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By Jaker00
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I have a small collection of orchids, and recently I've been wanting to expand it as I only have phals, and I can't seem to find a place that sells affordable orchids, I don't want anything rare I just want a cattleya or vanda or maybe an oncidium, I know lowes sells those "bag babies" but the lowes near me doesn't sell them, I was wondering if anyone knew a good place to buy cheap good quality orchids, thank you!

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By evenwind
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I've had good luck finding orchids in grocery stores. For instance Trader Joe's usually has some Oncidium, Odontoglossum and miniature phals - at least they did last March. But I think you should figure out your growing space before you look to expand. If you're currently successful with Phals and you're going to put the new arrivals in the same area, then you should avoid high light orchids like Vandas and probably cool growing ones like Odonts - Phals don't grow well bright or cool. Also, how big do you want each to grow? There are some orchids whose size are measured in feet. And there are a lot of miniatures available. "Cheap" is relative, of course. You can probably figure on spending at least $20 per plant. I can point you at some orchid nurseries, once you decide which way you want to go.
By Jaker00
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evenwind wrote:I've had good luck finding orchids in grocery stores. For instance Trader Joe's usually has some Oncidium, Odontoglossum and miniature phals - at least they did last March. But I think you should figure out your growing space before you look to expand. If you're currently successful with Phals and you're going to put the new arrivals in the same area, then you should avoid high light orchids like Vandas and probably cool growing ones like Odonts - Phals don't grow well bright or cool. Also, how big do you want each to grow? There are some orchids whose size are measured in feet. And there are a lot of miniatures available. "Cheap" is relative, of course. You can probably figure on spending at least $20 per plant, once you decide what you want.
Unfortunately no store near me sells orchids other than phals, I was planning on growing new orchids where I grow my phals but I also have some other places that get more light, I wanted something relatively small, probably not much bigger than my largest phal that has leaves that measure about a foot wide, i like miniatures especially if they're cheaper, I was thinking about a cattleya as they do well in semi hydro, which is what I grow my phals in, but anything that isn't too difficult to care for would work for me Image I've seen some websites that sell seedlings, but I'd like something a little bit more mature

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By evenwind
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Normally I'd tell you to look at Paphiopedilums. They typically grow in the same conditions as your average Phal hybrid - but they're considered terrestrial and require a very different growing medium. I don't know how that would square with a hydroponic setup. Anyhow, others to consider are mini-Catts (miniature Cattlyeas), Tolumnias (equitant oncidiums), Ascocendas, and Neofinetia falcata - or their hybrids. But there are literally thousands to chose from. Look for potted plants, not mounted, mounted take a lot more care.

These are some of the places that I've had good luck buying from (although its been awhile and I make no guarantees) :
http://www.enlightenedorchids.com
http://www.diamondorchids.com
http://rforchids2.mybigcommerce.com
http://www.carterandholmes.com
http://www.orchidsbyhausermann.com
http://www.hrnurseries.com/index.php

But these days I'd probably go to Ebay, check the feedback and roll the dice.

And also you'll probably find these useful:
http://www.orchidspecies.com
http://www.orchidmall.com/plants.htm
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By Nepenthes0260
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I'd recommend:
http://www.orchidmall.com/windy.hill/ for paphs, phrags, and bulbos
https://www.ebay.com/usr/monsoonflora?_ ... 7675.l2559 for L. anceps and some paphs
https://www.orchidsbyhausermann.com/orchids.html for a wide variety of things including catts, oncidiums, vanda, dracula, and angraecum
https://www.ebay.com/str/springwaterorchids for lots of stuff, angcm, catt, paph, etc.

Springwater Orchids is also active on some of the FB orchids sales groups and I've gotten great plants from them.
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Thank you I will definitely take a look at those links



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By Jaker00
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Nepenthes0260 wrote:I'd recommend:
http://www.orchidmall.com/windy.hill/ for paphs, phrags, and bulbos
https://www.ebay.com/usr/monsoonflora?_ ... 7675.l2559 for L. anceps and some paphs
https://www.orchidsbyhausermann.com/orchids.html for a wide variety of things including catts, oncidiums, vanda, dracula, and angraecum
https://www.ebay.com/str/springwaterorchids for lots of stuff, angcm, catt, paph, etc.

Springwater Orchids is also active on some of the FB orchids sales groups and I've gotten great plants from them.
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By DragonsEye
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While I have never done so, I have known a number of folks who have had great success with Paphiopedilum and Phragmepedium in semi-hydo set-up.
Jaker00 wrote: Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:10 pm i like miniatures especially if they're cheaper, ...
I'll disabuse you of that misconception right now. ;) If anything, miniatures -- especially true mini's (those staying under 6" tall when fully mature) -- are typically as expensive, and often MORE expensive, than the larger growing plants. Many newbies to the orchid world are shocked by this because the majority of their experience is with "normal" plants. With the typical non-orchids one sees in stores, small plants cost less because they are: a) young plants; or b) small growing plants which reproduce readily and/or grow quickly. Orchids are not known for for doing either. From pollination to mature seeds is generally 5-9 months. With some Paphs, it can take up to a year. From a baby seedling to flowering size, one is generally looking at 3-4 years for the "fast growers" but typically more like 5 years for many orchids. Some of the paphs and phrags will require 7+ years to reach flowering size. (With some paphs, 10 yrs is not common.) Miniatures do not grow any faster. If you are a dog person, this might make mini vs large grower more understandable. Let's say you are in the market for a pure bred puppy. You love dogs big and small so check out shih tzu and great danes. The dane is, even as a pup, far larger than a shih tzu. However, depending upon the pedigree and breeder, danes average anywhere from $500-$3000 and shih tzu average $750-$3000. Small grower does not mean cheaper.

If interested, contact me in the fall. I will be dividing a few of my orchids and selling off the divisions. (Too hot for me to want to ship now.) We'll see if I have anything of interest for you. :)

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