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Rhyncostylis spike trapped with half flowers in basket half out

This is a discussion on Rhyncostylis spike trapped with half flowers in basket half out within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am not sure if anything can be done here but it looks to me ...

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    Default Rhyncostylis spike trapped with half flowers in basket half out

    I am not sure if anything can be done here

    but it looks to me like the buds that are trapped inside the basket are going to be destroyed as they get bigger.

    I would like to avoid this happening next time. Would it have been smarter to train the pendulant spike UP and over the basket?

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    awww.... I think ur right Alicia. I don't know if the spike will grow longer and pusht he whole thing out of the basket... I guess you know next time to keep an eye out for them and train the spike like you said.

    Make sure you show us how these turn out as well... I'm sure those flowers outside the basket will still make a lovely show!

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    perhaps take a small saw and cut away that portion of the basket... Just a thought... maybe one of those drimmel or rotter cutters would work.

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    I agree with Wolf. If you want to see the complete spike bloom in all of its glory, cut a small section out of the slat directly over where the spike passed through provided it will not compromise the stability/strength of the basket. From what I can see this is probably just fine to do here. Just go SLOW, we don't need a REAL disaster on our hands! LOL.

    My opinion about training it: be careful. I've broken several very young spikes in slatted basket grown orchids while trying to gently coax them up over a slat. What I've found works best is to take a small object that is wedge shaped and put it where the lead part of the spike is headed and this will force it grow up the incline of the wedge and over the top edge of the basket.. You have to do this early.

    Good luck and be sure to post a follow-up picture!

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    Thanks guys will try to modify the basket tomorrow.
    I will be sure to post pic's when there are blooms.

    Thanks also for the training tip mde your method sound great.

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    Hi Alicia,

    I have had that happen here before. Once the spike starts between the slats of the basket or even the wire of the bench, there is not much you can do. However, having said that, we have still had some beautiful blooms from where the spike emerged on the other side.

    If you do alter the basket, it might be better to remove the entire slat instead of cutting a slot. Those things are usually put together with nails, so it should be easier to remove than to cut. Whatever you do, best of luck to you!

    Cheers!
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    If the basket is put together with wire and it is the top slat sometimes you can straighten the wire where it goes through the slat and lift the slat off then rekink the wire on the next slat and replace it once the plant is through flowering . Otherwise I would cut the slat . Gin

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    Glad you posted the trapped spike , I looked at a coryanthes I have , guess what ! I had to take my own advice . Gin

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    Gin did the wire unwinding method work?

    The spike is free. The slat below the spike was cut and each piece rotated out till the blooming is done.

    Here is a picture.
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    Perfect! Looks great. Be to post a follow up when all of the blooms have opened.

    Matt

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