Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Orchid Addiction

Phal Brother Lawrence 'Taisuco' x Phal Taisuco Glory - Photo by Richard LindbergPhals should be illegal. A Phal may seem like a harmless decor item and pleasant house plant, but they are a gateway drug to some of the hard stuff such as Sobralia or even *shudder* Angraecum.

The stages of addiction are:

1) That's pretty, I have room on the windowsill for a second plant.
2) Re-arranging furniture to maximize space near the windows. Even adding a light if you can find one that matches the other furniture.Sobralia yauaperyensis - Photo by Richard Lindberg
3) Setting up an "Orchid room" with shelves and grow lights, but leaving the bed so it can still be considered a guest room. Having your plants summer outdoors.
4) Getting a greenhouse with water electricity and gas and wintering your plants there, with only a few plants besides those in bloom still in the house.
5) Setting up an eBay account because you realize the greenhouse is filling up with Degarmoara Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy' divisions.
6) Looking at plants for sale, wondering if they are big enough to divide so you can keep half and sell half.Angraecum sesquipedale 'Orchidglade II' FCC/AOS - Photo by Richard Lindberg
7) Start thinking that there is good money in selling orchids.
8) Rent additional greenhouse space in another town.
9) Begin a 30-year hybridizing program to produce a true-black orchid.

Personally, I am not addicted. I could stop and clear out the greenhouse any time I wanted. I just don't want to.


  1. My addiction is limited by (what else) time and money.

    Fred Clarke might have beat you to the black orchid:

  2. I had Fred in mind. I had to find somebody worse than I am. I can say "I'm not that bad yet", since I am a firm phase 8.

  3. Stage 7 here. If I could find reasonable offer for Stage 8 not to far from my house, than I'd probably be there.

  4. You need to add another stage: Denial of addiction! ;-)

  5. I'm only at stage 4, but I do have a Degamoara Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy'. Uh-oh.

  6. If there is an orchid that TRULY deserves to be described as "grows like a weed" it is Degamoara Winter Wonderland 'White Fairy'.

  7. Just came to this after looking through older posts...I'm verging on stage 4 with hints of stage 5. I'm doomed and I know it.

    Thanks for the chuckle.