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#202100 - 07/23/09 03:18 PM back into orchids!
orchidlurker Offline
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Registered: 05/13/03
Posts: 8
Loc: Mt. View, Big Island of Hawaii
Gotta boast:

I sold all my orchids about 4 years ago, and have moved more than a dozen times since. But I've finally settled down and was thinking of acquiring a few new orchids...

And last night, I did! Dining at a friend's house, she mentioned her neighbor had offered to let her take some orchids another person had tossed in her mulch pile. We went over to take a look, and there were hundreds!

We filled the back of her pickup truck, choosing by headlights because it was fully dark. My greed was only overcome by my friend's desire to quit; there were tons of orchids left. I told her that some people would KILL for this opportunity--I was thinking of you guys!

My share includes about a dozen Colmanara Wildcats in bloom or spike, plus maybe 70 more plants. All were potless NOIDs, mostly from 4" pots, some as large as 12" pots. I think they're all oncidium alliance, but time will tell!


#202104 - 07/23/09 03:40 PM Re: back into orchids! [Re: orchidlurker]
Rich Offline

Registered: 05/09/03
Posts: 20547
Loc: .....once Upon a Time
Great, maybe.
What reason caused hundreds of orchids to be tossed in such caviler fashion?
I'd check for bugs & infections; fungal, bacterial, and especially viral. mad
Blessed are those who can give without remembering
And take without forgetting.

#202132 - 07/23/09 07:00 PM Re: back into orchids! [Re: Rich]
Sandy in Houston Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 1428
Loc: Houston Tx.
Umm, other reasons could be a divorce, illness, advanced age, or death of spouse. Moving to a new state or out of the country could be another reason---or just tired of the work. Does not have to be bugs etc.

#202170 - 07/23/09 09:33 PM Re: back into orchids! [Re: Sandy in Houston]
abaxter Offline
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Registered: 07/10/03
Posts: 10342
Loc: KY
I hope it's a GREAT score, lurker! It'll be fun to see what's there and
there's always Orthene if they have some undesirable critters. You ended up in a niiiiice place for orchid growing. grin

#202496 - 07/26/09 11:44 AM Re: back into orchids! [Re: abaxter]
orchidlurker Offline
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Registered: 05/13/03
Posts: 8
Loc: Mt. View, Big Island of Hawaii
Came the dawn, and there are spots before my eyes. On the leaves. So I think there's a fungal problem (unless wildcats have spotted leaves, she said wistfully). I've got them sequestered in a cool, dry place (coolish, dryish, anyway) and will get fungicide next time I go to town.

Once they're cleaned up, I'm going to mount them on trees and try some rock plantings.



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