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« on: April 12, 2017, 06:04:12 AM »
Thanks for suggesting a new topic, SusieQ. You were right, it's long overdue!

And thanks for the tips in your last post under the old topic. I think I'll see if I can get DH a membership in the orchid society and hopefully find a local one. Now that he's mostly retired he has plenty of time to go to meetings!

I still haven't gotten a good photo of our orchids. When the light is good I don't think of snapping one; that only occurs to me at times like this (6 am) when there's no light.

I started catching up on your YouTube videos. I love your commentary. It makes me feel like I'm right there with you. You have an impressive number of orchids! Do you have a dedicated grow room at this stage?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 10:52:56 AM »
I think he will enjoy the meetings since often the members themselves have orchids to sell or they giveaway orchids. But, the best part is learning about orchids and how to better help your orchids grow better in your environment and meeting people that have the same interest as you.  Just imagine your previous knitting get away but orchids. I believe meetings are once a month. 

And, on those nights he can't sleep, he can log in to the AOS site and learn more about his orchids.   The webinars are long but if you're interested in a particular orchid, it's a wonderful way to learn in one seminar.  You may be in bloom heaven soon!

Our formal living room has turned into my indoor grow room. I have a few hanging in the kitchen window - humidity is great in there- and a few more in what I call my "woman cave" but mostly phalaenopsis types no ID. I've set up my greenhouse and have placed a few orchids in there.  They keep me busy... :lol:
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 08:04:16 PM »
DH is now a member of the American Orchid Society. I signed him up! He was grateful and sends his thanks to you, SusieQ. Now to find a local group. There are two colleges in town and I wonder if one of them might have a group. If not, and if I can't find one in town, there are large cities just 45 minutes to the north of us and I'm sure I can find something there.

Now, about your greenhouse...do tell! Is this something new or have I suffered a senior moment and just don't remember you talking about it? You are clearly serious about your orchids and have devoted a lot of time and energy and probably dollars to your passion. Though I seem to recall that at the outset you were able to get orchids at the farmers' market or some such place and the prices were reasonable if I recall correctly. Now, though, it seems that you have a list of new varieties (is that the right word?) that might not be as readily available.
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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 10:59:40 PM »
Here's a link you may find helpful:

https://www.orchidmall.com/society.htm  The orchid society listing.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 11:11:55 PM »
DH is now a member of the American Orchid Society. I signed him up! He was grateful and sends his thanks to you, SusieQ. Now to find a local group. There are two colleges in town and I wonder if one of them might have a group. If not, and if I can't find one in town, there are large cities just 45 minutes to the north of us and I'm sure I can find something there.
He will love it!  I spend way too much time there before I go to bed.  The magazines they send are worth the price of the membership alone, imho.  :grin:



Now, about your greenhouse...do tell! Is this something new or have I suffered a senior moment and just don't remember you talking about it? You are clearly serious about your orchids and have devoted a lot of time and energy and probably dollars to your passion. Though I seem to recall that at the outset you were able to get orchids at the farmers' market or some such place and the prices were reasonable if I recall correctly. Now, though, it seems that you have a list of new varieties (is that the right word?) that might not be as readily available.
The GH was a birthday/Christmas present from hubby. I got it in early November and set my succulents and cacti in there. When spring came around, I took all the succulent and cacti out and started introducing the orchids.  I just have about 30 in the GH right now but hope to add more as it gets closer to summer. Yes, I started my collection by purchasing some orchids at a farmer's market and found the Sharry Baby Oncidium type of orchid that smell like vanilla chocolate when in bloom.  Then, my taste wanted something different and dragged my hubby and son to as many orchid shows I could find...also orchid nurseries.  Now, I mainly shop online since I found sellers that have great orchids and really know the meaning of customer service.  Growing orchid is addicting because they are so many species and hybrid and colors and fragrant.  It's fun, it keeps me out of trouble, keeps me busy and every one in the house can enjoy the  beauty.  They are not too crazy about my makeup collection.  :lol:
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 04:30:41 PM »
SusieQ, what are some online orchid sellers that you like?

orchidweb.com is the website of the shop that is in a city close to us that we have yet to visit. Have you heard of it? Do you know anything about it?

It seems to me that, living in Minnesota, we probably should only order from online sources during warm months due to transit time and temperatures. I'd hate for a plant, even one carefully wrapped in insulation, to be left on our front doorstep in the winter!

