Orchid Growers - 3 Important Things To Ask Before Purchasing From Any Orchid Grower
Getting plants from orchid growers can go one of two ways: you could end up with a strong, healthy
orchid with lots of incredible blossoms, or you could just end up with a dud that deteriorates instantly
when you get it home.
The good thing is that you are in full control of how your visit to the orchid grower turns out! You just have
to learn the proper questions to ask.
The thing is, there are good orchid growers and bad orchid growers, but if you have an idea of what to
search for and what to ask, you can constantly be sure that the orchid you're getting is one of the best. So
here are 3 important questions to never forget...
Question #1: What exact kind of orchid are you getting?
It can be difficult to know where to start in orchid growing, because there are just a lot of different types
out there. (The truth is, there are over 35,000 orchid species available!)
That's precisely why you need to be sure to clarify with your orchid grower what kind of orchid it is that
you're getting. Each one of those 35,000 kinds needs significantly varying care for them to achieve the
best results. Some orchids need more light than others, while some orchids need less watering.
If you jump in without being sure about what kind of orchid you're getting, how will you know how to
correctly take care of it? This is especially crucial because you may be restricted in the kind of care that
you can give to an orchid.
For instance, if you don't have plenty of sunlight available in your area, and you don't have the resources
to make a greenhouse, you cannot provide the proper care to an orchid that needs plenty of direct
sunlight. Moreover, if you do reside in a place with plenty of concentrated sunshine and heat, you
probably don't want to try to have an orchid that requires a cold and brisk temperature.
If you're just starting out, the best advice for a beginner is to try to look for a Phalaenopsis (commonly
called a "moth orchid"). This is a very strong kind that is cheap and easy to take care of, but still grows the
same vibrant blooms as its more exotic sisters.
Question #2: What is the blooming status?
When you're looking at purchasing an orchid, you may see that they're labeled with signs saying "BS" (no,
not that kind of "BS"!) or "NBS". These signs just point out to the "blooming status" of the orchid, and this
is something you must make sure to clarify with the orchid grower before you purchase.
The "BS" means "blooming size", and says that an orchid, if correctly tended to, will give out blossoms
within the next year. This is a healthy and fully-grown orchid that has already been brought through a lot
of vital stages of growth, which makes it a nice bet for beginners.
(Tip: A moth orchid in "BS" period is a surefire bet for any orchid enthusiast!)
"NBS" means "near blooming size", which indicates that the orchid is a year or two away from
blossoming. Orchids like these are less fully grown than "BS" orchids, and so you must pay a lot more
attention to them.
The good thing about them is that they are likely more flexible, and once you have some experience
under your belt, you might have fun experimenting with "NBS" orchids to discover what you can get them
to do under varying situations and settings. That's what makes so many of us addicted to these intriguing
Question #3 - What kind of pot was used?
Not only must you be sure that you can give the proper conditions for your orchid, you must be sure that
the orchid growers did the same before you showed up and got it. That's why you must be sure to ask
what kind of container your orchid was placed in.
Considering the huge variety of orchids, it should come as no surprise that varying orchids have roots that
act in many differing ways.
The cymbidium orchid has roots that can shoot straight down for more than a meter, so you would need a
very long container! A cymbidium that was planted in a small pot will be stunted, and you should avoid
Also, something like an anoecetochilus must be cultivated over a wide and shallow surface, so one that's
been forced into a narrow pot will likely never be as healthy as you'd want it to be. Still others like
draculas and ladies-of-the-night do best in hanging baskets, where their roots can have access to plenty
The main point is this: when you purchase from an orchid grower, it pays to know as much as you can
about what kind of orchid and what type of care it needs so it can live up to its full potential.
By asking these three vital questions, and doing some research on your own, you can eliminate the
possible pitfalls of purchasing from orchid growers, and make sure that your orchid is one that will flourish
and offer you years of satisfaction.
And now, to discover even more proven orchid growing tips, download my totally FREE "5
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Mary Ann Berdak is the publisher of www.OrchidCareZone.com - a top online destination for orchid care tips and advice.