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    Any Good Orchid Dealers Who will Ship plants?

    I live out in Isaan and the olde lady and I have a decent collection of mostly the usual suspects when it comes to Thai orchids.
    We'd like to get more unusual or species orchids as opposed to the farm hybridized ones. I have nothing against hybrids, I have some
    great Cattleya and Vanda hybrids, just that we both are more interested in natural species.

    So, my question is whether anyone has had any good experiences ordering orchid seedlings or even blooming size plants from Thai orchid
    dealers. They seem all a bit wholesale/export oriented, the ones I've found. There's no one being reasonable on Ebay they're charging 2000+ baht
    per plant for rather ordinary orchids you can get from other countries for 200-300 baht. I would order from the foreign vendors but you need permits to
    import plants.

    All of my most interesting orchids, Dendrobium primilinium, lindleyi, parishi, aphylum, Gramatophylum speciosum, various Tolumnias,
    Rynchostylus coelestis and others have come from Chatuchak plant market or an annual street fair with plant vendors hawking orchids.
    It would sure be great not to have to wait to go to Bangkok or the annual fair.

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    The only ones I've found online seem to just sell the usual dendrobiums and Vandaceous varieties. I used to grow Stanhopea and Brassia orchids back in Australia, as well as the more common dendrobiums and Cymbidiums. Winter is not cold enough here to stimulate flowering in Cyms (except perhaps way up north) so I did not expect to find any of those here, but I am a bit surprised at the limited choice on sale. Took some photos of my old stanhopea and Brassia's into the big orchid shops along Kampang Phet, near Chatuchak, but they had never seen any for sale here.

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    Thanks Mikenot, since I started this thread I dragged out my old computer and transfered some of the links I'd been keeping over to my new computer. I'd saved some links a few years ago to online Thai nurseries that sell a few interesting orchids. I am hoping someone on here has ordered from some of them and can offer their opinion about whether it worked out or not. I probably will just spring for a 1000 baht order and take my chances.

    The Tuesday night-Wednesday morning Chatuchak plant market usually has more than just Cattleyas, Dendrobiums, and Vandas, tho I'd concede mostly that. In fact last time I was there there was a woman set up selling some interesting stuff that included some of the warm weather Thai cymbidiums. I was interested in the Encyclias she had which were well grown out, she had an Encyclia tampensis which, if youre not familiar, has 3 foot or so arcing inflorescences of greenish petaled and white and purple pink lipped one inch blooms looking just like little tiny Cattleya blooms. It was a bit too big for me to haul with me on the bus back to Isaan, but it was tempting nevertheless maybe 50 flowers on it. She was keen on the cymbidiums and she had probably at least 10 different kinds. She gave me her card and they were running an internet mail order thing but I have lost the card and was not interested in Cymbidiums, so I had a look at their site once, it was a very well designed site. Seems to me they had a name like Som's Warm Weather Cymbidiums. If you google Thailand warm growing cymbidiums you may well find the site. We may have one growing in our yard, one of the village kids found it lying in the woods, the tree it was growing from had been butchered for some reason and knowing that we kept orchids he brought it to us to try and nurse back to health. After two years it is now starting to show some vigor, so perhaps this year it wil bloom and i can confirm what it is.

    But the Khampengphet guys, you're right, they are not terribly keen or knowledgeable though they have some nice Phaelenopsis, Cattleyas, Dendrobiums and Vandas. As for Brassia, I've seen them at Chatuchak and the online guys have them. I too also wouldn't mind getting a few Brassias going. I have a still smallish Miltassia (Miltonia-Brassia hybrid) Shelob that does well in the yard that I got from on e of the CAttleya vendors at the Chatuchak plant market I mentioned above. Seems to me its those guys I've seen selling the odd Brassia.

    Stanhopea, wow, yeah, that would be great. Probably someone somewhere has them here. Also There's a Thai woman and her husband up here that have a nursery outside of Roi Et, she was selling a few unusual odds and ends and she knows about taking care of the orchids, she gave some good advice for rather bad bud blast problems we're having with our Vandas, she doesn't know the names of some of the things she sells and as it turned out we ended up with a Grammatophylum speciosa from her, worlds largest orchid, if I'd only known. Its of course still a baby but it put out a 4-5 foot spike with 60+ plus 2 inch green and leopard spotted five petaled blooms, still hanging in there actually two months after blooming. I had no idea what the hell it was we'd bought and the spike just kept growing and growing, ridiculous. Not really my thing but my wife is really into it. I got a Coelogyne rouschenii off of the same nursery as the Grammatophyllum and which is doing well and should spill its cascades of multiple inlflorescences in about November according to her, can't wait, they look amazing in all of the pictures I've seen. She claims its an Indonesian strain and has bigger flowers or something.

    Here's some links to some Thai vendors that have a few things that you might like including, I think, few Brassias:

    https://www.orchidbangkok.com/577857...a-eternal-wind

    According to Google translate, this one is a Brassia being sold as a Belorussian Brassia, what a nice ring that has to it. The Brassias of Belorussia, the subzero gale force winds needed induce flowering, just the thing for your airconditioned apartment.
    Probably better to try buying from the other guys:

    Brassia Eternal Wind
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    thanks for that info ! A bit of googling did give me a couple of local cymbidium links, Pak Kret Floriculture : https://www.facebook.com/pakkretfloriculture and another with lots of photos but not much recent info : https://www.facebook.com/permalink.p...35898083257006
    We will probably be moving up to Ubon Ratchathani later this year and then building a house, would like to get back into the orchids again once I have a garden. I had well over 100 altogether before I moved here, a shadehouse full plus almost as many growing "wild" mounted on the trees in my backyard.
    Any more links would be gratefully received And Roi Et is n't that far from Ubon, might have to get her address and go for a drive once we are set up.....
    Mike

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    Yeah, that's the one I mentioned who were set up at Chatuchak, Pak Kret Floriculture. Thanks for that one I am now more interested to check them. A shame they have resorted to facebook, they had a real website a few yers ago. There is another real jaw dropper of a good nursery, but they don't indicate much about who they will sell to and what is the minimum purchase. They have a nursery way out in the sticks in Khon Kaen and are run by a Dutch guy, a Pinay, and an Indonesian and they also are involved in sourcing orchids from growers in Thailand and probably elsewhere. They seem to only be wholesale and have a huge gallery of orchid photos that mostly appear to have been taken at various nurseries. They have some pretty impressive order forms, not only orchids but other kinds of plants as well:

    https://www.worldflorasupply.com/

    Definitely let us know if and when you get set up in Ubon. I'm actually pretty new to orchids, but I have kept fish tanks on and off since I was a kid. Initially I wanted to get some tanks set up, but we have such terrible problems up here with the electricity that it just is more trouble than I am willing to go through, plus, really there are no fish except those which you can net yourself in the local swamp. So, I am sure you could help us do better with our orchids.

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    Mikenot and whoever else, I just heard from world flora supply, they said they will take small orders from people within Thailand. Great news for garden plant lovers as they have a truly encyclopedic array of plants and especially orchids. If they will give people wholesale prices for small orders then you get very reasonable prices.

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    Good find !! They have quite a few that I might be interested in once set up. Even have one stanhopea listed....

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    Well, I went out to the Chatuchak plant marketand found a stall with some Brassia orchids tucked away in the back, although the girl there called them oncidiums ! Certainly not Oncidiums but I have no real idea what variety of Brassia they are .

    I think the white and purple one might be a B. Maculata or variety thereof ? at only 150 baht each I don't mind taking pot luck on the varieties ! Only 4 smallish (for Brassia) flowers on each spike but I expect more and bigger flowers with some TLC.
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