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This is a discussion on Sneaky Orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have seen others post threads about how an orchid flowered before the owner even ...

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    I have seen others post threads about how an orchid flowered before the owner even noticed it was going to happen. I have always thought how impossible that is. We all watch our babies like crazy. Well, yesterday it happened to me! I was watering and noticed that a new lead on one of my Catts had started to open buds!!! Where did those come from! This orchid blasted it's first set of buds, has 2 dry sheaths and didn't even produce a sheath this time! I am NOT complaining because I am going to get BLOOMS!!!!! I will post pics when it finishes blooming.

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    hehe now when did that happen? oh yes, when i had my Chiloglottis cornuta, i noticed 3 fat plumb buds on the little guys, and the next day i saw the opened blooms lying about 5cm from the plants....damned snails.

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    Congratulations on your up and coming blooms Jonada. I am sure that helped make your day. You got me thinking when you wrote about "no sheath". It made me wonder if I will ever really understand these orchids. Just when I think I have got the care down pat to bloom a particular kind, its like the rules change. Certainly keeps you going don't you think? AL

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    It certainly does!! And I feel the same way, Al. You never, never know for sure what will happen next. This same plant came to me with 3 green sheaths. I watched one of them fill up with three fat buds, they started to emerge and then they withered. Since then, the two remaining sheaths have since dried, but I have heard that they may still bloom, so I am leaving them. I didn't even think this growth was mature enough TO bloom. I am very happy though. And I am now watching my C. skinnieri alba that has a beautiful new growth that is nearly as large as the old ones. Hoping

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    Good for you. Glad you found them before they were drying up!

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    Ok, here we go. I finally got pics of my new blooms. Sorry they aren't great, but I took them with my cell phone. This is Slc. Jeweler's Art "Waiomao Plum" HCC/AOS. I saved my 1000th post for these pics!!


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    Let me be the first to congratulate you Jonada. For such vivid, beautiful colors on these Cattleya blooms you don't have to have a perfect photo anyway. AL

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    Why thank you, AL. I am enjoying them very much. Now I just hope they last.

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    Beautiful! And congrats on that 1000th post!

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    Thanks, Kathi. Now I can go back to being more chatty. I was saving my 1000th for the pics.

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