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Old 09-20-2021, 12:49 PM
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I am YetAnotherOrchidNut, Canadian expat based in Amsterdam. I have been growing orchids for the last 15 years, most of the time not well. Thankfully the internet has changed that. :-)

Amsterdam has a very plentiful supply of no-id orchids, phals, oncidium alliance, and dens are available in the grocery stores, one chain, "Albert Heijn" often sells two for 8 euros or other loss leader sales. So I have a dozen or so of those. (They sell them so cheap people throw them out after they bloom!). I try to focus on ID plant nowadays, but every now and then I am in the shop and I see one I just have to "save" from the garbage heap. :-)

At some point I purchased a no ID Cattleya and got the bug for more serious orchids, and through various context got exposed to growing them from seedlings or clones, which I have obtained from various suppliers in Asia and Europe along of course with a selection of adult ID species and hybrids that I have purchased online. Lately my interest has been towards species Phals, but i have an eclectic taste and own a bunch of different types. My current count is probably close to 80 plants I guess, although some of them are seedling size (second decantation or so).

I don't claim to be an expert, I have killed a lot of plants in my time, I am just learning still, although i have managed to keep most alive and even sometimes thriving. I have been putting a fair bit of effort in and I have an engineers mind so I tend to test and measure when I have the time. I have tried experimenting with semi-hydro but for my lifestyle found that bark and other normal soil additives produce much better results and recently migrated all of my SH back to bark, and now everyone involved is much happier. :-)

I have in the last year been very influenced by the user here_butnot. I find his collection of orchid postings to be one of the more useful around. Reading his stuff has definitely upped my game. No I don't know him, but he is one of the few people active I have encountered who seems to think like I do. I probably wouldn't be posting this if it weren't for him I guess. I was very pleased to see he is a member here. Check him out.

Looking forward to learning more from the folks here, I have over the years read the site many times but never felt up to joining the fray directly. Thanks for having me.
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Old 09-20-2021, 01:09 PM
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Love the name, but right now I am giving you a nick name "yaon", hahaha

And, no matter how many years you say you have been growing orchids, some of us are going to test your abilities !!!!! But I promise you will have fun.

WELCOME!!!
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Old 09-20-2021, 01:48 PM
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Love the name, but right now I am giving you a nick name "yaon", hahaha

And, no matter how many years you say you have been growing orchids, some of us are going to test your abilities !!!!! But I promise you will have fun.

WELCOME!!!
Looking forward to it. Ill just say that watching my Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim go from a test tube to a meter high over several years and then later to the garbage can in shockingly fast time has taught me that I have much much to learn. I really thought I might be the first guy to grow one in his living room in Amsterdam. But alas...
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Welcome to OrchidBoard!! Those Albert Heijn Phals are like candy, aren't they?
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Well put. Yeah. Like candy. :-) I like that occasionally they sneak in a few oncidium types, or dens as well.
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so, random thought (hello, btw, and welcome!). anyways, have you caught wind of this trend in getting down on peeps referring to themselves as expats?? perhaps it’s a reddit thing, or everyone being so pc these days, but i just recently learned of this as i have been calling myself an american expat for years. now apparently that makes me elitist and instead i am an immigrant. so, fellow immigrant, or expat, or whatever, best of luck with your seedlings!

i try to get over to a-dam every chance i get, so maybe ill send a pm the next time we are museum hopping...
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