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Home Depot's Cattleyas

Post by Manelli Famil » Thu, 10 May 2007 08:39:00



I stopped by HD this morning and saw they got in those very small cattleyas
in the mesh bags for under $5 each.  I couldn't resist and came home with
two of them.  These are the first catts in years.  I think my first one
failed to flower because I was given the wrong information by the person
working at the Nursery.  Hopefully these babies will do better.
 
 
 

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Post by Diana Kulag » Thu, 10 May 2007 09:22:12


FWIW, those little guys are iffy, at best. They are young things, often
without pedigrees. *If* you get a viable one, it will be several years
before you see a flower. Add to that the fact that they have not been
exactly coddled, and you have a recipe for failure.

Just my opinion, but it's an educated one. If you want to purchase babies,
buy a compot or seedling from a reliable grower. Personally, I like my
gratification to come a little earlier, LOL!

Diana


Quote:
>I stopped by HD this morning and saw they got in those very small cattleyas
>in the mesh bags for under $5 each.  I couldn't resist and came home with
>two of them.  These are the first catts in years.  I think my first one
>failed to flower because I was given the wrong information by the person
>working at the Nursery.  Hopefully these babies will do better.

 
 
 

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Post by bobc » Thu, 10 May 2007 11:15:08




Quote:
> FWIW, those little guys are iffy, at best. They are young things, often
> without pedigrees. *If* you get a viable one, it will be several years
> before you see a flower. Add to that the fact that they have not been
> exactly coddled, and you have a recipe for failure.

> Just my opinion, but it's an educated one. If you want to purchase babies,
> buy a compot or seedling from a reliable grower. Personally, I like my
> gratification to come a little earlier, LOL!

> Diana



> >I stopped by HD this morning and saw they got in those very small cattleyas
> >in the mesh bags for under $5 each.  I couldn't resist and came home with
> >two of them.  These are the first catts in years.  I think my first one
> >failed to flower because I was given the wrong information by the person
> >working at the Nursery.  Hopefully these babies will do better.- Hide quoted text -

> - Show quoted text -

Howdy!
I agree with Diana, you will get stronger plants from a reliable
grower ... although the ones they sold at Lowes did have tags.
And the wait ... I've waited over three years for a flower from a
seedling Phal I brought and it wasn't quite worth it.  And yet, many
growers here can get them to flower in about 18 months.  I think I
remember reading that Catts can take up to seven years from seed to
flower under good conditions.  I wonder how long it would take at my
house? <G>
Anyway, have at it and enjoy!
Bob Campoli - Philadelphia, Pa.
 
 
 

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Post by Manelli Famil » Thu, 10 May 2007 11:45:50



Quote:
> FWIW, those little guys are iffy, at best. They are young things, often
> without pedigrees. *If* you get a viable one, it will be several years
> before you see a flower. Add to that the fact that they have not been
> exactly coddled, and you have a recipe for failure.

One indeed looks "iffy," but I was told to keep the receipt.  If it dies
they will replace it or refund my money. The second one looks very healthy
and has a new shoot starting on one side.

Quote:

> Just my opinion, but it's an educated one. If you want to purchase babies,
> buy a compot or seedling from a reliable grower. Personally, I like my
> gratification to come a little earlier, LOL!

Oh, I don't mind waiting for flowers.  I wouldn't know a reliable grower
from a used orchid salesman.  Can you recommend one?  The new greenhouse has
plenty of space.   :0)
Quote:

> Diana



>>I stopped by HD this morning and saw they got in those very small
>>cattleyas in the mesh bags for under $5 each.  I couldn't resist and came
>>home with two of them.  These are the first catts in years.  I think my
>>first one failed to flower because I was given the wrong information by
>>the person working at the Nursery.  Hopefully these babies will do better.

