sell anything that's out of date, it must have been missed as they checked the plants. Oh please I begged (not quite on my knees) I REALLY like it, and it's the only one there, I don't mind that it's out of date, I won't tell. So he hummed and he hawed and he took out his sticker machine and said We'll just pretend it's label fell off! So he gave me my plant with it's new red sticker and I thanked him profusely and wandered off to the checkout. As I went I looked at the price on the sticker, and he had reduced it to 99p! What a bargain! For that price it doesn't even count as a purchase!!!!!
I have no idea what the parentage of this plant is, but the form of the blooms, makes me think it is closer to a species than some hybrids - but maybe it has been hybridised so much it has come back around!
So here's my little cutie, the third spike is hiding behind the leaves - and I know, the buds on the two unbloomed spikes will probably blast horribly:
To give you an idea of the size of the plant, here it is next to my Baldan's Kaleidoscope:
And a close up of a flower:
Do you know, I think I love it!
That's what I call a bargain! I would really be prepared to grovel at that price! Judi
Thanks for the link too - that's one of the sites that I have been staring at.
You can usually get what you want if you whine and beg enough. Worked the other day for me although it took 5 years of whimpering. My friend, an accomplished artist, has a painting that I just loved, he said that there would never be prints made of it but I wore him down and got my print a couple of weeks ago, YEA!!!
That is a beautiful phal! Nice!
Hats off to you Kerry for your persistence! It really paid off; what a steal! The plant is absolutely charming. Equestris is one of my favorites.
Yes, it does look a LOT like equestris. I currenly have three of them, all from keikis. Apparently this species produces them in spades. Actually, I recently got an equestris keiki off ebay that had produced its OWN keiki off of its OWN spike while still attached to the mother plant!!!!!
Although it COULD be a species, without a tag it would be VERY difficult to say for certain. It could just be a hybrid that is VERY influences by the equestris genes too. None the less, it is still a very lovely plant at a nearly perfect price.
Good job on getting this bargain! (who doesn't love a bargain). You can see from all that branching what kind of a show you should get with full bloom!
I am green with envy! It's a fantastic, little Phal and you just can't beat that price!
Can I ask where you got your Baldan's Kaleidoscope from? Everyone has one and I'm feeling left out.