01-09-2013, 06:17 PM
Join Date: Nov 2012
I already introduced myself in another section of the site but I figured I would introduce myself here where I'll be spending most of my time.
I'm a casual home grower with very little cash lol. So I mainly have NOID phals. They are cheap and plentiful here.
I plan on some more species and registered hybrids in the future. But I will continue to have mainly NOIDs I think.
It's hard not to!
Anyhow. As far as phals go so far I've only got 4 that aren't NOIDs. An amabillis that was given as a gift.... sort of. A blue lip equestris. As well as an orange and an aurea equestris.
One more thing. I'm new to this.
About 3 years ago a horribly abused phal, that I got at a memorial around 2 years before, bloomed for me. I hardly watered it, and had it planted in miracle gro soil. But it bloomed and grew for me.
That in turn inspired me to rescue a bloomed out phal from behind Trader Joe's. Or rather accept it as a gift from someone who rescued it from the dumpster behind the store.
That phal had a tag that said amabillis.
After receiving that plant I felt further inspired to actually research the care for phal orchids. And was immediately horrified at my mistreatment of these plants.
A huge re-potting was in order. Orchids were re-potted into bark medium in pots with air flow.
After that I started a more.... consistent watering schedule. About a year ago the little effort I put towards proper care was rewarded with 3 spikes for each of the memorial phals and a single spike on the amabillis.
My fiance tried to be funny and karate chop me and removed the spike off the amabillis instead.
After that I figured that the orchids were doing well enough that I should treat them right. I started a fertiliser regime and switched to a more pure water.
The memorial phals bloomed 3 more times that year, and all the phals put out tons of new roots and several new leaves.
Which in turn encouraged me to look into the world of orchids.
So. Around last August I thought. Hey, this is going well enough why don't I go get a few more of the $10 phals from one of the stores around here. Which I did.
Which leads me to today.
I've made two um.... Orchid buying trips since that realisation and one online order. The first trip was mainly me buying other types of orchids to see how they fare under my care.
The second trip was entirely phal focused.
The online orders were the equestris.
Now, after that long winded introduction, I would like to share my measly NOID phal collection with you all.
The amabillis btw.... I still haven't seen bloom. In the three years I've owned it.
So I'm not actually sure if it's an amabillis. I've only got the trash to go off of. It's sent up two spikes this year though. One off the spike that was karate chopped in half last year.
Last edited by Ordphien; 01-09-2013 at 06:26 PM..