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Today we talk about the age of orchids when we purchase them, what does it mean in terms of care and expectations and when will they bloom.
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Orchids can be found for sale at specialized nurseries under the following age groups:

1. In flask – these orchids are a few months or a year old, maybe a bit more. They are still in the propagation medium and they need special care and attention when deflasking. They will bloom 5-10 years, or even more, from the moment you purchase them.

2. Seedlings – They are recently deflasked, but hardened and adapted to life outside. They are about 2 years old can can take 3-5 years to bloom, or even more.

3. Intermediate stages – Orchids which can take 2-3 years to bloom.

4. Near blooming size – These orchids can bloom within the year or in a bit over one year.

5. Blooming size – Orchids which can bloom at any time, some have bloomed before.

6. Specimens – These are old orchids with multiple structures and they can bloom on multiple inflorescenses.
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