DH asked me to ask you so he's really warming up to the idea!
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 02:08:52 AM »
I will have to post some photos of DH's pet orchid so you can tell us what is going on there!

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« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2017, 07:04:31 AM »
Milla, do post a picture! SusieQ really knows her stuff.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 10:34:31 AM »
SusieQ, what are some online orchid sellers that you like?

orchidweb.com is the website of the shop that is in a city close to us that we have yet to visit. Have you heard of it? Do you know anything about it?

It seems to me that, living in Minnesota, we probably should only order from online sources during warm months due to transit time and temperatures. I'd hate for a plant, even one carefully wrapped in insulation, to be left on our front doorstep in the winter!

DH asked me to ask you so he's really warming up to the idea!
That great!  I ordered from these guys and really liked them:
https://laorchid.com/ - the owner is really sweet. I have two  recent orders from this site and posted on my channel - LOC Haul

http://orchidsbyhausermann.com/  - I ordered from him several times, too.  Love his orchids

http://sunsetvalleyorchids.com/ - A bit pricey but excellent and healthy orchids.  He gives a discount if you are a member of the America Society so it's worth it. Also, not sure how many orchids you have to orchid but he often throw an extra one.   I don't think I've heard of Orchidweb.com but will check it out.  :grin:

This is the best time to order since it's not soo hot, yet. But, many vendor will include insulation to keep the orchid nice and cool. Some will charge you but some won't. I can't wait to see the orchids!

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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2017, 10:35:12 AM »
I will have to post some photos of DH's pet orchid so you can tell us what is going on there!
Yes, let me see!! :happyinthesun:
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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 11:53:09 AM »
Thanks again, SusieQ! I looked for just a few minutes at one of the sites you suggested and I'm in love with cattleyas. I saw some that are compact, topping out at 12" tall and I'd love to have one in my office window.

DH is busy figuring out lighting for his grow room. It's a windowless room so he has to provide all the lighting. He did that before successfully so I'm sure he'll figure it out again.

He received his first Orchid magazine from AOS and I haven't even had a chance to thumb through it and look at the pictures. He totes it around the house! The cover is stunning though. :)

I'll take pictures when he gets his grow room set up and again after he puts some orchids in there.
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2017, 11:55:20 AM »
Grow light: I found this last year and love them. I have six, I think. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8IQGtz4DL0&t=3s - this guy does a great demo and they sell them on Amazon for only $32!

https://www.amazon.com/KINGBO-Reflector-Spectrum-Seeding-Flowering/dp/B01LYBGVRG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494089519&sr=8-1&keywords=kingbo+led+grow+light

I swear by them and one of my orchids friends online only purchased them after watching the video and she purchased at least the same amount I did. For $32, it's great value!  I  may buy some more for backup.

The magazines from AOS are wonderful!  I'm glad he likes it!
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2017, 01:19:12 PM »
Here is the lovely orchid, that has just woken up from a long period of hibernation; also the brave little lemon  tree that I grew from a pip. It sustained severe pruning a while ago, because it was covered in a white, sticky substance and it looked very sick. I am pleased to say that it is looking very healthy.

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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2017, 10:16:40 AM »
Milla, your orchid is beautiful and look at all those buds!!  When they all open, it's going to put out a beautiful show!  I love the colors on the blooms. Just beautiful! 

It sounded like you had concerns about this orchid in your earlier post.  The orchid looks good. Was there a specific think you and your DH were concern about?

Your lemon baby looks great btw!
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« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2017, 12:41:08 PM »
I am just not very good with orchids. I don't know where to put them, when to feed them, how to water them...so I've left this one in DH's tender, loving care and it is working!  I still think he over-waters house plants.

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« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2017, 04:20:47 PM »
Milla, I love your orchid and your baby lemon tree! As Susie said, you are going to have a beautiful show of flowers and, if they are like ours, they will last for weeks on end, actually months at this point.

Will your lemon tree blossom, too? I've never seen citrus blossoms so please be sure to post a pic if it does!

DH couldn't make up his mind which orchids to order so I placed an order for four of them for him. I can't remember exactly what I ordered now but they are coming from one of the places you recommended, SusieQ - the one in Illinois. I know I bought a lovely white cattleya and a blue vanda but that's all I remember. They aren't in spike so we get to nurture them along! When they bloom I will be sure to take pictures.
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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2017, 09:18:45 PM »
SusieQ - I was just watching your Grow Space Update on YouTube and I'm just blown away at the number of orchids you have growing! I haven't had much time to watch your videos or maybe I wouldn't be so surprised. You talked in your video about "bare shelves" but they looked anything but!  Everything looks so well tended, too. I can't imagine how much time you must spend with all of your flowers and plants. We're waiting for our first shipment and feel like getting four new plants is a big deal but they wouldn't even be a drop in the bucket for you.

