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Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
Jun 3, 2011 5:27 AM CST
...I'm ready to cull post haste a couple of my orchids. The main one is 'Mabel Kanda'. I've had it 4 yrs. without bloom. It's going in the compost bin in a couple hrs. lest someone can offer any advice.
As are the Otaara 'Fragrance' and 'Chia Lin'. Too much to do without having to put up with the tedium of orchids which don't bloom. Angry

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Jun 3, 2011 6:48 AM CST

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I would take them outside, get them used slowly now to more light and by July have them in really bright morning or late afternoon sun in your area. I know 'Mabel Kanda' needs absolutely full sun exposure here in NJ to bloom, ditto for the 'Chia Lin'.
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jun 4, 2011 5:23 AM CST
Great advice Ursula! I have not grown either! But Ursula has great luck with them, Lee.
Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
Jun 4, 2011 5:54 AM CST
Thanks Ursula, I procrastinated 'til some common sense hit me. I did take then outside and put them in the shade of a shed. With yours and Boo's advice, I'll do as instructed. Lee
Will keep you informed if I may.

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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jun 4, 2011 6:07 AM CST
Cool!
Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
Jun 4, 2011 6:26 AM CST
See Boo, I learning. Attitude is my next thing to work on as most would agree. L.

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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jun 4, 2011 8:17 AM CST
We all could work on that! Hilarious!
Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
Jun 4, 2011 8:35 AM CST
Boo, I've taken some pics of the orchids. Not good ones but in a little bit, I'll send them for yours and others critique. As a matter of fact, I'll try to get better ones before so.
Yes, we all, esp. me, could use an attitude adjustment. Lee

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Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jun 4, 2011 1:24 PM CST
Hilarious!
Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
Jun 4, 2011 1:55 PM CST
Thumb of 2011-06-04/kevin51/1a1b7a Blc.Goldenzelle 'Lemon Chiffon' x Blc. George King 'Serendipity'

Thumb of 2011-06-04/kevin51/58ff1c The infamous 'Mabel Kanda' GRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 6, 2011 10:20 AM CST
My turn to feel sad and ready to give up on my Grammatophylum Scriptum..haaay! Just a week or so ago, it seemed finally recovering, with a new growth, now that new growth has turned browed and mushy, even the new root it showed is doing the same...:-(

But, still hoping albeit not too much...have a question though, I know old pseudobulbs have eyes..how many do they typically have? So far the pseudobulb is still firm though a bit shrunk, but still green and firm..and the roots from what I see seems still viable..maybe it just hates semi-hydro method..or I just cannot provide the culture it needs...

Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jun 6, 2011 12:45 PM CST

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If that were me, I would take it out of the SH, clean up the dead stuff and hope you have another viable eye. I don't know about Grammatophyllums - Jim would know that, he grows it. Cattleyas have 2 eyes....
Name: Kathy
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boojum
Jun 6, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Don't know about eyes. Do you have some info to link to?
Another thing I've had luck with is sprinkling cinnamon in the pot of some plants that tend to rot.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jun 6, 2011 8:11 PM CST

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Here is something about the eyes
http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchidtalk/new-growers-ask-sen...
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jun 6, 2011 8:16 PM CST
Ha ha. They can get pretty funny over there! I have seen those eyes many times when I peel off the (paisley) wrapping when on the hunt for scale.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 7, 2011 8:34 AM CST
I do use cinnamon too for those getting rotten..sometimes it works, sometimes not...oh well, i will wait and see....just sad, of the few orchids I had, I never got this one to bloom.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Jun 7, 2011 9:52 AM CST
If it makes you feel any better...you are not alone in that!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 7, 2011 9:54 AM CST
Thanks Kathy Smiling On the flipside...yey, now I have a valid reason later to find a replacement Big Grin
Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jun 7, 2011 10:24 AM CST
My Grammatophylum scriptum is in bloom and I just posted it on the June Orchids of the month thread. I added a little commentary there but if you have additional questions, just ask. The photo here is from last year.

Jim
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