Back in May I picked up five orchids at an auction. Three are in good shape and doing well, as far as I can judge. However, one turned out to be infested with mealy bug, and another promptly lost most of its roots; i.e., 40% of my purchases had problems. That is not satisfactory. (I think I managed to salvage the ailing pair, but it will probably be a year or more before they’re presentable again.)
Perhaps I might have better luck buying plants online. I recently ordered a few from Orchids by Hausermann. The box arrived this past weekend. Let’s open it up.
Individually wrapped in The Chicago Tribune. (I washed my hands when I was done.)
Partly unwrapped, showing the shredded paper protecting the plant held in place with masking tape.
The first plant unwrapped is Macradenia multiflora, in a 2.25″ pot.
The largest plant, Prosthechea cochleata (or Encyclia cochleata).
All are potted in bark chips and look healthy to my non-expert eyes. Note the abundant roots of the Brassavola; I have high hopes for that one. Most of these are “beginner” orchids, which means that they might survive my care and perhaps even thrive. Cross your fingers.