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Old 08-31-2014, 05:38 PM
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Hey guys, I've been hanging around the board a bit recently, and I can't tell you how much I've learned already. I just wanted to write a quick piece about how I succumbed to my orchid addiction

Growing up, my mom always had orchids around the house, but she, like many people, kept them for the blooms, and thought they had died when the blooms were spent. Once I went off to college, I decided I wanted one, and bought a "teacup orchid" from Kroger, which I promptly killed. A few others I bought barely held on for the several months I had them. I was a chronic under-water-er, because I had read how over-watering was the No. 1 cause of orchid death. Needless to say, my poor plants died of thirst.

I was determined to keep one alive, though, and I started researching orchid care. I didn't realize I had opened Pandora's Box. I just wanted to find a better pot, or better medium. Instead, I learned that what I had known for years as an "orchid" was in fact only one species. I had had no idea that anything other than Phals. existed, and now I needed to know about all these other kinds. I NEEDED to

I went to my first orchid show in February (2014) and got a Hwra. Lava Burst "Puanani," which passed away this week. But since then, I've gotten a DTPS from Hausermann's, a mini NOID Phal. from Trader Joe's, an Oncidium Twinkle "Pink Profusion," a Paph. Olivia "TooGooDoo" x self, and a Zygo. Advance Australia. I've discovered semi-hydroponics, bought a humidity tray, a heat mat, and a portable R/O system.

I guess there really isn't a point to this, except to say that when the orchid bug bit me, it got me HARD. This all happened within the last year. I am so glad to have found this forum, and to find all you wonderful orchid nuts to learn with! <3
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Just enjoyed now reading Reeses pieces! Hop on board!
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And....get thee to thy nearest Orchid Society.
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And....get thee to thy nearest Orchid Society.
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Where you will then amass EVEN MORE orchids.
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Thanks guys! I do know of an Orchid Society near me But I'm slightly afraid I will wind up absolutely buried in orchids!
...Which may not be so bad...
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Also if your Lowe's is like mine where they MARK DOWN THEIR CLEARANCE PLANTS (by which I mean, not just marking them down for clearance, but marking them down AGAIN PAST THAT)... watch out! I came home from Lowe's earlier with two Phals for $1 each!
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