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Wilting flower? help

This is a discussion on Wilting flower? help within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Remember the dendrobium flower in the thread "Blooming Dendrobium" posted on August 26th? On the ...

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    Remember the dendrobium flower in the thread "Blooming Dendrobium" posted on August 26th? On the 26th the flower (first flower on the spike) was only open for a day or two. And today it wilted! Another flower that's near the tip of the other spike (even younger) has wilted and fallen off. I haven't moved it and I water it and I can't think of a reason why it'll be dropping flowers so early. Dens don't last only two weeks??? That's weird. My other dens last two months or more. Last time this one bloomed it lasted like 2.5 months or something.

    Any ideas why?

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    Some of the things that will cause bud blast are , drafts, excessive heat . scale on the spike/plant , over ripe fruit near it , gas leaks , and roots that are not in good condition.Last but not least they are evil ! I have had the same happen and not found out why . Sorry I know it is disappointing Gin

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    Lily, check if any scale or meallies are in the flower axils. Otherwise, it's like Gin said, any of those other things could cause that. Have you sprayed anything around your growing area recently, household cleaning products, air fresheners, anything like that? Those can make flowers wilt as well.

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    I checked the plant and it looks bugless.

    Two more flowers are wilting.

    Roots are fine...checked them. It's currently not in the growing area (moved it when spikes were barely 1-2 inches long). No fruits or temp probs. It's sitting on a shelf "for display" near the dining room, which is close to the kitchen. Of course, you need to cook and clean the kitchen...I thought the plant may be far away enough to be in the safe zone. Even the phal blooming alongside it is going well. Strange...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin
    they are evil ! I have had the same happen and not found out why . Sorry I know it is disappointing Gin
    Sometimes it really does seem like that--same happens here every once in a while too--buds will blast and flowers wilt and die for no apparent reason whatsoever, when things right beside the evil plant will be flowering away just like crazy. I really wish there was an answer I could tell you but I can't think of anything else to look for!

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