Grrrrr.... How Aggravating

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Grrrrr.... How Aggravating

Post by raybark » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:10 am

I am posting this for the benefit of less-experienced growers, so they won't be discouraged by mistakes.

I've been growing orchids for over 45 years, but that doesn't mean I still can't screw up...

I acquired a Phalaenopsis tetraspis C1 seedling a couple of years ago, and it has actually done better growing outside on my deck in NC in the summer, and in a north-facing window in winter than it ever did in my greenhouse in PA. I attribute that to overall warmer conditions. It has bloomed twice for me in the last year, both times with two or three flowers.

A couple of months ago, it started a new spike that has grown and grown, and it ultimately developed nine buds! They all developed nicely.....until Easter week, when practices and services (my wife and I sing in our church choir), followed by family visits, led to me basically ignore my plants. The pot went dry and the buds soon followed.

Did I say "grrrrrrr"?
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Re: Grrrrr.... How Aggravating

Post by WaltonInlet » Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:22 pm

So long as the plant is OK!

There's always next year, and it may enjoy an unexpected rest; who knows how many buds...and flowers you will get next year.

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Re: Grrrrr.... How Aggravating

Post by RandyT » Sun May 13, 2018 10:06 am

It may very well bloom again soon. Once C1 starts to get up in size, it flushes with flowers more than once a year. Sorry, but I haven't really noticed how often, just that it blooms more than once a year.

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Re: Grrrrr.... How Aggravating

Post by naturegirl72 » Mon May 14, 2018 4:52 am

Same here, Randy, tetraspis flowers here all year round whenever it likes too - speaking of adult plants. Many spikes and mostly flowers on. But it is true they absolutely don't like to dry out ...
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