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Mutant orchids

This is a discussion on Mutant orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I seem to be in bit of a pickle... It appears that a lot of ...

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    I seem to be in bit of a pickle...

    It appears that a lot of the plants I grow become mutants. Den nobile flowers six months too early, I have spots on my Cymbid petals, petals split in two before they've come out of the shealth, my Bletilla's are emerging from the soil not even halfway through winter etc etc.

    What I was wondering is whether anyone else has mutant orchids. Note that steaking caused by diseases or viruses.

    Do you think is should breed with them?

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    I don't know how the weather is in Johannesburg, but if it is like Southern California, my ground plants - like bletilla or tulips or cyclamen - all pop up way earlier than in the rest of the country. I get flowers from them in January, which is supposed to be the dead of winter...

    Or perhaps it's that cat getting even with you for the lime helmet... BTW thanks for the link to that picture, my whole email family loved it!

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    Praveer, is your watering schedule even? Or do you water quite a bit for several weeks and then let things dry out more than usual before watering again?

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    Nope. I pretty much water the orchids once a week now that we're in the dead of winter. The air is very dry, necessitating the weekly water. I'm not at home during daylight hours to be able to mist them.

    I kept the soil of the bletilla barely moist after the leaves died down, and only began to water them when I noticed the new growth.

    It could also be the weather wreaking havoc on the plants. We've experience the hottest winter I can remember. Most spring flowerers are already blooming, and it seems like the cold fronts are just about to hit, which is going to spell disaster for gardeners.

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    Are you using hormones on your plants, such as superthrive or KLN?

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    Nope. I was watering with plain water till I saw the growths. Since then I've been fertilising it with guano every two weeks.

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    A lot of these problems sound like you have too much giberellins coming from somewhere. Perhaps the guano.

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