Orchids forum: Our Orchid blooms in March 2016

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 1, 2016 4:38 PM CST
Same here on the Tolumnias, Lindsey and I just love them but haven't bought another for 3 years. I still have the cute little thumb pots they came in, too . . . Sad

I've since found out by a lot more reading that they are "twig epiphytes" and like to grow on citrus trees. (I wonder how they'll do on my dying citrus trees Crying )

If I see them at Lowe's for $8 or even $10 I might take the plunge again but the only ones I've seen recently were $20 at the orchid show. High light, scanty twiggy mountings, and maybe my fabulous new fert will make it possible to keep one or two alive for more than a year.

Ken they are very tiny plants when they're not in bloom, leaves about 2 or 3in. long at most. Then they burst into bloom in the spring with big sprays of those lovely flowers. You could sell a few big plants and buy a dozen Tols that wouldn't take up as much room.
Elaine

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Mar 1, 2016 5:01 PM CST
Some people seem to shy away from compacts, sub-compacts, and miniatures, Elaine. I don't know why. Maybe they don't think they are getting the bang-for-the-buck with small plants. I just really never know what will be a popular seller and what sits forever. Of course, when they sit, they might bloom, so that's good. Hurray!
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Mar 1, 2016 5:38 PM CST
Ken, I would think... that folks with only sunny window sills would be falling over themselves for compact Catts...and Toulumnia's.. As long as the photo of the flower is excellent..they should sell themselves.
Elaine...I got mine at Lowe's ( years ago) for $12..I was able to grow them in NC...but just killed my last one Blinking
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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 1, 2016 5:47 PM CST
I think my photos are quite good, but perhaps not. I don't have many folks who take the time to look at my website complain about the photos, not that the lack of complaints mean anything. Perhaps they just don't want to hurt my feelings. Whistling

Perhaps I need to create an additional page on my site and label it "Plants for Small Spaces", or something like that. That might draw them in. Shrug!
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Mar 1, 2016 6:39 PM CST
I spent the day cleaning the OC until it sparkles. I have some new blooms but no time to take pictures. I have a talk tomorrow morning, then back at it. I will sleep well Thursday night.

Jim
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Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Mar 2, 2016 2:45 PM CST
Yes Ken...a couple of places I've shopped at do just that...Marble Branch Farms comes to mind.
Jim...Hope your garden tour went well..I'm sure everyone was wowed...hope the mulch made a good impression! Whistling

While I wait patiently for several plants to bloom..funny how long some of them take from when I first spot the embryonic bud to flower...I couldn't help but be amazed at this NOID Den...that I got back in October...blooming for $3.00...STILL has a couple of great looking flowers!

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Mar 2, 2016 2:57 PM CST
A lot of bang for the buck there, Lindsey.
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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Mar 2, 2016 4:21 PM CST
Lindsey, I'm still working as the garden tour is tomorrow at about 1:00 PM. I really need a nap.

Yes, the mulch looks great.

Jim
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 2, 2016 5:05 PM CST
Those are lovely, Lindsey. Mine that I bought at the same time just finished blooming about 3 weeks ago.

I gave one to my acupuncture therapist before Christmas, and she told me today it is still blooming, too!

I had 3 plants left over from holiday gift giving, and planted them all in a hanging basket together so IF they survive that casual treatment, it should make a really nice show for a $9 investment.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 2, 2016 5:54 PM CST

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Pretty stripes! How can one go wrong with those prices!! Thumbs up
Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 2, 2016 11:56 PM CST
Oh no! I love those tolumnias! They are like Tillandsia size but bigger blooms. Lindsey I like that Den too!

We went to the Thai Temple in Tampa this weekend, and I was so surprised that the vendor I used to buy orchids from in the Downtown market was there selling orchids. All profits are donated to the temple. I showed her pictures of my Catts and the Dendrobiums I bought from her and she was surprised how well they are doing! She positively identified the Chia Lin my coworker bought from her. And of course I had to buy this "chocolate" smelling Oncidium Lovey dubby

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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 3, 2016 8:29 AM CST
Lovely, Gigi. Those ones with the chocolate scent are amazing, I bought one for my daughter in Utah, and it blooms for her in her bathroom regularly.

Here's my big NOID in full bloom now. I had it indoors with everyone else last weekend when we had two nights in the 40's and haven't sent it outside again just because I'm enjoying it so much on the kitchen counter.

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Elaine

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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Mar 3, 2016 8:31 AM CST
Lovey dubby Elaine! I would keep it indoors too if it were mine.
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Mar 3, 2016 8:39 AM CST
Elaine, that is a knockout orchid. You need to find a name for her. Anything that beautiful deserves a name. Thumbs up
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Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 3, 2016 8:45 AM CST
I know it had a tag when I got it, Ken but it is long gone, or has been devoured by the huge root ball. You know me, I really don't care. But I'll keep an eye out at Plantio and the Tropiflora sales because that's where it came from. They may have more.

I'd have to dig back into the old threads on Dave's Garden in 2011 and 2012 when I got it. I have pictures from then but none of them show the tag.
Elaine

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Mar 3, 2016 8:49 AM CST

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I agree!
Elaine, would you like me to post your picture to the AOS group on Facebook? Maybe they can id it.

Chocolate Onci? Looks like Sharry Baby! Thumbs up
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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dyzzypyxxy
Mar 3, 2016 8:59 AM CST
Sure, Ursula. That would be great.
Elaine

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston Churchill
Name: Ken Ramsey
Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a)
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drdawg
Mar 3, 2016 9:04 AM CST
That's a great idea, Ursula. My wife in in that AOS group but not I. I am a member of AOS but not my wife. Go figure. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Mar 3, 2016 9:14 AM CST

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I posted it!
Many of the members of the FB AOS group are the professional growers and also Judges. They know their Orchids along with their parentage and history.
Name: Alice
St. Johns, FL (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 3, 2016 9:16 AM CST
Elaine, that orchid would look pretty darn good on my kitchen counter also. My white den nobile that I bought in bloom last November is on its last flower so it is time to find something new.
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