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    I am a new member and would like to get help for my bulb sumatranum 'A-doritil'. I have had the plant for about a year ( I am in Miami), it does grow, has not bloomed and the tips of the leaves are turning brown. What am I doing wrong. The plant is in low light and I keep it moist like I was told when I bought it. I feed my orchids about every 10 days. Thanks for any help.

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    If the tips of the leaves are turning brown, I am going to guess it is getting salt build up from fertilizer in the pot. When was it last repotted? Do you flush the medium with pure water at least once a week? If you can post up a photo, members here may feel better about offering advice. See the link in my signature on how to post photos.

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    Thanks for welcoming me to orchid talk and thanks for replying. Uhhhhh, I have NEVER flushed my plant with 'pure' water, I will do that tomorrow. I repotted the plant about a year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maya View Post
    Thanks for welcoming me to orchid talk and thanks for replying. Uhhhhh, I have NEVER flushed my plant with 'pure' water, I will do that tomorrow. I repotted the plant about a year ago.
    If that is the case, I am pretty sure it is salt build up from the orchid food. Best repot and remember to flush the pot at least once the watering after feeding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    If that is the case, I am pretty sure it is salt build up from the orchid food. Best repot and remember to flush the pot at least once the watering after feeding.

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    I will repot and flush the plant this morning.Thanks for the help. Any hints how I could convince the plant to flower for me? After all that is why I bought it right :-)

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    Most likely you need to increase the amount of light the plant is getting. Nine out of ten times an orchid that is mature enough to bloom that isn't blooming on a regular schedule is because it doesn't get enough light. If you can post a photo of the plant, it would help because we all could see the color of the leaves and determine if it is a light issue more easily. I will go out on a limb and say that it probably is a light problem if the plant is mature enough to bloom, you are feeding it and it is growing well and is not blooming.

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    Hi Maya this specie actually is very easy to bloom, what you need to do keep the plants dry make sure the pbulb is not shriveled. In the wild they blooms several time especially during the dry season maybe Bruce right however another condition that I always noted the tips turning brown here due to another disease which I need to cut the affected side so far it's work for me.Zain

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    Ok. I will try to post a photo... I have phals, this one is with the phals, the phals are blooming... thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Most likely you need to increase the amount of light the plant is getting. Nine out of ten times an orchid that is mature enough to bloom that isn't blooming on a regular schedule is because it doesn't get enough light. If you can post a photo of the plant, it would help because we all could see the color of the leaves and determine if it is a light issue more easily. I will go out on a limb and say that it probably is a light problem if the plant is mature enough to bloom, you are feeding it and it is growing well and is not blooming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maya View Post
    Ok. I will try to post a photo... I have phals, this one is with the phals, the phals are blooming... thanks.
    I have the photo, but I am not able to post it, technical issue, I will try to figure that one out tonight and then post it. I cannot look at your link in how to post a picture the blog does not let me.

    Quote Originally Posted by zainal abidin View Post
    Hi Maya this specie actually is very easy to bloom, what you need to do keep the plants dry make sure the pbulb is not shriveled. In the wild they blooms several time especially during the dry season maybe Bruce right however another condition that I always noted the tips turning brown here due to another disease which I need to cut the affected side so far it's work for me.Zain
    Hi Zain
    Dry season? I was told to keep the plant moist.....

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    Hi Maya,

    Not sure what you mean by "the blog will not let me" in regard to the link in my signature. Anyway, here is the link in the thread: How to Post Photos in OrchidTalk

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    Here is a link to my plant. I hope this works.

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