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This is a discussion on My new plants! within the Eye Candy forums, part of the Land Plants category; I had an equestris doing the same thing, Bruce. It got hit with some sort ...
I had an equestris doing the same thing, Bruce. It got hit with some sort of rot, so I had to chop the spikes to be nice to the plant. Unfortunately, I can't say what will boost it to blooms.
But it has to be one of the usual suspects: light, water, temp, fert. The species are so fussy! I read today about how some Dends best bloom if you go heavy water/fert followed by little/water fert, and repeat until they bloom.
Unfortunately, neither Christensen nor Cootes offer any info on culture.
PS - It is native to the Philippines - ask Nelson!
I would love to see a picture of your hieroglyphica when you get a chance. The whole plant and the blooms. It is interesting comparing species because there has been much confusion over the last 5 years about proper names and mislabelings, etc.
The last few photos in that post are the hieroglyphica from September. It looks SOOO much better now, but I have not had a chance to photograph it yet.
It's probably putting too much energy into the keiki...you should cut it off immediately and send it to.....hmmm, well I guess I could take it...I'm sure that would give it the boost it needs to bloom.
I wish I had a real answer for you--I would love to see those blooms too.
I've been looking for a Phal. hieroglyphica and none of the places I usually go have them. If anyone knows a good source (besides Bruce's keiki) please PM me. Otherwise I will continue to await the blooming ID and eventual orchid bids auction mentioned previously.
Murgdan, I'm willing to bet it species fussiness. My equestris was fine until it produced multiple spikes that didn't develop. Then they sapped the leaf.
That's the the time to jettison the spikes, but it's important to understand what the plant wanted that it wasn't getting. Hopefully so we learn. My equestris experience sounds like Bruce's with the heiro.
In any case with such a nice sized plant you are sure to get more spikes next time...but I know it stinks cutting off one spike...much less 10 of them!
So how about cutting half or three quarters of the spikes and sacrificing only a few leaves? But if you can't bear to butcher your beauty, send it to McJulie for 'treatment'. she has a salad shooter at the ready Seriously, I hope all works out for the best. So how are the broms Gin unloaded on you doing????
I don't know what to do about the spikes. I may just cut off a few of them and see if that helps. (I cannot believe I am even thinking about this! )
Well, somewhere on here I told you folks that I cut off the spikes on the phal that would not bloom, Phal. hieroglyphica. Well to my delight and total surprise, the darn thing put up more spikes and this time is going to bloom. I have two fat buds. I cannot believe it. I have been waiting on this guy to do something besides spike since back in Sept. 2006. Here he is. Wish me luck. Maybe I will see two flowers at least!