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  1. Plantman

    Plantman New Member

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    Hi, I'm Michael Morales LLuch, live in NYC but travel back & forth to Puerto Rico to the NE Coast by the rain forest, by the town of Fajardo.

    My aged parents reside in Puerto Rico are in need of care (Alzheimer) and my sister & I are here to help with their care. We both live in NYC, take turn alternating every 2-3 month exchanging between NYC & PR. I've been here the last 2 years and will continue to transit and provide for their care. Retired 3 years and will eventually settle here.

    Growing plants since I was 3, been orchids most of my life, my grandmother grow mostly epidendrums, Cattleya and equitant Oncidums on tree's in the yard and got hooked.

    The tropical, rain forest climate of the area allows me to grow mostly warm growing plants. I'm about 2 miles from the North coast about 200 feet elevation.

    Growing in PR mostly Cattleya, Angraecum, Aerangis, Oncidum, Dendribum, Encyclia, Dendrochilums and a few terrestials.

    Grow mostly species but also have hybrids, mostly monocots: Aroids; Marantas, Palms, Orchids, epiphitic cacti, Clivias, Grasses, Citrus, Bonsai, Ferns and South African Succulents, Euphoria

    Been to 8 World Orchid Conference and Past President of the Manhattan Orchid Society.

    My email is MicMorales@Aol.com Michael
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hello Michael, and welcome to OI. I look forward to seeing some of your plants posted here.
  3. Ricardo

    Ricardo mostly harmless

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    Welcome to the forum. There are many orchid grower groups in the island. They fall roughly in two groups; The traditional orchid growing societies, which is composed mainly of older folks and the Internet groups, which has mostly young people of the facebook crowd. Both are very welcoming except for the fact that the younger ones seem to be not too fond of traditional orchid group meetings and meet only a few times a year, the rest of the time they chat throught the internet.
  4. Plantman

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    Hi, know you from your notes, pictures exchanges with Richard Ho, who I know and miss. Where are you in the island? I'm in Fajardo for now. Michael
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    Ricardo mostly harmless

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    I live in the interior of the island, in the Rio Abajo forest, near Utuado.
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hello, Michael. I believe we met in NY many years ago. I'm Marni Turkel. Welcome to the forum.
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    Hi Marni, So wonderful to be reconnected. Your pots are the best I've owned, loved by all who see them! My email is MicMorales@aol.com
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    Michael,glad to "see" you after all these years.I don't know if you remember me,my name is Spiro Kasomenakis. Retired already? at such a young age? Lucky you.
    Take care .
    Spiro
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    Hi Spiro, Retired 3 years ago and having fun. I stay here in PR for 2-4 months then go back to NYC for a week or two then go somewhere else before returning to PR. Been to Spain, Portugal, Canary Islands, Ibiza, N & S Carolinas, Atlanta, Key West, Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Charlotte, California, Texas and Washington DC. Keeping busy.....

    Still in contact with Elena & a few other Manhattanites, went to the Christmas Party at MOS. Where are you living now? Will be in PR until June then back to NYC.

    TO see most of my pictures go to facebook, Michael Angel Morales LLuch Michael
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    ZWUM Bulbophiliac Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forum Michael! Love the pics of your grow space in your other thread!

    -Zach
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    Ricardo, will you be coming to the Orchid show this weekend in Fajardo? Let me know so we can arrange to meet. I believe it opens on Thursday and will end on Sunday. My email is GWHM@aol.com or call me at home 787 801 21 81 or on my cell 917 280 9381
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    Sadly I wont be going to Fajardo. Sometimes I have to work on weekends and this next week end I will be at work. I hope eventually we can meet at one of the island shows.
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    Taking care of my mother limits my movements, I don't get to go out too often nor very far, not being a driver makes getting around difficult but I always manage. Will be in PR until July or Aug then back to NYC for a few weeks, then going to California or Seattle.

    Back here for Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Years if I decide to visit family in Europe for the holidays.

    Wanted to go to Spice Park Show in Miami but can not leave my mother alone. ADORE Being there, it's so much fun!!!!

    My phone is 787 801 2181, cell 917 280 9381.Michael
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    Hello Michael.

    :D
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    Hi Noioi, What do you grow & Where are you? 3 days of Rains, what can I expect from being in the path to the Rainforest! LOL At least I don't have to water! Michael