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Phrag Besseae Help

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    Hello! I'm new to the website and fairly new to orchids. I've had a collection growing for a few years now. Last year I purchased a phrag besseae. It finally spiked, twice, but both times the spike died before flowering. It gets the right amount (I think) of sun, fertilizer, air circulation, water, etc.. I have a rain barrel so it gets the right kind of water. What do you think is the reason for my troubles? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    Can you post a few images of the Phrag in question?

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    Here are a few photos of the orchid. You can see the first spike I've already cut off. The second spike has turned brown. Other than that the plant looks like it's in good shape, I think.
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    The foliage looks good. Have you checked the roots? It may have simply aborted the spike due to a poor root system.

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    I bought it in March from a really reliable grower. I haven't repotted it yet. Could that be it? It does have a few new growths that look healthy.

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    My guess is temperature or water. Since you are getting a spike, the light and fertilizer is good, so either temp or water (too much - too little - possibly due to poor root system or improper watering/ humidity during spiking). Sometimes temperature can cause this to happen too. The plant gets a cold blast or a heat blast and the spike/bud aborts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    My guess is temperature or water. Since you are getting a spike, the light and fertilizer is good, so either temp or water (too much - too little - possibly due to poor root system or improper watering/ humidity during spiking). Sometimes temperature can cause this to happen too. The plant gets a cold blast or a heat blast and the spike/bud aborts.

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    Exactly, Bruce. I'd also recommend potting in a clear plastic pot so you can keep an eye on the roots.

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    Thanks for the help. I'll repot it into a clear plastic pot. What should good roots look like with this type of orchid?

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    This is my Phrag. Paul Eugene Conroy. Kinda hard to get a good shot of this but it has 2 spikes. Hope this helps and good luck.
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