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Orienting Blooms

This is a discussion on Orienting Blooms within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Can anyone explain to me how to manipulate orchid blooms so that they will present ...

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    Can anyone explain to me how to manipulate orchid blooms so that they will present properly? I'm trying to work this out with a Cattleya, a huge phal, and a couple of paphs and phrags that just don't want to stand up straight and raise their heads at the right angle. I know it has to do with the light source and I'm not really screwed on these. I'm just trying to tweak them, and was wondering if anyone had any special tips. I have a southern facinf sliding glass door, and growlights everywhere that the sunlight doesn't get bright enough for my catts, oncids,, phrags, etc. So light actually comes from all different directions and I'm wondering if I should orient some of my plants towards the growlights (or under them?)


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    Just keep turning the buds several times, every day, they will bounce back to their original positions, but they will soon learn and turn to the direction you are turning them. Its a great tip i learnt from OS. Otherwise, you just leave them. You could try putting a stake in to hold the bud where you want it, but you are likely to cause rub marks on the sepals.

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    Works every time Lights or no lights

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    Generally, I do not recommend turning plants once they start to produce a bud. I do recommend staking early to ensure a nice presentation. In my experience, when moving or turning the direction of the developing spike and bud/ blooms - especially on orchids that have multiple flowers at relatively the same time, you get blooms facing different directions and this isn't very pretty. Keeping the plant facing its main light source seems to give the best presentation results for me. I'm sure others have different opinions and tactics that work well for them too. Good luck!

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    It depends somewhat with the flowers involved.

    With long sprays like Phals, an overhead lightsource seems to work best for flower orientation. In lieu of such, keep the light orientation the same as the buds develop.

    With catts, I seem to see a lot of "every which way" orientation with a stationary overhead light source though that might just be the particular catts I have. Particularly with catts and some paphs, the bud(s) and bloom(s) of some are so heavy that a 'drooping' orientation is unavoidable. Staking and/or wiring is often the only solution.

    Now getting to what Jordan was alluding to -- when the spike itself is nice and sturdy with good orientation but you have a few miscreant blooms that like some rebel teenagers are "acting out" and trying to go "their own way". The solution is simply -- TAKE AWAY THEIR CAR AND CELLPHONES!!! Er, sorry, wrong miscreants. Actually depending on what the problem is, there are two solutions. If it is a matter of buds orienting in a tight cluster which if left unchecked results in a very congested display, cottonballs or fiberfill (like what is sold for use in pillows and stuffed toys) can be inserted in between buds or flowers to push them away from each other. After a couple days, flowers/buds generally accept this guidance. If instead, one or more buds is oriented in a very different direction than the rest of the flowers, then, as Jordan indicated, the problem can often be remedied by gently giving the bud a twist in the direction needed for "proper" orientation. Twisting no more than a 1/4 turn at a time is generally recommended. Twisting will have to be repeated in most cases (I've done it a couple of times a day if I'm around and think of it). As the bud conforms to the direction you are imposing, you can continue giving a 1/4 turn to further increase its rotation until it is oriented correctly.




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    I have to agree with Bruce. After the buds appear I make sure the orchid is always in the same orientation. Just MHO

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