Often the opinion is with beginners, that an orchid bought for a specific occasion or received as a gift will bloom again at the same time in the following years. As already mentioned, the flowering time varies within certain limits, due to the influence of the environmental conditions. The desire, To have a blooming orchid on a certain day with absolute certainty, presupposes, that not just one, but there are several specimens of a species or hybrid, whose heyday is in the period in question.
Another very understandable wish is that, to have orchids in bloom all year round. It can of course be fulfilled, but not through the acquisition of 12 Plants of different flowering times. It takes many times over, to reach the goal. It will take years, before through own reproduction, by division, Buy or trade as many plants as possible, that a seamless sequence of flowers is guaranteed.
As demands continue to increase, the desire for special flower colors may arise in an existing collection. However, the beginner should not focus on such special things at first, because this creates new difficulties. There is a wealth of hues within the great variety of genera and species, as it is hardly found again in other ornamental plants within a family. The play of colors within the genus or the orchids suitable for certain conditions is more limited; but it still meets high standards.
In the natural species and their varieties, the flower colors are largely constant. If you buy non-flowering specimens, you can certainly expect the desired shade. The only thing to consider here is, that the coloring by the degree of exposure, the location or the cultural conditions may have changed somewhat. This relatively high level of security does not apply to hybrids. Especially with complicated multiple crossings, the flowers of plants with the same name can be very different in color. Knowing their parentage is not enough, to infer the color with certainty. When there are specific requirements in terms of color, then one must choose the plant in blooming state.
The same applies to the flower size. With the species it varies within narrow limits. Particularly large-flowered varieties sometimes have. great value, which, however, can be reduced in the future by the meristem culture, so that the beauty of such natural forms will be accessible to many collectors. To assess the flower size as the only determining property, is a personal opinion and a matter of taste. This property can be disadvantageous, as posture and form are often impaired. Large-flowered forms are more meaningful for the professional gardener than for the collector, the one with smaller-flowered orchids, which are of more solid substance, will usually have more joy through longer shelf life.
The shape of the flower can also determine the flavor. It is fixed within the species; in hybrids it can be variable. The international flavor prefers a rounded one, flat flower shape; breeding is largely geared towards this. this means, that the flowers partly. or completely lose their characteristic shape and thus lose the charm of the originality.
When purchasing orchid plants, in addition to their suitability for existing spatial conditions, the size of the objects is also important. At least the beginner should make an effort, not too small, to procure weak specimens, but rather stronger ones in a blooming size. Certainly the price is higher, but it goes without saying, that a strong plant survives the transition to other conditions better than a weaker one with less reserves.
The experienced carer, however, will not refuse to exchange or buy smaller pieces or young plants, if these are species or hybrids, which he has long wanted to own. Undoubtedly it takes a lot of patience and empathy, To bring them to good development and one day to bloom in perhaps years of effort; occasionally losses are also inevitable. In addition to the desired flowering success, the progress in development can be a reason for joy and satisfaction. Often small plants are the only option, to bring certain species into one's own possession. Either large specimens cannot be reached, or the requested price does not correspond to your own financial circumstances.