Originally Posted by RJSquirrel
I see 2 distinct groups..The Scientific people and the Grocery Store 10 dollar orchid people like me. I don't know about others, but I'm already seeing the noses being turning up on my kind and I think thats very unfair bec its all love we give them whether its awarded or been a noided.
You should not feel like that. There are lots of people here (including me) with loads of NoID's we just love
. I think I'm in between the two. I don't think the groups are actually so distinct.
A good 80% of my orchids are NoIDs and I'm so excited as many of the Phals are spiking just now and I can't wait to see them flower again
But at the same there is (at least here in the UK) a limit to the variety available as Grocery Store orchids. When I look arround the grocery store ones now (I always
have to look even if I don't buy) I don't see anything of interest because I've pretty much got most colour combinations of Phal you can find at grocery stores. I will still pick up the odd one with when I see an ocasional one in very different colours to any of mine and I'm still on the lookout for a good harlequin, which I would buy as a NoID if I see a good looking one.
... so now I favour those I can get on-line and I have started to find knowing the name and thus the parantage to be important to my understanding of why they look like they do. There is a whole world of Phals (just to pick one genera) when you start looking at species and primary hybrids, that you would never see in grocery store ones. That does not make the grocery store ones worth less to me than the ones I get online. It just adds a whole world of extra interest.
So to answer the original question. I think the value of a collection is almost entirely in the enjoyment the owner can get from it. No point owning an orchid worth loads of money if you hate the sight of it in my opinion. If you fall in love with a NoID then it is worth far more to your enjoyment than a tagged one that you are not so keen on.
I buy both, but having limited money I would rather save it for something interesting from an online grower or when I visit a grower... but I still grab those discount rack ones when there is something I fall in love with.