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Old 10-01-2021, 01:54 PM
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coming back to this thread I do have to admit I am swayed too much by what my orchids are doing at any one time.

If I had to pick a favorite, I don't have one * yet.

I got hooked once I decided I wanted to see what all the different fragrant ones smelt like so that is my ongoing mission which gives me most reward I suppose.


I knew in order to accomplish my mission I had to find better ways than the generic way to grow orchids, for example spraying an orchid daily is just too much work. I still have some I have to spray daily but the aim is to reduce them as much as possible.

Like another grower said any they can pot up and does ok for them is a win.

I am quite proud of some of the things I have discovered and I mentioned recently how big my collection has grown (yet I'd dread to think how much bigger some other people's collection is, I think at some point the collections get so big the growers don't even know themselves anymore.

I am still continuously learning and initially the time it takes to grow them is what put me off but it makes the reward better too. Like a finely aged wine. The best feeling is discovering a new flower spike one day, it's that eureka moment that you have been caring for the plant well. Then waiting for the flowers to open is the agonising part. The flowers are nice, then comes seeing how long they stay open for and trying to get them to stay open for as long as possible.

I've recently even started adding flowers I would never really dream of buying just to see what they smell like

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Old 10-01-2021, 03:32 PM
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There is no right answer for the question, because each of us are "rewarded" by different things, or fall in different places on the scale of instant versus delayed gratification. For me, while I totally understand the reward one feels from getting a challenging orchid to finally bloom, I personally feel much more satisfaction from the easy ones that regularly and reliably spike and bloom under my care. That's why I grow orchids, to enjoy the flowers, and the more often I can do that, the happier I am.

Quite a few years ago, I gave up trying to grow any type of orchid other than Phals in my house. They would grow new leaves, and the roots looked fine, but I could not get them to bloom. I didn't try a lot of different types, but oncidiums, paphs, and catts definitely did not seem to do well for me, so I figured they were trying to tell me something, and they were rehomed.

I now have a modest collection of about twenty Phals (all I have room for), and the most rewarding ones are the ones that bloom beautifully every year, or in some cases, ones that are almost constantly in bloom. There are several that I've had for two to three years that have either never bloomed at all, or were in bloom when purchased but never rebloomed. I will be looking to rehome those, too, if we ever get back to in-person society meetings.

The ones that grow and bloom the best for me are complex hybrid Phals, the winter-spiking type, some from orchid shows, some from Hausermann's, some from local grocery stores. And because they are so often in bloom, they are the most rewarding to me.

This is a fun thread, though, and I've enjoyed reading what it is about growing orchids that brings each of you a feeling of reward.
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...And the best orchids are the ones that flower reliably.

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I'm sure in time I will change my mind once I get more fragrant ones to flower.
Shadeflower, If you don't have any, you need a Nefinetia (Vanda) falcata. The scent can almost give you goosebumps.

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