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    Unhappy

    I just went around surveying all my plants, and the startling thought occured to me that I don't have, nor have I ever had, an orchid! The further thought occured that I don't know the first thing about them... this is unacceptable.

    So now I am looking for recommendations for a begginer orchid.

    Nothing complicated or terribly expensive, incase I kill it. Just something fairly simple that I can learn with.

    Also, suggestions for sources of information, care tips ect.

    Thanks

    edit: Just found sources of info in another post, so now I am only looking for type recommendations.
    I typo, therefore I edit.

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    check your phone book and see if there is an orchid dealer near you or check Home Depot.

    a good beginner orchid to start with is a Phal. and also easy to care for. it is also called the Moth orchid. just water it once a week w/ shaded light and it should grow great for ya.

    actually any orchid you find at a local store is going to be easy to grow. the harder and wierder ones you will have to go to a show or order off line to find them.
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    A phal might be a good one, since you're in Florida. I've found them to be impossible to grow, just because they need warmer temps. Ludisia discolor, if you can find it (I've seen hanging baskets in home depot here for $6 recently) is by far the easiest that I've grown. Dendrobiums tend to be fairly easy also.

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    Go to http://orchidweb.org/welcome.html and then go to market place. Then select the state you want. You should have tons around you. EDIT: e-mail phil first to see what he has availible.

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    Kate,

    on my way home today i stopped at Home Depot on my way to Walmart and they had plenty of orchids worth a try to grow. most of them i have already but, of diff. coloration.
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    Thanks everyone.

    First I am going to email Phil... as soon as I track down his address again (I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached)

    Then I plan to head over to Home depot and Walmart and have a look at what they have... Not planning to buy just yet, since I will be gone for a few days next week, that and I need to do some major rearranging of my plant space, it seem that I forgot to take into account the effect of the Mimosa tree getting it's leaves back and now most of my current CP grow space is mostly shaded [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif[/img]

    From what I can tell though it should be wonderfull for some of the orchids. The good news is that the forced move of the CP's will effectively triple my grow space... hehe

    Thanks again.
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    When you go to the store a lot of times they discount nonflowering orchids by as much as 50%. I've gotten a couple at my local Home Depot.
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    Kate,

    try this e-mail addy to get ahold of Phil.

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    pcrane@**********.com[/QUOTE]

    i e-mailed him a week ago and still no answer.
    George McKay

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