Friday, June 7, 2013

What is in My Collection?

I am starting to think seriously about what my collection is all about. I have found it very hard to choose plants for sale. I can see that at this rate I will not have space for all the plants that are left at the end of October. I don't want an overcrowded and unhealthy collection, but that is what I will get if I don't change my thinking.

The outdoor area is a great example. We are in June already and I have not sold any of the larger plants hanging up top and only a couple of the smaller plants on the benches. What am I to do?

Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergLaelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI have decided that I need to change the way I look at each pot when I water it. I have been looking at what I want to get rid of. Maybe I need to think of what I want to keep. Do I want to let go of Laelia lobata Coerulea 'Paulo Hoppe' because it is a large plant? Do I want to keep it because it grows in Brazil, part of a collection of only Brazilian plants? Do I need more than one? Do I keep the best plant?

I set up a column in the database for a status but I never have really used it. I am going to start by changing all the status codes to excess and individually decide to include a plant in the collection. I could even set up a separate inventory group for it.

I have a week of rare time when I can have extra random plants in the house. My wife is visiting relatives. I need to take advantage of the chance to organize.


  1. Another suggestion is to gift them all to me! (just kidding) They are like you children - each with special needs. How to decide what to keep certain presents a different type of stress. Starting to log those choices will begin to make it a reality. However, I ain't easy!

  2. Awwwe my friend..good luck on your quest...its not an easy one..I am not nearly an organized collector as you...If I like it I collect it..whatever strikes my fancy..I love to research my orchids and meet there needs but I face the same problem.. I'm always planning for the next season...its orchid weather here in GA till around October then inside they come...I don't have a greenhouse but have an awesome clear covered patio deck which gets great morning sun and afternoon "bright " shade.. but I'm already getting ready the room inside.. lighting...humidity etc. Works great..but when collection keeps growing...I think I'm going to start with the multiples..lots of divisions..and try not to trade hard.. must have will power..try not to rescue so much..realize I can't save the world... oh by the way..the Cirr. Elizabeth Ann I got from you has started a spike ...I think this was from the backbulb you had for so long before sprouting it..I am so excited ... it must be happy..will send you a picture when she blooms! Again..happy organizing and good luck!

  3. I can very well imagine what you are going through. I am in the same situation with my household in Germany - sorry to compare household with orchids but it is what it is, an amount of items that you don't just want to let go. As I always say, every plant has its own story - so do my antique furniture and hosehold goods.
    I had to learn the hard way to part because I had a backup in the sour water system and lots of items were lost- I didn't even have a say.
    Imagine the winter takes half of your precious orchids or a pest of bugs.
    After my desaster - and one never comes alone - I think the plants to go would be what hasn't flowered in years and what needs so much attention that you would have to neclect other well sprawling plants.
    Make those that you really don't want to let go real expensive - from my experiance with my Ebay store I know that it really does not matter what price there is always somebody who would buy. I am selling those clasic German handmade Steiff stuffed animals. Good luck!

  4. Good point about the price. I tried EBay's suggestion of listing at .99 to start and the result was selling plants at a price that made me cry.

    1. Don't do it get a store on Ebay it will pay back just because you pay less fees. You will have a monthly cost and then only sales fees. You can list for as long as 30 day for any given price you want. If you like check out my store on Ebay, steiff in paradise, I am hinemoana. So you can search by seller or store.

  5. I am going through a similar decision. I have decided that my collection has outgrown its 10X12 greenhouse. I have two small kids, so instead of extending my greenhouse, which was my initial choice. I need to decide what I want to keep.
    I have decided to see what is actually blooming for me, and if they have not bloomed, its time to change somethig so they are not just taking room that other plants may take.