 
 
 

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Post by Manelli Famil » Thu, 10 May 2007 11:52:07



Quote:


>> FWIW, those little guys are iffy, at best. They are young things, often
>> without pedigrees. *If* you get a viable one, it will be several years
>> before you see a flower. Add to that the fact that they have not been
>> exactly coddled, and you have a recipe for failure.

>> Just my opinion, but it's an educated one. If you want to purchase
>> babies,
>> buy a compot or seedling from a reliable grower. Personally, I like my
>> gratification to come a little earlier, LOL!

>> Diana



>> >I stopped by HD this morning and saw they got in those very small
>> >cattleyas
>> >in the mesh bags for under $5 each.  I couldn't resist and came home
>> >with
>> >two of them.  These are the first catts in years.  I think my first one
>> >failed to flower because I was given the wrong information by the person
>> >working at the Nursery.  Hopefully these babies will do better.- Hide
>> >quoted text -

>> - Show quoted text -

> Howdy!
> I agree with Diana, you will get stronger plants from a reliable
> grower ... although the ones they sold at Lowes did have tags.

Yes, these have tags and are dated 8/8/06.  The smaller one is about 6" tall
and the other is almost 9" tall.

Quote:
> And the wait ... I've waited over three years for a flower from a
> seedling Phal I brought and it wasn't quite worth it.  And yet, many
> growers here can get them to flower in about 18 months.

Could a greenhouse make the difference?  I noticed my plants all did so much
better in the GH this past year than they ever did in my large sun room.

I think I

Quote:
> remember reading that Catts can take up to seven years from seed to
> flower under good conditions.  I wonder how long it would take at my
> house? <G>

Oh my gosh!!!!

Quote:
> Anyway, have at it and enjoy!

It's a fantastic hobby.

- Show quoted text -

Quote:
> Bob Campoli - Philadelphia, Pa.

 
 
 

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Post by Wendy » Thu, 10 May 2007 23:31:39


Al Pickrel    http://www.orchidexchange.com      (Aka "alien complete with
antenna")
Kenni Judd    http://www.jborchids.com   (Yes Kenni is a she as in "A boy
named Sue")
Ray Barkelow    www.firstrays.com    (Mr. S&H who answers all questions)
Robert G. Halgren, Ph.D.  http://www.msu.edu/~halgren  (Rob Rules & has
rules) No websight but great rules?

These are all I can think of & please forgive me if I have left anyone out,
but better yet add to this list & we can keep it going.
Cheers Wendy
Pss.....I have forgotton where you are but in this day & age with shipping
costs, it's
good to buy from someone in the area.

Quote:

> Oh, I don't mind waiting for flowers.  I wouldn't know a reliable grower
> from a used orchid salesman.  Can you recommend one?  The new greenhouse
> has plenty of space.   :0)

 
 
 

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Post by Wendy » Thu, 10 May 2007 23:30:19


Al Pickrel    http://www.orchidexchange.com      (Aka "alien complete with
antenna")
Kenni Judd    http://www.jborchids.com   (Yes Kenni is a she as in "A boy
named Sue")
Ray Barkelow    www.firstrays.com    (Mr. S&H who answers all questions)
Robert G. Halgren, Ph.D.  http://www.msu.edu/~halgren  (Rob Rules & has
rules) No websight but great rules?

These are all I can think of & please forgive me if I have left anyone out,
but better yet add to this list & we can keep it going.
Cheers Wendy
Pss.....I have forgotton where you are but in this day & age with shipping
costs, it's
good to buy from someone in the area.

Quote:

> Oh, I don't mind waiting for flowers.  I wouldn't know a reliable grower
> from a used orchid salesman.  Can you recommend one?  The new greenhouse
> has plenty of space.   :0)

 
 
 

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Post by SuE » Thu, 10 May 2007 23:35:24




Quote:
>Oh, I don't mind waiting for flowers.  I wouldn't know a reliable grower
>from a used orchid salesman.  Can you recommend one?  The new greenhouse has
>plenty of space.   :0)

I am sure you have said where your located but you can start with the
three you know from posts on RGO and ABPO - AL, Kenni, and Ray.  You
"Know" them from talking with them or reading what they say to others.

