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Flower Deterioration

This is a discussion on Flower Deterioration within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I'm a newbie and bought all my orchids when in bloom. phals are doing ...

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    Question Flower Deterioration

    Hi, I'm a newbie and bought all my orchids when in bloom. phals are doing fine and some of them have new baby leaves but I have some problems with others. One of them is a Burr. Nelly Isler (an oncidium) but other three are noid. I searched a lot and found that two of the are Colmanara's and other on is Zygopetalum. All this four orchids have some degrees offlower deterioration. Burr. Nelly Isler has still buds on its spike but all the flowers have deteriorated.

    I'm misting them everymorning and watering heavily weekly. They're on the east facing window without direct sunlight. I'm also ventilating the growing area. Although I'm supplemanting with plant fixtures, lighting is somewhat low.

    Do you thing that it is a sign of unhappiness? What should I do?

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    Firochromis,

    Oncidium alliance plants (this includes your Colmanaras, as well as the Burrageara) have much more short-lived flowers than Phals do, so the deterioration you're witnessing may be perfectly natural. Also, if you bought the plants in bloom, it's possible the flowers were damaged in transit. (Possibly en route from the grower to the retailer.) How long have you had the plants? How soon after getting the plants did you notice the "deterioration" of the flowers?

    I don't have much experience with Zygos, but I believe their blooms are even more short-lived than Oncidium alliance plants.

    How does the foliage look? From what I've read in your description of growing conditions, it sounds like you're doing the right things for your plants. Therefore the deterioration of the flowers is not indicating unhappy plants. If, however, the foliage is also wilting, you may have something wrong.

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    All is probably well , if they were bought in bloom it is hard to tell how long the blooms were on them when you got them . Watering depends on how much air flow there is plus the humidity you have and what they are potted in , most like to be moist ( not wet wet ) when blooming . Hope this helps .. Gin * laughing * Fast fingers Rob beat me to it

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    Oh, your answers somewhat relaxed me. :action-sm

    Up to now I'm a cactus-man, so I was suspecting that I'm underwatering the orchids. In fact most newbies suffer from overwatering, but it's vice versa for me. BTW, relative humidity is approximately %50-%60 nowadays.

    Yes, I bought them in bloom for almost a month ago and I'm observing the "deterioration" in the past a few days. Their folliage seems okay to me. Oncidium-alliance are harder to observe than phals, because they have more folliage. But I'm almost sure that, they have new folliage. By the end of this week I will complete the phase 1 of my growing room, so I think they'll be happier (so will I).

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    I have a few cactus , and have to remind myself to keep my hands off the watering can , so far so good Gin

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    I have all of one cactus.

    It has ferns growing in its pot--I'm not very good at keeping away from the watering can.....

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    Sounds like you have one dead former catus and a nice selection of ferns....

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    No, not at all! The cactus is doing great--flowering like crazy the past few weeks, too. It's just a strange place here, that's all. Cactus seems to think it's a fern.....

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