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Old 02-12-2018, 03:36 PM
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What size orchids do you usually buy?

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Originally Posted by Leafmite View Post
Exactly. The same is happening to roses and even some other types of flowers. These flowers are only judged on appearance so the fragrance is often lost.
The people in the rose society here are surprised when I tell them I won't plant a rose without strong scent. They only care about winning ribbons in the spring show. Scent isn't even considered.
It's a dry heat.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:44 PM
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My dad's hobby, for over fifty years, has been tea/floribunda roses and, like you, he won't buy them unless they have a strong fragrance.

Buying young orchids (not clones but species), as fond of them as I am, is becoming a real gamble. I have gotten species orchids that should be strongly fragrant as seedlings, raised them for a few years until maturity, then three or four blooming seasons later, realized that there is just not going to be a fragrance. It is very frustrating. I have started over with a Angraecum magdalenae. My first, bought from the old Oak Hill Garden, bloomed twice a year and was very fragrant during the day and even more so at night...just as it should be. We shall see about this one.

It is to the point where, though I love raising the small seedlings, I almost feel I should do what many others do and buy the mature orchids, in bloom, so I can make certain that they are just what I want them to be.
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Old 03-24-2018, 04:47 PM
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What size orchids do you usually buy? Female

I'd rather buy one mature plant to 10 little juvenile plants any day. With a big one, it is well established, and I know what I am getting. I am not interested in having 100's of plants, just a few really good ones.
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