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paph concolor

This is a discussion on paph concolor within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought a small, budding concolor a couple of weeks ago at my local OS ...

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    I bought a small, budding concolor a couple of weeks ago at my local OS meeting from a vendor. I put it in primarily shady conditions in my sunroom and the bud has not really been growing much.

    Is it just adjusting to my conditions or does it need higher light?

    Thanks!

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    concolor likes it fairly bright. not nearly catt levels, but definitely higher than a phal.

    some paphs can take a while to develop their buds...I don't recall concolor being one of them, but you never know.

    and of course you have other issues, like temperature changes (cooler temps will slow down bud development but will not adversely impact blooming as long as the temps are within the range for the plant), underwatering, overwatering (leading to root rot), humidity issues, and sometimes paphs just blast their buds in response to an environmental change (although this happens much much much less frequently than with, say, phals).

    but based on what you're telling us, I'd move it to slightly higher light. and remember that brachys like pure water low in salts (resist the urge to fertilize), and they really hate soggy medium. as long as the water is pure, you can let them dry out a bit between waterings.

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    Thanks, Jason. I didn't know any of that (pure water, higher light, etc).

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    You didn't mention how advanced the bud was. In my experience, the most dangerous time for losing paph buds is when they are just emerging from the sheath....95% of lost paph buds are lost at that stage. The problem is, that it is not easy to tell if the bud has died, because they are still small and mostly hidden. Any paph bud that appears in a sheath, and then shows no progress should be investigated. If dead, it will be brown and eventually will be noticably dry.Yes, they are slow....very slow in the case of parvis...but progress will be seen if they are alive and well. Now if the bud is well advanced, and doesn't grow, the issue could well be adjustment to new growing conditions. At least a well developed bud is obvious when it dies. If the bud is still plump, it is OK. Take care, Eric Muehlbauer...whose micranthum bud is still alive..at the moment

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    The spike is about an inch tall, this is on a pretty small plant. It is still plump but not really growing much. However, there is also a tiny 2nd bud there now??

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    concolor typically produces 2-4 flowers, even up to 5, depending on the clone and maturity. even first bloomers will usually produce at least 2 blooms.

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    Default concolor

    While I have occasionall seen single blooms on concolor, concolor is reliably multifloral over all. Usually 2 blooms, frequently 3....but as the previous poster mentioned some clones will produce more flowers. More importantly, it sounds like your plant's spike is still alive and growing, so you can relax...also, most concolors do not produce a long flower stalk...while its a giant compared to bellatulum, most concolors have stalks no more than 3" (to the first bud). Take care, Eric

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