Many orchid enthusiasts feel that “Baggy Babies” are one of the most exciting and fun developments in today's orchid-growing world. Also known as “Packaged Orchids” or “Blooming-Size Orchids” in the retail world, a Baggy Baby delivers the thrill of watching an exotic plant through all stages of its development – your anticipation and enthusiasm growing until it finally bursts into vivid, brilliant blooms.
Packaged Orchids can be purchased in various sizes. Better-Gro sells both 2” near-blooming-size and 4” blooming-size orchids. The smaller the pot, the longer you will have to wait for the plant to flower. A plant in a 2-inch pot will bloom in approximately 1½ to 2 years, while one in a 4-inch pot will reach the blooming stage in approximately a year if well-tended.
Reasons Baggy Babies Are Popular
In addition to watching the orchid’s full growing cycle, another reason for the growing popularity is that you will find a wider variety of orchids in the Baggy Baby selection – a lot more varieties than can be purchased in the larger, blooming plants stocked by retailers. With the selection of a Baggy Baby, you can obtain a rare and difficult-to-find specimen you would not have a chance to get otherwise.
Plus, they cost less --- enough that you can afford to indulge yourself in your hobby and purchase two or more Baggy Babies for the price of a single blooming orchid.
Caring for a Baggy Baby
You will need to repot your Baggy Baby immediately after purchase. This allows you to choose your own container in a style and color that match the décor of your home. Many orchid-growing enthusiasts like this as it means they also choose the potting medium they like and trust.
Naturally, your growing plant will require high-quality nourishment just as the young of any species does. Better-Gro has a complete line of specialty media and plant food for the orchid enthusiast, and they are all endorsed by the American Orchid Society.
It's no wonder Baggy Babies continue to gain popularity with orchid growers as they add so much to their hobby. The next time you visit your favorite orchid supplier, remember to ask about Baggy Babies and explore what's available. You are likely to find something really unique to add to your collection.