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I'd like to get a large orchid that flowers often, with a bit of help. Which one would you recommend?


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Grammatophyllum Speciosum lol!


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Grammatophyllum Speciosum lol!
Haha, just to clarify I am looking for an orchid for my home, big but not humongous. Could anyone recommend anything that isn't one of the bog standard ones you see everywhere. Also, a recommendation of a good orchid nursery around London would be much appreciated.


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Could you give some examples of what you like? The obvious answer would be a Phalaenopsis complex hybrid, as they will stay in flower long periods with minimal care in the home.

Less popular would be the Oncidiums or Brassicas, there are many complex hybrids that should stay in flower for several weeks, and could flower twice a year.

Cymbidium members are more common, and are capable of putting on wonderful, large displays once a year, but most I believe require a cool, dry period to stimulate flowering.

Outside of complex hybrids bred for the casual house plant market, most orchids won't flower for more than a few weeks a year.


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How big is big? Tall? Wide? Do you mean big leaves, big plant, or big flowers? What are your conditions for growing it?

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Some mini Cattleyas have very large flowers and can flower more than once a year.The best thing to do is ask Burnham Nurseries in Devon for some suggestions.They do mail order as well!


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Yukster wrote:
I'd like to get a large orchid that flowers often, with a bit of help. Which one would you recommend?

I don't know how many times you would like a plant to flower ? :? but I think you'll be very lucky to find a large flowered orchid that flowers more than twice a year at the very most.
If you want more than 2 flowerings a year, I think the only way to get over that would be to plant a group of orchids which flower at different times of the year.
Either of the same species (ie dendrobium), or a mix of species for a bit of foliage variety ?
Maybe a minimum of 4 plants all known for their large flower to plant ratio ?

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A suggestion would be hybrids from Laeilia Pumilla which have large flowers on small compact plants and hybrids from Sophronites Grandiflora,now Cattleya Grandiflora.


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Thanks tom499 that is really helpful advice

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Could you give some examples of what you like? The obvious answer would be a Phalaenopsis complex hybrid, as they will stay in flower long periods with minimal care in the home.
I have a large white Phalaenopsis which is lovely, it like it a lot. I will look out for the complex hybrids, the Oncidiums looks very attractive


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Cymbidium members are more common, and are capable of putting on wonderful, large displays once a year, but most I believe require a cool, dry period to stimulate flowering
I've got a Cymbidium orchid that flowered last year some time but not since. I would appreciate your advice how to simulate this dry cool spell for it to flower again. Would oyu be able to advise what temperature and humidity counts as cool and dry and for how long?


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I don't know how many times you would like a plant to flower ?
Twice or if I am lucky a third time.


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How big is big? Tall? Wide? Do you mean big leaves, big plant, or big flowers? What are your conditions for growing it?
ballpark 60-80 cm tall. I have a couple of tall orchids with bigger flowers but looking to expand my repertoire


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Some mini Cattleyas have very large flowers and can flower more than once a year.The best thing to do is ask Burnham Nurseries in Devon for some suggestions.They do mail order as well!
I'll try them but I prefer to see the orchids and choose the one I like rather than go by pix, if that makes sense.


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Okay, so this would be my recommendation: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10354

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stevek wrote:
Okay, so this would be my recommendation: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10354

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This specimen is just what the doctor ordered. Where would I be able to find one of these beauties? I'd much rather get it from a nursery than buy online


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Yukster wrote:
This specimen is just what the doctor ordered. Where would I be able to find one of these beauties? I'd much rather get it from a nursery than buy online

Glad you like it, I certainly do, very distinct flowers looking very much like butterflies, especially when they are being wafted around (gently) by a fan.
I have just 1 flower left on it at the moment, it dropped another just a couple of days ago.
The flower is just off of 6"/15cm from the tip of the middle "antennae" to the base of the lowest petal.
Mine has 5 spikes with another 2 on the way (I have seen larger specimens), each spike continues to flower (with some short breaks) so when a flower dies, you don't have to wait for another spike before you get another flowering like some plants, it continues to flower from that spike, but if you get more new spikes as well then all the better because thay will also re-flower.

I suggest you "google" some Images of Psychopsis first, as there are hybrids around which you may prefer including "alba" and is almost all yellow?

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I suggest you "google" some Images of Psychopsis first, as there are hybrids around which you may prefer including "alba" and is almost all yellow?

Steve


Here are some hybrids that i like
Psychopsis Mariposa var. alba
Orchid Psychopsis Mariposa
Orchid Psychopsis papilio

It doesn't looked like Burnham Nurseries have any Psychopsis. I looked up other online sellers but i have no idea who is reputable, what the size, shape or condition of the orchid etc. Any advice where i can get these would be appreciated


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Yukster wrote:
Any advice where i can get these would be appreciated

I also looked at Burnhams including under its old name of Oncidium papilo in their alpha list just in case, but not there.
Ray Creek's website is "temporarily unavailable" so no luck there either.
Not much chance of getting it in the UK when you want it so you may have to order from abroad.
I'm sure there are Posts here from other members recommending their overseas suppliers, this is one that I've used quite often and am happy with, order by Sunday and it should be with you on Wednesday:
https://orchids-shop.com/orchideeen.html?p=8
Prices get steeper with the number of spikes, other than that you could wait for the London RHS Orchid Show in April and see if they have any there.
I got mine from there ( :confusion-scratchheadyellow: but can't remember the name of the asian supplier), the good thing about that is you get to see & pick the plant you are buying which I also like to do.
If you don't want to take the chance of none being available at the Show, you could always pre-order from one of the Nurseries to guarantee you get one?

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A nice link Rob (being a bit wary, I don't usely touch E-Bay), interesting UK seller there but would be a bit concerned with the word "Rare" attached to almost every plant?

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stevek wrote:
Not much chance of getting it in the UK when you want it so you may have to order from abroad.
I'm sure there are Posts here from other members recommending their overseas suppliers, this is one that I've used quite often and am happy with, order by Sunday and it should be with you on Wednesday:
https://orchids-shop.com/orchideeen.html?p=8
Prices get steeper with the number of spikes
Thaks! I'll have a look. I am happy to spend a bit more to get a 4-5 spike Psychopsis

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other than that you could wait for the London RHS Orchid Show in April and see if they have any there.
I got mine from there ( :confusion-scratchheadyellow: but can't remember the name of the asian supplier), the good thing about that is you get to see & pick the plant you are buying which I also like to do.
I was wondering if the sell orchids at the RHS show.

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If you don't want to take the chance of none being available at the Show, you could always pre-order from one of the Nurseries to guarantee you get one?
is there a list of nurseries that will be selling at the London RHS Orchid Show in April, I couldn't find it on their website :eh:


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