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Hello from Alaska

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by WanderingBob, Aug 16, 2022.

  1. WanderingBob

    WanderingBob New Member

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    Hi Group,
    Decades ago, I had about 200 orchids. A couple of showy phals, cats and dendrobs, but mainly grew smaller micro and species plants from all over. Neighbors used to laugh at me when I took them for daily "walks", outside in the morning, back in the house at night during spring and fall. Ha!
    Moving here, I ended up with about 20 showy orchids grown in windows. I took a trip to Asia for about 3 months SCUBA diving. Great trip, but my heat went in the upstairs and lost them all. Grrr.
    That was about 2 years ago and recently, got the bug again. I have about 8, but am having difficulty finding growers that send quality plants. Mostly, I have received, plants with dead roots and no roots. Most are turning the corner to good health, although suffering major setbacks.
    Look forward to learning who your favorite growers are and learning things I have forgotten along the way.
    Wandering Bob
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum!
     
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    When I lived in N.Dakota, I had the same problems and it was difficult to keep the plants alive at times. Between -40 degrees F temps and no humidity, some of my 50 orchids didn't make it. I devised a growing area next to my furnace in the basement with grow lights above and 2 humidifiers working full-time. It was successful for the most part. My plants on display on the main floor of our house also had humidifiers centrally located in both the living room and kitchen.

    I live in a hot and humid (too hot and humid for me) climate now in Chiang Mai Thailand, and the orchids love it. Very easy to grow the plants with almost 100% success!

    Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your plants. Greg.
     
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    Greg. I sure love Thailand and have been to Chiang Mai, was on a qucik tour. Am considering Khao Lak as there's diving there. But, in the north is much cheaper and the people are much more friendly. Khao Lak would be a fairly quick hop on a plane.
    Thanks,
    Bob