User Tag List

Informational! Informational!:  0
Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Clearance orchids

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Budd Lake, NJ
    Posts
    409
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hey, I saw some orchids on the clearance table at Lowes. I was wondering if you guys think it is a good idea to get one that way or if they are already dead? They seemed to vary in condition. Some looked like they just weren't blooming, while others had blackened leaves.

  2. #2
    I've got a magic window! elgecko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    PA, USA
    Posts
    3,047
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Blackened leaves would worry me.
    I saw at a garden center around here that sells there orchids for $39.99. When they are done flowering they mark them down to $9.99. I decided to get another one and went back, but they were all gone. It's better that way....I do not have room for it anyway. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img]


    My Grow List Updated 8/24/17

  3. #3
    herenorthere's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    almost Hartford
    Posts
    3,785
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A big problem with buying markdown plants is that the massive growers who sell to Lowes, HD, etc. seem to ship the plants when it's time to repot. That way they avoid extra labor costs. Lowes or whoever display the plants in bloom and then moves them off to a corner to be sold as a markdown. So plants can spend a lot of time in broken down potting mix before that 1/2 price sticker appears.

    Making a bad thing worse is that those nurseries typically use cheap potting mixes that require very careful watering. And careful watering isn't what the plants tend to get at Lowes or HD. Orchids are remarkable plants and can look great with little or no root system. But the problem catches up with them eventually and they can go into a rapid decline.

    Before buying a markdown, probe around a little to see some living roots. Repot it as soon as you can and, with modest effort and lots of patience, you'll turn a $9.99 plant back into a $19.99 plant. Or, better still, you can buy a well cared for plant from the interesting selection at this website or from others that specialize in orchids. You'll know what you're buying is healthy and properly labeled.
    Bruce in CT

    Madness is something rare in individuals but in groups, parties, peoples, ages it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Budd Lake, NJ
    Posts
    409
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm really just holding off till I can find a white Phal with Pink veins in the flowers.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    161
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote (jhaluska @ Sep. 28 2003,4<!--emo&[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img])
    I'm really just holding off till I can find a white Phal with Pink veins in the flowers.[/QUOTE]
    Have you tried finding one at the orchid nurseries? Candystripes should be easy to come by. I've always had good luck with Hausermann's. Or you can seach thru the Orchid Mall for other Phal growers.
    Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

    Ageing is not a problem, ageing is a privilege.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Budd Lake, NJ
    Posts
    409
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Candystripes is exactly what I am looking for! A coworker has one and all he know was it was a Phal, I've been looking online with no luck.

    Once I research enough about Orchids enough to be confident I can grow them, I'm definately going to have to order one. Thanks. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Posts
    809
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Hi jhaluska,

    I bought a candystripe for my coworker a few months back (there's a post of it somewhere because I was trying to identify it). It's pretty common at my local Home Depot, but it does go pretty quick.

    Oh, here's that link with a pic:
    http://www.**********.com/cgi-bin....thistle
    A flytrap ate my homework!
    -Michelle

  8. Similar Threads

    1. Pinguicula Clearance!
      By xantius in forum Carnivorous Plant Trading Post
      Replies: 1
      Last Post: 09-01-2009, 05:53 PM
    2. Drosera Clearance: Multi-plant trade!
      By xantius in forum Carnivorous Plant Trading Post
      Replies: 2
      Last Post: 08-02-2009, 06:02 PM
    3. **********.com plant clearance
      By LLeopardGGecko in forum General Discussions
      Replies: 20
      Last Post: 04-17-2006, 11:23 AM
    4. PLANT CLEARANCE!
      By phlitrapguy in forum General Discussions
      Replies: 17
      Last Post: 04-01-2006, 02:22 AM
    5. annual spring clearance
      By phlitrapguy in forum General Discussions
      Replies: 13
      Last Post: 03-23-2004, 11:19 PM

    Tags for this Thread

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •