Join an Orchid of the Month Club
The main advantage of starting your collection this way is that you will get a flowering plant each month to enjoy right now and you will also accumulate plants that will give you flowers around the year as they should also bloom next year at approximately the same time. This will eventually allow you to have flowering orchids year round. Unless you have the opportunity to shop somewhere local every month and purchase a flowering plant, this is difficult to do on your own. I set up a display location in my dining room for the blooming plant of the month and then moved the non-flowering plants to a bedroom where I had more humidity and light for them to rest, recover, and re-bloom.
Look through the vendors on OrchidMall and find those who offer an Orchid of the Month Club. Try to tailor your choice of club with the type of orchid you are interested in collecting. If you’re interested in cattleyas and are growing indoors, then try to find someone who will provide miniature or compact size plants for you.
If you are not sure which genus you are interested in, look for a club which will send a variety of plants. This gives you a chance to determine which ones you like best and which ones grow in your environment. One club I used sent a Cattleya and a special free plant each month…so I discovered Dendrobiums, Brassias, and Oncidiums and found that they survived and re-bloomed for me.
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