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Name: Karen Schneider
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sidecarr8797
Aug 13, 2015 7:42 AM CST
I know as a rule orchids do not smell but i would like to know if there are any that do and where i would
find them and there names thanks. new to this sight.
Karen
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drdawg
Aug 13, 2015 8:08 AM CST
Hi, Karen, and welcome to ATP.

You, like so many others, have perhaps only been exposed to Phalaenopsis orchids, sold in the big box stores. They typically will have no fragrance. There are actually are some Phal. that are fragrant though. The vast majority of orchids are in fact fragrant, and I have many dozen varieties that are. The Cattleya alliance of orchids are known for fragrance and many other orchid "families" are fragrant as well.
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Name: Karen Schneider
Piedmont sc (Zone 7b)
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sidecarr8797
Aug 13, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Thanks for your quick reply to my question.
any advise on where to look for those type orchids.
Karen Schneider
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tarev
Aug 13, 2015 8:45 AM CST
Hello Karen! Welcome to ATP! I only have three that has fragrance, Zygopetalum, Oncidium 'Sharry Baby', Maxillaria tenuifolia. But there are more out there. Usually I get to see them during orchid shows, or from other online orchid vendors, or if you go to the orchid nurseries directly.

Search for the websites of andysorchids, or seattleorchid, santa barbara orchid estate or try browsing around ebay.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Aug 13, 2015 9:22 AM CST
Karen. you should go to an orchid show or find a grower/vendor in your area or search out your local orchid club. You have no location listed so it limits us as to suggestions. If you are looking for a particular name of a fragrant orchid try Blc. Chia Lin 'New City'. She's about as fragrant as they come and easy to find. This is her picture:
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 13, 2015 10:07 AM CST
It seems y'all sort of discount my Tropical Plants & More. That's too bad Sighing!

Yes, it would help to know your location, Karen. Click on that little "person" on the upper right and then click on "Change Your Public Profile". You can enter your location (and your name if you wish) and then click on "Save Your Changes" at the bottom of the page.
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hawkarica
Aug 13, 2015 11:43 AM CST
Ken, no one is discounting your business. Karen is obviously new to orchids so advising her to check in with local sources to see what does well in her area is solid advise. Once she knows what suits her fancy, perhaps she will want to check into mail order plants.

By the way, the Eurychone rothschildiana I bought from you is about ready for the compost pile. It has slowly declined since arrival, has showed no hint of new growth and I have no idea why. Too bad as I wanted to see that one bloom.

Jim
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Ursula
Aug 13, 2015 11:53 AM CST

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How about also browsing our monthly bloom threads, most of us make a mention if the Orchid is fragrant. I usually do!
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 13, 2015 11:59 AM CST
I hate to hear that, Jim. I don't think I have another one but I will check. Sometimes I put back a variety just to grow it for myself. If I find one, I will ship it to you. Also, if it is available when I place an order in September/October, I will get some (they seem to be popular) and get one to you.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 13, 2015 2:39 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
I have one, Jim. It is mounted on a nice piece of cedar and that's why I missed it. This is the only one I mounted and it has been mounted since last November. Though it doesn't grow much.......duh.......it is growing roots and has new leaves.

I will ship it out next week. Its your birthday present. Thumbs up
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hawkarica
Aug 13, 2015 2:50 PM CST
Thanks, Ken. That sounds great. I wish I knew what caused the demise of the one I have now. It was in a hanging basket, still mounted as it arrived. Phal light and plenty of water. If it was the heat, I can't change that.

Jim
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drdawg
Aug 13, 2015 3:09 PM CST
You are certainly no hotter than I, Jim. Mine is growing under pretty deep shade, under oaks, so there is a measure of coolness there because of the transpiration of the oak trees. That may be an important difference but that's no more than a guess.

Oh, I forgot to post a couple of pictures of the Eurychone.

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Aug 13, 2015 4:03 PM CST
It looks good. Thanks again.

Jim
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drdawg
Aug 13, 2015 4:44 PM CST
Sometimes orchids simply don't do well. Since I have only grown these plants since last summer, and the 9 month old one is the longest I have had one, I wouldn't even venture a cause of your plant's demise. I think everyone deserves a second chance though. Whistling Let's just call this "Paying it forward". I have had plants shipped to me from ATP members, and some of them would not even consider doing a trade or having me pay for even the shipping. There are probably few sites that have the kind of folks that we do here. We are all lucky in that regard. Hurray!

Oh, you are not only getting my last Eurychone but also my last round cedar mount. I think you will like the mount.

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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 15, 2015 2:23 PM CST
I also think it's good advice to send you first to an orchid show, Karen, before you venture into a search for a fragrant orchid. You will get a good idea how very many orchids are available, and how many different perfumes they have. Nothing worse than buying a plant and then discovering you don't really like it's scent. Also, as Jim points out, get to know some growers in your area and what grows well with the light, humidity and temperature conditions you will have.

Btw, it's a great idea to put your approximate location (city, state, or country) into your ATP personal profile so that it appears in the upper right corner of your posts. See mine - Sarasota FL?

Welcome to ATP, and I hope you enjoy chatting with us about your orchids soon! Here's a really fragrant one I have in bloom right now, it's commonly called "Lady of the Night" because it has no scent until it gets dark, but then, oh My! Second one is Prostheca Green Hornet which also has amazing scent, in fact it is so strong, I have to hang it 'way up in the top of my pool cage so it doesn't overwhelm all the other fragrances.

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shadytrake
Aug 15, 2015 7:15 PM CST
Welcome! This link is a great source for species orchids. The perfume icon tells you which ones are fragrant or in some cases smelly! Sticking tongue out

http://www.orchidspecies.com/

If you are new to orchids, depending on location probably the first fragrant orchids you will see are Cattleyas and their hybrids. Some Phalaenopsis hybrids are also fragrant (though those can be expensive).

Let us know where you are and we can make recommendations. Welcome!
Name: Karen Schneider
Piedmont sc (Zone 7b)
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sidecarr8797
Jan 4, 2016 8:42 AM CST
I can not believe all the information everyone has given me I am trying to copy all the names and addresses to find my passion. I have several orchids but have no idea of what kind they are I just know they are alive and some in bloom.I look at them every day and wonder what the flowers will look like. I can not thank you all enough for all the help you have given me.
Karen
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Ursula
Jan 4, 2016 9:08 AM CST

Moderator

Perhaps you might pop some pics of your beauties in bloom into our monthly bloom thread? Smiling
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Jan 4, 2016 10:25 AM CST
I agree with Ursula, Karen. Take some pictures and post them. Though we probably won't be able to give you the specific name of the orchid, someone will certainly be able to tell you what family of orchids they belong to.
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sugarcane
Jan 4, 2016 7:25 PM CST
Welcome to the party Karen Group hug ..
This is a phenomenal group with a deep bench of talent..
I've learned soooo much here and count these folks as some of my best friends...
And ..oh..yeah...they will TOTALLY encourage you !
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