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Cinta
Aug 17, 2016 10:17 PM CST
I have a stupid question.

What are the tiny thimble size orchids that the grocery store and BB store are selling? Are they a Phal but have been grown different to grow small like you would do a bonsia?

They had them for 1.00 today at Lowes so I picked one up. It was just so cute.
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Ursula
Aug 18, 2016 6:23 AM CST

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You wouldn't happen to have a picture? That would make it a bit easier..... Smiling
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drdawg
Aug 18, 2016 7:04 AM CST
I have never seen any of those, Cinta. Photographs would help. Do they have labels?

I am headed to Lowe's this AM and will look for what you describe.
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ctcarol
Aug 18, 2016 11:33 AM CST
Sounds like she's talking about the mini phals. I saw some recently at Sprouts. too.
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drdawg
Aug 18, 2016 12:40 PM CST
Nope, as usual, our Lowe's has nothing of interest.
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Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Aug 18, 2016 12:59 PM CST
Tolumnia?
lindsey
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Cinta
Aug 18, 2016 1:56 PM CST
Okay let me go take a pic.
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Cinta
Aug 18, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Okay I put a normal size one next to it so you can get an idea

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close up of the flower
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 18, 2016 4:05 PM CST
It's a lovely little mini-Phalaenopsis, Cinta. You got that for a dollar? Awesome buy - they're at least $7 here.

They're actually a dwarf type, not just grown in a cramped style to stay small. You might want to make sure that tiny pot has drainage holes and isn't completely packed with soggy moss. It's a common way for these little guys to be sold.
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hawkarica
Aug 18, 2016 4:12 PM CST
These minis do better for me than the big ones. Good buy Cinta.

Jim
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sugarcane
Aug 18, 2016 5:15 PM CST
Great buy!..I've never been able to grow a mini..that one is adorable with the picotee edging!
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Cinta
Aug 18, 2016 6:38 PM CST
Thank you. I always wondered if they were just a mini or a stunt growth type.

My Lowes sell them for a 1.00 every year. They get new stock in so often they move their stuff out on clearance quick. I buy them every year and kill them every year. But I feel for a dollar it is cute to have around on the coffee table. The flowers usually last a couple of months with the air on in the house.
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drdawg
Aug 19, 2016 6:53 AM CST
Cinta, do you know where McKees Rocks is?
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JMS54
Aug 19, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Cinta...great buy...I have two of the minis that I bought at Walmart. They marked them down and only had two. They were a $1 each also. I let mine finish blooming then repotted them. They are doing reat and are growing right beside my standard phals.. Wish I could find some more. I really like them.
HAVE A GREAT DAY!
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Cinta
Aug 19, 2016 4:34 PM CST
drdawg said:Cinta, do you know where McKees Rocks is?


Yes it is about 30 minutes from my house.
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drdawg
Aug 19, 2016 4:51 PM CST
I have some plants going there next week.
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Cinta
Aug 19, 2016 5:03 PM CST
Small world. My in laws use to live there. They have both gone into nursing homes and sold the house and I divorced the husband so I have not been there for years.
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drdawg
Aug 19, 2016 6:00 PM CST
Small world indeed.
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drdawg
Aug 25, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Cinta, the miniature (sub-compact) Phal. plants arrived today. I disposed of those terrible ceramic pots (you might as well trash them as soon as you get the orchids home) and the 1.5" plastic "starter" pots. Then I threw them, with there sphagnum moss intact, into a sink of water and let them soak for about 10 min. I removed all the moss, trimmed off all the dead roots, and am letting them sit in the solarium overnight. I will then mount them all. I find that compacts and sub-compacts do better for me if they are mounted.

Thank you, Cinta.

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Cinta
Aug 25, 2016 8:22 PM CST
If I had known all that I could have sent them in a smaller box. Rolling on the floor laughing
I was upset that night when I went to pick them up for you that one of them did not have a pot. I was looking all over the plant department for the little pot. I guess someone liked the pot and not the plant and lifted that. *Blush*
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