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Help Me Choose My Next Orchid Purchase

Discussion in 'Everything Else Orchid' started by Dave The Scientist, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Dave The Scientist

    Dave The Scientist Active Member

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    Sorry, Carkin. Jewels and terrestrials in general do nothing for me.
     
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    Tom-DE Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    That is nonsense! Some species might do better on mount but they also can grow in pot. If you have the condition to grow them and know what to do, there is no problem to unmount them and grow them in pot. Who is this expert/commercial grower?
     
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    This was one of the owners of Little Brook Orchids in Lancaster PA. I think you misunderstood me. I wasn't talking about the ability to grow a species in different ways, it's obvious that many species can be grown in a number of ways, mounted, in baskets, pots, semi-hydro etc. What he was referring to is the physical trama to the roots that can result from unmounting a plant from a mount it has grown into. I imagine it also matters what a plant is mounted to. Unmounting a plant from EpiWeb/EcoWeb/Hygrolon/Aquamat or tree fern will obviously cause more damage than unmounting from a cedar shingle.
     
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    You don't have to worry about those artificial materials. Andy doesn't use them and he hardly use any tree fern product. however, no mater what the mounting material is, it is going to have some damage on the roots when you pull it off the mount but that should not be a big problem to reestablish the plant in a pot.
    FYI, a vendor is not necessary a good grower or knowledgeable. Many of them just doing the buying and selling,....
     
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    Good to know.
     
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    Hey Dave, I'd suggest Dendrobium kingianum and Paphiopedilum delenatii (despite your general dislike for Paphs). Both are compact, nicely fragrant, and fairly tolerant of less than optimal culture, as well as IMO looking very nice in or out of bloom. They're also both common enough you shouldn't have trouble finding them well within your budget.
     
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    Ricardo Slave of demanding bird

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    There are a number of Dendrobium species that might be worth a try. Dendrobium parishii is delightfully fragrant and most plants that I have seen are fairly small, none had canes larger than 1 foot. Dendrobium primulinum is also very nice.
     
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    Sorry, Dave they are all gone for now.
     
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    I just got a job offer (YEEEEH)and I have another interview on Tuesday for a different job (two interviews in 6 day after none for months, it never rains but it pours) so I am going to moving regardless so I think I am going to hold off buying any orchids for a few weeks until I get settled into my new apartment. I'll post what my new growing conditions are when I figure them out.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Excellent. Congratulations. Where and what?
     
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    Lab Technican position at Becton Dickenson in Sparks.
     
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    Sparks MD not Spark NV
     
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    Having finally moved into my new apartment, I quickly realized the light from the windows was not going to cut it for growing due to a large overhang so I went ahead and invested in a 4 4ft tube T5 fixture with 6500K bulbs. So I took some of your advice and I bought a Maxillaria tenufolia and a Phalaenopsis equestris. I also went out on a limb and tried a Bulbophyllum sikkimense, a Gastrochilus bellinus, a Cattleya luteola,and a Hygrochilus (syn. Vandopsis) parishii v. marrotiana. The best part is I didn't spend more than $15 on any of them and some where a good deal less than that. I am still looking for a Den cuthbertsonii and a Lepenthes telipogoniflora( for the terrarium) at a reasonable price so if anyone knows a source or has a divison that they could part with, I would love to know.