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Stubborn Zygopetalum

This is a discussion on Stubborn Zygopetalum within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I bought this Zygopetalum ( NOID ) in bloom a couple of years ago from ...

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    I bought this Zygopetalum (NOID) in bloom a couple of years ago from a grocery store.
    Since then, this plant has just produced new growths year after year, but no flowers.
    I have it sitting next to my cattleyas so it gets the same light, water and fertilizers as the cattleyas. The cattleyas are blooming just fine, but no such luck for this zygo.

    Is there any trick to inducing blooms for zygopetalums? do they need a cooldown period or anything?
    Do they need even more light than cattleyas?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Here's the zygopetalum in a 6 inch clay pot. This was recently repotted from a 4 inch clay pot.


    Here is a picture of the flowers when I originally purchased the plant. (Yes I still have pictures going back to 2007 )

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    Hi John,

    I *thought* zygos were easy - until mine up and died. It bloomed for several years under conditions suitable for oncidiums. In the cold months of the year the greenhouse gets down to the mid 50s and in the summer up to 95 sometimes. I am not sure why it died. I suspect it needed to be repotted and that just didn't happen. Good luck with yours.

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    I have a Bolopetalum. I don't know if this helps since it's only half Zyg, but it is right next to an Oncidium. I try to keep it moist when growing, and even when it's not in active growth, I try not to let it dry out completely. It has bloomed before for me under these conditions and has five fattening buds right now.

    I hope yours will be more cooperative in the future.

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    Thanks for the info.
    Since this is sitting next to the catts, it goes through the same drying period in between waterings as the catts.
    I will move it closer to one of the misting nozzles and see if that extra moisture helps.

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    I have a Zygo. Jumping Jack.I got it bud, in Dec. 2009, keep it with my Catts.,(in SH). and it just rebloomed last month. Many more flowers this time.
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    I live in Monterey, CA and I set mine outside in October to get a cold period.
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    Watering is the same as most Oncids, at least that's what I do.

    Well, it looks pretty healthy and a good size. But, the leaves on your Zygo look pretty green and flawless, I've been told by a nursery grower that some the varieties won't bloom unless they've got that trademark black spotting you sometimes see on Oncid leaves. I'd try increasing light intensity on it, higher light=uglier leaves=better blooms.

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    I have one Zygo (Zygoneria Adelaide Meadows) and it bloomed twice last year.....Feb. and July. It is in S/H. I don't know if you grow any of your orchids in S/H, but if not, you may want to try it. My Zygo seemed to be happy potted like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    I bought this Zygopetalum (NOID) in bloom a couple of years ago from a grocery store.
    Since then, this plant has just produced new growths year after year, but no flowers.
    I have it sitting next to my cattleyas so it gets the same light, water and fertilizers as the cattleyas. The cattleyas are blooming just fine, but no such luck for this zygo.

    Is there any trick to inducing blooms for zygopetalums? do they need a cooldown period or anything?
    Do they need even more light than cattleyas?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Here's the zygopetalum in a 6 inch clay pot. This was recently repotted from a 4 inch clay pot.


    Here is a picture of the flowers when I originally purchased the plant. (Yes I still have pictures going back to 2007 )

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