A neighbor I hadn't met stopped by today and saw our existing orchids in the front window and raved about them. That was fun. I can see myself going down the orchid rabbit hole myself if I'm not careful. I find myself rereading our posts here and following them to places like the Orchid Society of Minnesota. I was ready to join but their membership year ends in June. I wrote to ask if I could join now and pay for next year and a prorated amount for this year but haven't heard back.

Well, back to finish viewing your video. By the way, I love your voice - it's very calm and soothing to listen to your narration.
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« Reply #17 on: May 19, 2017, 10:38:59 AM »
I am just not very good with orchids. I don't know where to put them, when to feed them, how to water them...so I've left this one in DH's tender, loving care and it is working!  I still think he over-waters house plants.
My mom loves to water plants daily and water is just all over the place. I've given her a schedule and that seems to work . The orchid you have is called Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid.  Thousands and thousands of these hybrids are imported to US for their flowers and easy care.  Your orchid needs indirect light and at least 7-8 hours if possible. North facing windows are the best or if you have an East facing window that gets morning sun that's Ok, too.  Once a week for watering is good and I usually soak the orchid for about 15-20 minutes in cool water and I fertilizer once or twice a week but a weak strength - two pinch is usually enough or when the water is more like the color of light sky blue. 

The newest trend now is growing orchids in water culture.  But, this can be very tricky if you're not sure what you are doing and what signs to look for to take additional actions. But, the orchid looks great!
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2017, 10:40:18 AM »
Milla, I love your orchid and your baby lemon tree! As Susie said, you are going to have a beautiful show of flowers and, if they are like ours, they will last for weeks on end, actually months at this point.

Will your lemon tree blossom, too? I've never seen citrus blossoms so please be sure to post a pic if it does!

DH couldn't make up his mind which orchids to order so I placed an order for four of them for him. I can't remember exactly what I ordered now but they are coming from one of the places you recommended, SusieQ - the one in Illinois. I know I bought a lovely white cattleya and a blue vanda but that's all I remember. They aren't in spike so we get to nurture them along! When they bloom I will be sure to take pictures.
I love cattleyas!  And just adore vandas!!
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« Reply #19 on: May 19, 2017, 10:44:29 AM »
SusieQ - I was just watching your Grow Space Update on YouTube and I'm just blown away at the number of orchids you have growing! I haven't had much time to watch your videos or maybe I wouldn't be so surprised. You talked in your video about "bare shelves" but they looked anything but!  Everything looks so well tended, too. I can't imagine how much time you must spend with all of your flowers and plants. We're waiting for our first shipment and feel like getting four new plants is a big deal but they wouldn't even be a drop in the bucket for you.
I kinda do have a lot of orchids.  :heartthrob: I do spend a lot of time on my orchids.  I spend at least an hour a day and most of all day on either Saturday or Sunday.  I cannot wait to see what you and your DH have purchased. You have to show pictures!!
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« Reply #20 on: May 19, 2017, 10:54:08 AM »
A neighbor I hadn't met stopped by today and saw our existing orchids in the front window and raved about them. That was fun. I can see myself going down the orchid rabbit hole myself if I'm not careful. I find myself rereading our posts here and following them to places like the Orchid Society of Minnesota. I was ready to join but their membership year ends in June. I wrote to ask if I could join now and pay for next year and a prorated amount for this year but haven't heard back.

Well, back to finish viewing your video. By the way, I love your voice - it's very calm and soothing to listen to your narration.
I'm known as the orchid lady in our neighborhood because you can see my orchids from our front windows.  :grin: It's so much fun when someone notice your orchids and pay you compliments. Once you see the blooms and smell the fragrance of the orchids, there is no going back. We're lucky here that we can join our society at anytime.  I hope you hear from them soon!  I think you and your DH will love it!!

