Sunday, January 11, 2009

Free orchids come my way

Having a website like Backbulb.com I get offered free orchids quite often. Let's hear it for free orchids!

Here are two that I got this week, both species, both needing a bit of TLC.

The first plant is a Laelia anceps that is a bit beat-up with the smallest pseudobulbs I have ever seen on a mature plant (that's a three inch pot). It has a bit of sunburn and needed to be repotted three years ago.

The second plant is a Scaphosepalum breve. The leaves look healthy enough, but it can't stand up in the pot and the last time it was re-potted (according to the tag) was more than three years ago.

Today is pretty fully scheduled but first thing Monday I will clean both of these plants up and get them re-potted.

Both of these fit my collection, a New World species. The Scaphosepalum breve is most welcome since it is the first of that species for me.

The Laelia anceps, not so much. I have twenty Laelia anceps already, almost all of them named varieties. If this plant has some roots in the pot, I will simply clean it, repot and try to find a new home for it.

27 comments:

  1. i want a orchid free. My email is varouniscool@yahoo.co.uk

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  2. Hi, I would like to know how you get offered for the free orchids? I am interested in saving and caring for the "not perfect looking" orchids. My email is sybil_tang@yahoo.com
    I want to have some free orchids to add my experience.

    Thanks!
    Sybil

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  3. The way to get free orchids is to let people know how much you love orchids. Have them in your house, of course, but also at work if at all possible. Be prepared to have people bored with you talking about orchids and how they grow.

    People will offer you orchids, mostly Phals and Dendrobiums at first, but as you get to know other orchid growers the offers will improve. Never turn down an orchid that is offered even if you don't really want it. It is all good practice.

    Tell me about your conditions and I'll send you one. Don't put your address here, when I know what I think you can grow, I'll email you directly.

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  4. Hi, how are you? I'm Cora and I found your site when I decided to search "free orchids" after searching for orchid art. It's been a dream of mine to begin growing orchids, as a personal hobby/collection. Unfortunately, the opportunity has eluded me. I have researched orchids quite a lot, discovered that my absolute favorites are 2 of the rarest (Holy Ghost or Dove orchid of Panama & Ghost orchid of the Florida Everglades), and even had a total of 7 orchids tattooed on my upper arm. I live in the south- eastern, coastal region of the US. We have cold winters and hot summers. I realize my orchid would have to stay indoors. If there's a way you could help me get my first orchid I would be forever grateful. Thank you,
    Cora Jett
    coralorchid@gmail.com

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  5. Hi,

    I have grown orchids for 10 years, lost my collection in a move in Winter and now am building it back up. I grow cattleyas in a Southern window with a cool mist humidifier and small fan for many years. They love it there and all bloom well! If you have any started backbulbs, I would love to try one out and see how I do. Regards, Terri Sommella
    terri@sommellamarketing.com

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  6. Always looking for new additions to my greenhouse-especially free or unwanted plants. Any homeless varieties are welcome and will enjoy a life of pampering. If any are available, please contact me @ kgab08@att.net Thanks! Georgeanne

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  7. Hello,
    I decided to search for "free orchids" and found your site. I have quite a few of Cattleya and have been in love with them since early childhood. I am asking for any free one sue to a change in income- lost my job recently" but still takr great care of my orchids. I rather they are ok than other responsiblities at times. If you have any , please contact me at jimenezrichard@yahoo.com
    Thank you in advance I really appreciate it.

