Orchids, as well as other plant groups, have a magic about them that is hard to quantify. Their unusual growth habits, exquisitely complicated flowers, and heavenly fragrances can lead to a true addiction, in every sense of the word. I do not purport to be Dr. Phil, but I often counsel people on how to manage their plant addictions. One of the biggest challenges to overcome is "the fever" that arises at plant shows. It is easy to have buying fever when surrounded by thousands of plants from far off countries, seeing people walk out with armloads of plants you always wanted, and hear vendors say "you'd better buy now, supply is limited". I can help with a few tactics that may ease the addiction. This early stage is Phase 1 additicion, where Phase 2 addicition starts with building greenhouses and traveling to exotic countries to collect plants. Then there is Phase 3 addiction, which is worse......
A good orchid example is the King of all lady-slipper orchids, Paphiopedilum rothschildianum. I remember reading catalogs 15 years ago offering this magnificent orchid at well over $ 1000 per growth. I found out that even then, nurseries had quietly squirreled away seedlings of this plant at under
$ 100 per plant, but kept the "mystique" about this plant going to keep the price as high as possible. You can now buy some respectable plants of this species for about $ 75 at some plant sales.
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If you can steer clear of buying fever, join a few societies to gain real-world advice, and manage your addictions for a few years while you get started, then you will certainly have a better long term experience in gardening. My greatest wish is to increase every gardener's skills to a point where they research plants before they buy, purchase or acquire plants at reasonable costs, and grow plants to their maximum potential with minimum fuss.