Let's Have Fun Growing Orchids!: Great article for beginners

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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Nov 2, 2017 7:13 PM CST
I applaud this article. Very well done...but out of date.. Since the boffins discovered DNA, we are all confused about names.
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Australis
Nov 3, 2017 1:29 AM CST

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I'd hardly say it's out of date. It's a recent article and the author is going to address names in the next one. Granted, much confusion has resulted from the rampant reclassification in recent years, but I would expect that this will settle down eventually.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 3, 2017 9:06 AM CST
Crossing Fingers!
Name: lindsey
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sugarcane
Nov 3, 2017 2:03 PM CST
It would be nice if this series could be pinned to the top of the Orchid Forum page..I think it would be helpful for many, new to orchids growers.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Nov 3, 2017 7:51 PM CST

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sugarcane said:It would be nice if this series could be pinned to the top of the Orchid Forum page..I think it would be helpful for many, new to orchids growers.


I added it, thanks for the suggestion!

I'm looking forward to seeing the next articles in the series. Steve is a great author and his book has sold a lot of copies. I'm delighted that he has decided to contribute this great series of articles to the website!
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stevefrow
Nov 3, 2017 8:35 PM CST
Orchid names are definitely in a state of flux, but the principles of growing them are pretty timeless.
Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 4, 2017 7:15 AM CST
I added the link to this nice article as a sticky to the Orchid forum. Smiling
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Nov 4, 2017 9:29 AM CST
Glad to see this series of articles here. But I kind of disagree about Phals being "foolproof" because it really depends where you are. Phals are very hard for me (and many orchid growing friends here) to grow successfully in Florida.

I liked his statement about "choosing an orchid that's right for your environment" and wish he'd left out the whole statement that Phals are a beginner orchid. Just because they're available everywhere doesn't mean they're easy. The vast majority of those big box and grocery store Phals get thrown out after they finish blooming, from what I've seen.
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Nov 4, 2017 1:04 PM CST
Either tossed out, or given to a neighbor they think can save them. I can't say how many Phals have been given to me to save...most beyond saving. Even the ones I buy only last a couple of years here.
Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Nov 11, 2017 4:08 PM CST
My sweet husband bought me a Phalaenopsis (looks just like the one in the picture) and it is still growing strong almost a year later! It had even rebloomed. The significance of that is I grow vegetables, not indoor flowers so it has to be foolproof to survive my total neglect nodding
Toni
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Nov 11, 2017 4:17 PM CST
Congrats, Toni. I have killed many over the years.
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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Nov 12, 2017 9:49 AM CST
@plantmanager

Thank you *Blush*
I was so shocked when this little plant not only kept living, but put on new leaves AND a new flower! Hurray! Hurray!
Time will tell.
I can't wait for part 2 of the article
Toni
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Name: Toni Melvin
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Toni
Nov 12, 2017 9:56 AM CST
How funny! When I saw the picture of the Phal in this article I did a double take because I thought it was my plant and my picture. I looked back through my photos and YES, it is my photo! How honored I am nodding
Toni
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Nov 12, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Toni, are you talking about the picture on the title page of the article? Was that actually part of the article or did Dave select your nice picture to highlight the article?
Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Nov 13, 2017 10:29 AM CST
Yes! The picture on the title page. Either way I'm thrilled he chose my picture! That doesn't happen all that often nodding
Toni
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Faridat
Nov 13, 2017 11:32 AM CST
It was an interesting article. I am drawn to them and thinking about getting some to start with, this was a basic but good introduction. Smiling

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