Orchids forum: Suspended Blooming

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 18, 2016 4:20 PM CST
Buds have been stuck in suspended animation for literally months like this. Hints, suggestions?
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 18, 2016 5:10 PM CST
Hm, Cheryl they do that sometimes. I just gently free the petals with my fingernail if they will. Sometimes they pop open nicely.

Phal blooms do last a very long time, so let's hope you get a few more weeks at least out of those poor little stuck babies.

I have no idea why they do it.
Elaine

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 19, 2016 10:31 AM CST
What a tease that one is Cheryl! Maybe just a bit more light? I always find my Phals blooms going towards the light.
Name: Daisy
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DaisyI
May 19, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Looking at the plant and non-opening buds make me suspect that it is overwatered. Is there a clear plastic liner in that pot? Planting directly in glazed pots is always tricky. I suspect if you dump your plant out, you will discover the only roots are the ones on top. Crying
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 19, 2016 11:44 AM CST
No liner. Its in orchid bark in a super well-draining orchid pot, the kind with slits on the sides. I let water run through it about every 2 weeks. The pot has an attached drainage dish that sits above a shallow bowl of water and rock pebbles, never touching the pot dish. Sunlight is a premium during all this rain. But Ill find some!
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 19, 2016 12:17 PM CST
Phals don't like direct sunlight, unless it's very weak, early morning light, Cheryl. Be careful also because a sudden change of light conditions can blast the blooms. Move it slowly towards a window, but don't let the direct sun hit it.

Sometimes even good drainage isn't enough - the roots need to actually dry out between watering and big holes rather than slits in the sides of the pot are better for air movement to the roots.
Elaine

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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 19, 2016 1:13 PM CST
It helps to have sheer white curtain to diffuse strong light, I have that with our windows here, and my windows face west. But I also have tinted windows and shade from city trees. so light gets diffused, still by 4pm to 6pm strong light, so the curtains help.

If it is raining all day long on your side, I think you can safely open your blinds. Just remember to close it a bit again if your weather improves.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 19, 2016 2:50 PM CST
I have the shutters open but I will find more light. We are a shady garden all the way around. This time of year the sun does not shine into the house. I might be moving her outside slowly just to get into the spots with more light. Thanks, @Tarev. I was so excited to see this bloom for the second time for me. But now I see how picky it really is.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 19, 2016 3:02 PM CST
So is that a rebloom on an old spike? Sometimes the 2nd flush on the old spike is really not that strong at times, so oftentimes, some growers will just cut off the old spike even if it is still green, so the plant can redirect its energies to growing newer roots and leaves.

Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 19, 2016 3:05 PM CST
New spike. New growth. New flowers.
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Name: tarev
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tarev
May 19, 2016 3:07 PM CST
Ah okay, then maybe just tweak the light aspect a bit, hopefully it will respond. As long as it is not drying up that bud, it is still okay, just making you wait Big Grin
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 19, 2016 3:09 PM CST
Will do! Thumbs up Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 19, 2016 8:13 PM CST
I carrrrrefully peeled back the first two petals and BOINNNNG! They flower popped open about half way! Hoping for a bit of sun light tomorrow to help it fully open.

Then I looked further and there is another leaf forming. Smiling
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 19, 2016 9:52 PM CST
Cool! I wonder if a little breeze around will help, like a fan, but focus it away let the air bounce around from a wall, just so to simulate being outdoors with some breeze. Smiling I usually do that, run the ceiling fan, since it is not right at the Phals.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
May 27, 2016 11:54 AM CST
UPDATE
Both opened! Not as big as the originals, and I lost some buds, but I'll take these with pride as my first phal to rebloom for me. Hurray! Thanks for all you help and advice. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
May 27, 2016 4:17 PM CST
It is pretty! Lovey dubby

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