Blog Post #320 Orchids and gladiolus.

Orchids are beautiful!!!  They come in a variety of colors and shapes.

BUT … orchids can be a bit fussy to raise.  In, I found these suggestions:

These plants thrive in these conditions:

  • Strong light, but not direct late-afternoon sunlight
  • High humidity
  • Turbulent airflow around the roots
  • Regular periods of drying, alternating with drenching rains
  • Temperatures between 50 F and about 85 F

My neighbor (in his early 80’s) is a robust person and loves his orchids.  He has a green house to raise them and spends hours with them – almost like raising children.  He has special equipment to help with the humidity and charts to know when to water, controls to regulate the temperature, and special tools.  

It takes patience, knowledge, and acquired skills to be a great orchid grower.  And … even more for those that want to breed orchids.

On a related topic, I had a friend who raised gladiolus – and bred them.  To create a new breed of gladiolus in year 1, you had to identify which two to cross breed.  You might pick a pink frilly one to cross with a yellow one that lasted longer – with the hope that you would get one that was pink and frilly and stood tall longer.  BUT, you might get one with yellow that was short and didn’t last as long (that is – the bad traits of the the two that you crossed) instead of a tall pink frilly one that lasted longer.  In the first year, the new cross breed glads were mostly just a shoot of grass. Then in the second year you might get a few very short gladiolus. By the third year, the grower / breeder might be able to really see his/her results – and by the FIFTH year, he/she is able to save the corms (i.e. the ‘bulb’) and share them with other breeders.  

So to have new variety of flowers (orchids and gladiolus), it can take several years – and may or may not be what you wanted.

Life can be like that.  You might need the right ‘soil’ (environment), the right ‘light’ (education), the right temperature and moisture (experience) to get the right results.  Those can be challenging. Do you go for an MBA? Do you go for the right experience? Do you take a job with a small company to gain more experience or with a large company for the industrial sized experience?

And … even then, it might be that the experience doesn’t product the right ‘flower’.  Do you start again? Do you keep at it, maybe in a few more years the new hybrid (you) will be better?  

What the new hybrid will be takes time.  What you will be takes time. In my experience with college students, many thought they would be making huge amounts of money and be very successful within a few years of graduation – and instead found themselves in debt (college debts, house payments, car payments, family expenses, etc.).  Sometimes they persevere and become the rare and beautiful orchids or gladiolus; but many times they settle for the average.

How about you?  Can you become the showy flower?  Can you become the CEO or manager or leader?

What do you think?


Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

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