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  8. I am an orchid enthusiast and have been collecting orchids for the past 2 years and have collected many "not so good" looking plants and nursed them back to health and love doing it. If anybody has any orchids they dont want or just divided and have lots of. Or of course want to trade. Have some epidendrum keiki's growing atm. Email me benjamin9900@yahoo.com

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  9. Hi, I'm new to growing orchids and i read about some free orchids and i am interested in getting some if possible. Thank you for your time. Please email me if Anyone can help. queburger@yahoo.com
    Thank you,
    Queburger

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  10. Aloha from Hawaii,
    I am just getting back to growing orchids and would be very interested in obtaining back bulbs for free or trade. I am not familiar to all the different species of orchids, but the challenge of growing orchids and seeing them bloom. I for one, would never throw an orchid away, unless it is "DEAD". Please let me know how I can get involved with this program.
    Mahalo,
    Craig Nakahara

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  11. There are three easy ways to get free orchids. The first is to join an orchid society. The second is to "Follow" here and on Google+ that each has a free orchid about once a month. The third is to tell everybody you know that you grow orchids so that they know to give you their Big Box orchid after the flowers fall off.

    You will be surprised how many plants you will have at the end of the year.

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  12. AWw those babies need some love and I have alot to give..email iwwts1@yahoo.com

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  13. Hello all. I have been an orchid hobbiest for about 10 years now, with Phals and Cattelaya. I would really like to expand my collection. I would be glad to take any back bulbs that folks have to share and as I repot my plants would be glad to share as well. I have two large Hauserman orchids that I will be repotting soon, they are in three gallon pots and healthy as a horse. Some of them I have lost the tags due to the birds swiping them for nesting material when they are outside during the summer. friendlync1960@aol.com

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  14. Bob, I am always happy to hear from a backbulb fan. The best way to get plants is to let your friends know that you grow them. Another good way is to be a member of a local orchid society. That will get you in a position to know about possible trades that don't require shipping.

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  15. Hello. My name is Matthew and I love to grow plants and i would love to take care and grow an orchid in with my collection of other plants. I would love to get one for free because I really don't have the money to buy one. I think orchids are beautiful and very interesting. please send me an orchid and any other plant that you think i might like. I NEVER turn down an free orchid and plants in general. I love to grow and watch them grow. Please contact me at m.a.keicher@hotmail.com

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  16. Hi! My name is Mel. I have quite a few phalenanopsis orchids that I've rescued from.my.local greenhouses "left to die" clearance shelf. all but one of them has a flower spike now (!). I'm interested in expanding my collection again. I'm eager to see what happens :) lilleywhite90@yahoo.com

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    1. hi where do u live at? im from california

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  17. Hi, this is Julia from northern Virginia. I love orchids and love to expand my collection! I started my orchid growing hobby with Phals and slowly expanded to dendrobiums and oncidiums. My favorite orchid is cool growing cymbidiums and love to have one. I also love the slippers. But i will not turn down any free orchid offers! my email is yiqiaoqqq@gmail.com, please e-mail me! thanks

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  18. Hi,
    My name is Ayumi from New York. I love orchids and have started growing them as a hobby when my mom send me Phals as a gift. My favorite right now is dancing lady orchid. I love to grow plants and see them bloom and would like to have a free orchid also. Email me at whitemagicfairy@gmail.com

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  19. hi my name is ana I live in FL. I LOVE orchids I would love to get any free offer:) my email is anabautista73@yahoo.com plase plase email me :)

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  20. Hello everyone!

    I too would love any orchid in need of a home! I myself grow Miniature Cymbidiums! Rescuing orchids and watching them bloom is amazing and a passion of mine!

    Jerry :)
    uriosteguijerry@yahoo.com

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  21. Jerry, There will be opportunities for low priced plants along with the usual free ones throughout the summer as I clear space in the greenhouse.

    They will be announced in the blog.

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  22. Hi ... i have over 60 orchids but would love to expand so feel free to mail me at jos.ongena.brugge@gmail.com

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    1. hi i saw ur post that u have over 60 orchids that u want to expand

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  23. Hi there i love plants but really love orchids they are full of mystery and if i had my own way i would surround myself with them can you please send me a orchid ir two i would really appreciate it thank you

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  24. tankerville_9@Yahoo.com Just found your website–very interesting. I love to rescue plants. I would love to to try orchid rescue.

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  25. hi i love orchids wish i can buy more but my work doesnt pay me to buy what i need,if you know close to my area where i can get free orchids let me know please this is my email sexyolf@gmail.com

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