There is a long standing joke among hobbyists in which they collect so many orchids that a greenhouse is required to hold all their plants. This humorous scenario is coming true for many people now that working from home has become the norm. Tropical plants of all kinds are having a renaissance and growers simply need a place to put them.
One thing that all seasoned orchid growers have in common, regardless of their level of expertise, is a trove of war stories about how they “almost lost everything”. The power failed, the water line broke, the vents didn’t open, and so on. What is it about orchid collections that make them so prone to loss?