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Question: Why are my buds shrivelling?

This is a discussion on Question: Why are my buds shrivelling? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all, Happy Easter/Spring solstice! I purchased a lovely phal with a lot of buds ...

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    Cool Question: Why are my buds shrivelling?

    Hi all,
    Happy Easter/Spring solstice!

    I purchased a lovely phal with a lot of buds about 1.5 weeks ago. I did not water it, put it in indirect bright light with about 40% humidity and temps 67-72, and looked at it today to see if the very small buds at the end of the spike were opening yet.
    It appears that the bud stem of each is weak looking and the buds have a shrivelled appearance. The flowers in bloom are gorgeous and there are larger healthy buds on the plant. The roots are very healthy.

    Is it just that the tiny buds did not receive enough nourishment to bloom?

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    Is there sufficient moisture in the medium to keep the plant hydrated?
    Flower production uses up water and if there is not enough supply, then the young flower buds are the first to be sacrificed.

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    Another possibility, since you just brought it home, is that the buds are "blasting" due to the move and their new conditions. Unfortunately, this often happens and is not a reflection on your care.

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    I would agree. Many times just moving an orchid in bud around or bringing it inside the home will cause the buds to blast. Sorry.

    Cheers,
    BD

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