After that you read about growers with specialties such as the Vanda
growers in Florida that Diana mentions.  OR the you ask.
For over all variety and great Plants. I recommend Oak Hill Gardens.
For mini- catts I suggest Gold Country.
For fun picking your own - local shows that host out of town vendors,
if there are no specialty orchid growers in your area.

Al -http://www.orchidexchange.com/index.htm
Kenni - http://www.jborchids.com/
Ray - Firstrays.com
Oak Hill - http://oakhillgardens.com/
Gold Country - http://www.goldcountryorchids.com/

There are festivals around the country that are gathering of vendors
just for your enjoyment.

 
 
 

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Post by Rob » Thu, 10 May 2007 23:44:55


Quote:

> Al Pickrel    http://www.orchidexchange.com      (Aka "alien complete
> with antenna")
> Kenni Judd    http://www.jborchids.com   (Yes Kenni is a she as in "A
> boy named Sue")
> Ray Barkelow    www.firstrays.com    (Mr. S&H who answers all questions)
> Robert G. Halgren, Ph.D.  http://www.msu.edu/~halgren  (Rob Rules & has
> rules) No websight but great rules?

actually my website is in my sig...

littlefrogfarm.com

And thanks for the plug.  I may be doing this full time due to budget
cutbacks soon.  *grin*

Rob

--
Rob's Rules:     http://littlefrogfarm.com
  1) There is always room for one more orchid
  2) There is always room for two more orchids
   2a) See rule 1
  3) When one has insufficient credit to obtain more
     orchids, obtain more credit

 
 
 

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Post by Manelli Famil » Fri, 11 May 2007 00:21:08



Quote:
> Al Pickrel    http://www.orchidexchange.com      (Aka "alien complete with
> antenna")
> Kenni Judd    http://www.jborchids.com   (Yes Kenni is a she as in "A boy
> named Sue")
> Ray Barkelow    www.firstrays.com    (Mr. S&H who answers all questions)
> Robert G. Halgren, Ph.D.  http://www.msu.edu/~halgren  (Rob Rules & has
> rules) No websight but great rules?

> These are all I can think of & please forgive me if I have left anyone
> out,
> but better yet add to this list & we can keep it going.
> Cheers Wendy
> Pss.....I have forgotton where you are but in this day & age with shipping
> costs, it's
> good to buy from someone in the area.


>> Oh, I don't mind waiting for flowers.  I wouldn't know a reliable grower
>> from a used orchid salesman.  Can you recommend one?  The new greenhouse
>> has plenty of space.   :0)

Thanks for the information. I'll definitely check these out.
 
 
 

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Post by Manelli Famil » Fri, 11 May 2007 00:23:34



Quote:


>>Oh, I don't mind waiting for flowers.  I wouldn't know a reliable grower
>>from a used orchid salesman.  Can you recommend one?  The new greenhouse
>>has
>>plenty of space.   :0)

> I am sure you have said where your located but you can start with the
> three you know from posts on RGO and ABPO - AL, Kenni, and Ray.  You
> "Know" them from talking with them or reading what they say to others.

> After that you read about growers with specialties such as the Vanda
> growers in Florida that Diana mentions.  OR the you ask.
> For over all variety and great Plants. I recommend Oak Hill Gardens.
> For mini- catts I suggest Gold Country.
> For fun picking your own - local shows that host out of town vendors,
> if there are no specialty orchid growers in your area.

> Al -http://www.orchidexchange.com/index.htm
> Kenni - http://www.jborchids.com/
> Ray - Firstrays.com
> Oak Hill - http://oakhillgardens.com/
> Gold Country - http://www.goldcountryorchids.com/

> There are festivals around the country that are gathering of vendors
> just for your enjoyment.

Thanks a bunch Sue. I'm going to enjoy going over all these sites tonight.