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I've never grown orchids before but would like to grow ones that have vivid rich colours. I know there are several types but which type should I start with as a beginner? Thanks
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Peter,

There are around 30,000 species, 200,000 registered hybrids, and
countless unregistered ones, so there is bound to be SOMETHING that will
fit your desires.

However, growing orchids is nothing like growing other plants. They are
a very highly evolved plant family, and each has its cultural niche, so
unless your growing conditions and watering habits match a particular
plant's needs, you will have difficulties. Conversely, find a good
match, and they can be like weeds!

Please read the following: http://www.firstrays.com/beginner.htm

Ray Barkalow - First Rays Orchids - www.firstrays.com
Plants, Supplies, Books, Artwork, & Lots of Free Info!

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I've never grown orchids before but would like to grow ones that have
vivid rich colours. I know there are several types but which type
should I start with as a beginner? Thanks




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On May 12, 6:48*am, "Ray B" wrote:
Peter,

There are around 30,000 species, 200,000 registered hybrids, and
countless unregistered ones, so there is bound to be SOMETHING that will
fit your desires.

However, growing orchids is nothing like growing other plants. *They are
a very highly evolved plant family, and each has its cultural niche, so
unless your growing conditions and watering habits match a particular
plant's needs, you will have difficulties. *Conversely, find a good
match, and they can be like weeds!

Please read the following: *http://www.firstrays.com/beginner.htm

Ray Barkalow - First Rays Orchids -www.firstrays.com
Plants, Supplies, Books, Artwork, & Lots of Free Info!



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I've never grown orchids before but would like to grow ones that have
vivid rich colours. I know there are several types but which type
should I start with as a beginner? Thanks

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Peter,
don't be afraid to try your hand at growing orchids just because there
are thousands of different species and hybrids from all over the
world. Go to you local nursery or flower shop and ask then what types
would do well in your home- they'll be happy to advise you.
Phalaenopsis are one of the most common types and they come in many
different color combinations although most florist probably have the
typical colors- violet, white, and maybe some yellows with some other
colors mixed in. If you go online to one of the websites such as
Orchidmall.com you'll find many other resources to enlighten you on
this fascinating hobby. Good luck !
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Dear PeterGreenMan,
I notice that your post is out of the gardenbanter so I think
you are from
across the pond no?
Anyway, do yourself a favour & find your nearest orchid society
& go to a
meeting. You will find some wonderful people that grow in your area & can
give you
first hand advice.
Important factors are shaded sunlight & watering habits. In
the mean time,
check out Ray's web site, he is amazingly knowledgeable & always helpful.
Good luck!
Cheers Wendy

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Dear PeterGreenMan,
I notice that your post is out of the gardenbanter so I think
you are from across the pond no?

Important factors are shaded sunlight & watering habits. In
the mean time, check out Ray's web site, he is amazingly knowledgeable & always helpful.
Good luck!
Cheers Wendy

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I've never grown orchids before but would like to grow ones that have
vivid rich colours. I know there are several types but which type
should I start with as a beginner? Thanks




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Hi wendy7.
Yep. Wales UK.
Just gone and bought a phalaenopsis fingers crossed...... got it yesterday and it is still living!!
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All right then, good for you.
Rule #1 ....... Do not over water, or too often. ie. every other day!!
Once a week & that depends on how dry & warm the weather is.
The surface of the potting mix would look & feel dry but could be quite
moist down under.
Some people stick their fingers in to test but a clean pencil works well, it
absorbs moisture.
Anyway, enjoy your plant & good luck!
Cheers Wendy (Hoping more folks will chime in with more rules)



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Wendy7;844752 Wrote:
Dear PeterGreenMan,
I notice that your post is out of the gardenbanter so I
think
you are from across the pond no?

Important factors are shaded sunlight & watering habits.
In
the mean time, check out Ray's web site, he is amazingly knowledgeable
& always helpful.
Good luck!
Cheers Wendy

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I've never grown orchids before but would like to grow ones that have
vivid rich colours. I know there are several types but which type
should I start with as a beginner? Thanks




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Hi wendy7.
Yep. Wales UK.
Just gone and bought a phalaenopsis fingers crossed...... got it
yesterday and it is still living!!




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I've never grown orchids before but would like to grow ones that have
vivid rich colours. I know there are several types but which type
should I start with as a beginner? Thanks


Do a little research and find out what might survive better in your
climate. A cool weather Cymbidium may be a good choice.

http://www.orchidboard.com may provide a lot of help, too.

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Thanks for the advice, just joined 'orchidboard'

We will see how things go. Peter
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