It's funny that one of the biggest complaint that we youtuber makers is the we don't like hearing our voices.  I also don't like the sound of my voice but I really appreciate you saying that, Styyna!  :flowers2: Have a wonderful day!
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« Reply #21 on: May 19, 2017, 01:59:14 PM »
SusieQ, Thank you so much for the advice, I have passed it on to DH, who is very grateful.
I have watched your videos , they are very interesting and you have a lovely voice!
Styyna, I don’t know if this little lemon will ever blossom. It would be a miracle!  In my parents’ garden in Portugal we had a lemon tree. It gave two crops a year, excellent fruit, large and beautifully scented. We also had a fig tree, a couple of plum trees, a quince tree and a medlar tree.

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« Reply #22 on: May 20, 2017, 07:19:21 AM »
Milla, I believe in miracles so your lemon tree will bloom. It just needs you to have faith! Your parents' garden sure had a lot of fruits. I can't imagine having fruiting trees like that in my yard since I'm accustomed to the climate in the northern US.

SusieQ, how much light do you give your orchids? Do you vary the amount by type? We are considering getting a light stand for ours so that we can grow them all in one place and showcase them in our dining room (the only room in the main living area with enough space). I'll try to attach a picture of what we're considering.

Our order arrived and I was blown away. I expected little starter plants and instead we got big mature plants. Even the dendrobium that came in a 2.25" pot is so big that it can't stand up without supporting the whole plant and pot - I bet it's a foot tall! The vanda has the beginning of a spike on it even though we ordered all plants that weren't in spike. DH has them under his advanced grow lights downstairs until we figure out a permanent home for them.

ETA: SusieQ, I did pay attention to your post where you shared the lights you use and DH has some LED lights like that but we prefer the overhead fluorescents if possible as, for display purposes, they give a more natural look than the LED lights he's gotten. So my question about how much light pertains to the use of fluorescents. The fixture we're considering has four 4 ft. bulbs on each tier and I'm hoping that would be enough for orchids.
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« Reply #23 on: May 20, 2017, 10:31:04 AM »
That looks lovely!

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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2017, 10:30:18 AM »
Hi Styyna!  That's a nice set up if you have room but you will find your orchid collection growing each year so you have to take that in consideration.  :grin:

Yes, each type of orchid genera will require different light requirement.  For instance cattleya and vanda will require lots of light but not phalaenopsis type of orchid. Milla has a phalaenopsis.  They candle foot lighting to measure light requirement.  Do I go by that...not always. I mean, I'm not exact. You can by gadget to measure light or use the white paper/shadow method but I  opted not  to buy the gadget because a lot of orchids sold now have been hybridized and what may be good for the species may not for the hybridize orchid. Like most plants, your orchid will give you signs when she is unhappy about something.  I'm a bit nutty where I do check my orchids daily.  When you first buy a plant, you inspect it and look at it a lot before you buy it.  When you get it home, you expect that plant to be in the same condition weeks after you've introduced it to your home environment.  If not, it will give you signs and that's where the intranet comes in.  I'm always on the intranet looking and reading.  I also recommend an orchid diary. There are apps out there but I just created a spreadsheet. The name of the orchid, when I purchased it, vendor name - in case I need to order and happy or not with the plant - when it was repotted, when it bloomed and how many blooms, lighting, humidity, watering need, etc.  This helps in case you buy another orchid and you already have the same type. You can refer to the journal about where you need to place it and how much care you need to give it.

If you have not found them yet, I recommend you watch missorchidgirl: https://www.youtube.com/user/MissOrchidGirl She's in another part of the world and she's the one that pushed me down orchid hole!  I no longer watch her as often as I used to but she has great repotting videos. She also started making videos everyday and it just got too much for me. I usually look at the title of the videos and see if I am interested.  Like everything else on the net - take it with a grain of salt.   There is Brads greenhouse. I watched him more now.  There is young man, he is just graduating from high school this month. We've adopted each other.  :lol: He is my orchid son and he calls me his orchid mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpXRn36LefCwgxUJBKcIVRw. If your up to the extreme, there is a girl on youtube that we call the WC Queen!  Water culture (WC) is the current rave now.  Your DH may not want to watch her because I see him as an old school grower.  You may want to take a peak and see her huge success in using only water to grow orchids. You can now go on vacation and not worry about your orchids anymore! I try to watch videos made in the US because that at least gets me close to the same weather and know what type of orchids will more likely to grow in my environment. There is another lady but she gets too loud. She lives in  Florida and her videos are helpful but she's loud and i can only take her once a week. But, she knows her orchids. Let me know if you want to listen to watch her. 

I'm sorry that I gave you so much info.  :grin:
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