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I think what must be considered is the growing conditions these orchid have been raised in that allow them to bloom as long or as continuously as everyone has stated ..
I am sure there are some that wouldn't do as well for me in front of a window of western exposure indoors in the Northeast ...
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Good idea D. My ellipticum gets full sun (south window) all year (if the sun is out ) and watered 2-3 times per week. I water and fertilize at same time every watering. I use 125ppm Nitrogen MSU formula in RO water to water. I often spritz the top of the bark mix with straight RO water to get all the salts off. The plant I showed is in a 2.5" pot and has been there for two years. It would be a champ for you Dorothy in a west window.
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Oooh. I love those colors!
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If you are looking for an everblooming orchid there are no such thing, but things that are very very close. For instance any Psychopsis (In the Oncidium Alliance) is a single flowered sequential bloomer. Only a few weeks downtime every few month and a slight winter rest. My fav is Psychopsis Kalihi (papilio X kramerianum) The cross has much larger flowers than either parent. For a dendrobiums, I like Dend Nora Tokunaga(atroviolacium pygmy X rhodostrictum). Roy tokunaga made this cross and the parents bloom at diff times of the year, the cross blooms year round, grows year round and is almost never is without a cluster of flowers.
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My little Restrepia striata has been in nearly constant bloom since I brought it home in May. . .lovely flowers that bob in the wind and look like little flying insects.

I've read that these are nearly ever blooming. It's a great plant.
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Oh Gwen, I forgot about the Restrepia. It is such a tiny little thing. I have a Brachypus that I brought home in April and it has never stopped blooming.
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I'd go with the psychopsis or phal. equestris (although the psychopsis doesn't like being disturbed so i think it is best to mount it so you can leave it alone as much as possible)
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I would think any of the cochlopetalum section would be a great choice.
My particular favorite is paphiopedilum moquetteanum.
Mine has been blooming for a long time, the blooms last for a month or so. Then another bloom opens up soon after the previous one falls off. Not a true everblooming but close to what you may be looking for!
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I really need to get my hands on some paphs. But can never seem to find anything nice under $25. Paphs would be great for me as long as they have attractive leaves. Since none of my plants like to bloom attractive folliage is important.
Recently acquired a Phal. schilleriana that has lovely silver mottled leaves. The seller also said that it was a frequent bloomer. Of course he also said it was a healthy plant. I'm thinking I won't see any flowers for at least eighteen months or more.

Keep the great ideas coming all.

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Another one that is just about everblooming, in the sense that the blooms that you do get last for months. . .is Dendrobium cuthbertsonii.

I bought mine from Andy's Orchids back in May (already in bloom) and they show no signs of fading.

But this one is harder to grow. . .needs cool conditions and bright light.

But if you can pull off the growing conditions, these are fantastic and one of my top faves.
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I really need to get my hands on some paphs. But can never seem to find anything nice under $25. Paphs would be great for me as long as they have attractive leaves. Since none of my plants like to bloom attractive folliage is important.
Recently acquired a Phal. schilleriana that has lovely silver mottled leaves. The seller also said that it was a frequent bloomer. Of course he also said it was a healthy plant. I'm thinking I won't see any flowers for at least eighteen months or more.

Keep the great ideas coming all.

AaronM

I found two mottled leaf paphs at our local garden center on the sale table for half off. They didn't have tags or blooms. But I think I got them for about 15.00 each. Mine are growing like weeds but haven't bloomed yet. . .so they're still mystery plants.

Soooo. . .check out the sale areas near you!
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