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Jun 7, 2020 10:23 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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I have had this variegated Arachnis Maggie Oe for a long time. It keeps growing and looking very happy but has never bloomed. What can I do to get it to commit? It gets fertilized weekly with 20-20-20 plus minors and trace.
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Jun 7, 2020 10:58 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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I will go back to my old standby education point, if an orchid is mature, the number one reason that it does not bloom is improper light.
Just a quick look on line told me some sun in general was needed so Gina, that is what I am suggesting.
If the orchid can't be moved easily to a sunnier spot, and it doesn't necessarily mean a huge increase in light is needed, but a change to 20% more light might make the difference.
But even if that can't be done, can you move a plant or two from above the Arachnis?? That might increase the light enough.
Good luck!
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Jun 7, 2020 11:04 AM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 38 years
Aroids Region: Florida Tropicals
I can find another spot for it, sure! Those Anthuriums above it can't move, they are wayyyy to heavy. But the orchid, I can relocate.
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Jun 7, 2020 2:58 PM CST
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Gina, I think that is the same plant I also had for many years, it grew ok, never bloomed and slowly petered out. I wasn't crying when I finally pitched it. Grown in full sun/maximum light in NJ. Yours looks better than mine did!
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