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Orchids forum: Orchid Recommendations, Tried and True

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Feb 8, 2010 2:02 PM CST
Lots of people ask me what are my best orchids to grow. Here is a place for all to voice their opinions. What orchid can't you live without and why?

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Feb 8, 2010 4:34 PM CST
The pic is my Dendrobium Nora Tokunaga. This plant blooms all through fall and winter and into spring. It has been very reliable each year. I bought it at an orchid show a few years ago. It is a wonder.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 9, 2010 9:49 PM CST
I also recommend the reed stem epidendrums. They always seem to be in bloom.

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Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 9, 2010 9:54 PM CST
And the cool flowers. Most are orange-colored but I also have this nice pink one. They grow wild from South Carolina to Argentina! Great for beginners.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Mar 10, 2010 10:06 AM CST
Hmmm, I'm going to have to do some research on Laura Tokunaga. So far, I've had good luck with Dens, but the ones that get really large are going have to learn to live outside year round.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 10, 2010 2:37 PM CST
It's Nora. And she's only about 10" high.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Mar 10, 2010 3:07 PM CST
Thanks! I'm still toying with the idea of going to Santa Barbra this comming weekend for the big show there. it's about a 2 1/2 hr drive, but so far, no rain is predicted. Whistling
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 10, 2010 3:12 PM CST
Oh how I wish I could go!! You are so lucky. To me that would be heaven!! I get those big gorgeous postcards from them about shows and I sigh a lot. No matter how small my order, the shipping is $20 minimum from them. So I try to only break down once a year!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Mar 10, 2010 3:38 PM CST
SBOE has some beautiful plants, but they are a bit pricey, and at the last show I went to, they had nothing in 4" pots. I can't see spending the money on large plants that may not survive my conditions, so I haven't bought from them...yet. There are supposed to be 70 vendors there, so we shall see....
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 10, 2010 3:45 PM CST
70!! OMG!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Mar 10, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Sorry, I should have said 70 exibitors. http://www.sborchidshow.com/show_overview.html Had you going there,huh? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Mar 10, 2010 5:39 PM CST
I can't imagine 70 exhibitors either! Sounds like a 2 day event!
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Cactus and Succulents Orchids Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Mar 10, 2010 5:49 PM CST

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Carol,
I think it is a lot easier to start out with a larger, healthy plant than trying to baby a smallish plant/division or seedling until it finally, maybe blooms a few years from now. I would rather pay the extra bucks and start out with a good blooming (- size ) plant, honestly!
Just my 2 scents.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Mar 10, 2010 6:46 PM CST
Ursula, If I had your set up I would! So far, I have had good luck with buying from reputable vendors and buying small plants in bloom. I also try to avoid plants that aren't "temp. tolerant", or that need very high humidity. I also try to buy from local growers, if possible, another reason I haven't bought from SBOE. They claim to grow their Cats and Dens outside, year round. They are a block from the ocean...I'm 10 miles inland. Lot of difference in climate! Andy's and Sunset Valley are an hour south of me and about the same distance from the ocean as I am.
I didn't have time for orchids until I retired a year and a half ago. Now I have nothing but time, so I can baby them along.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Cactus and Succulents Orchids Region: New Jersey
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Ursula
Mar 11, 2010 7:31 AM CST

Moderator

Ok. I hear you.
It's not that I don't have a whole group of tiny plants myself, which I am babying along. Hopefully I see them blooming before I kick the bucket. Smiling
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
Charter ATP Member Hummingbirder Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Orchids Region: California
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ctcarol
Mar 11, 2010 1:53 PM CST
I agree
Name: Janice
USA
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sandnsea2
Nov 17, 2010 3:57 PM CST
As of now, I would say I don't want to ever be without Paphs. Some varieties bloom for many months at a time...far longer than most orchids I have seen. Also I am getting rebudding now on alot of them.

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