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unhappy L jongheana

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    I've been so excited about this little plant doing well. I got it as a seedling a few years ago and it grows wonderfully. Today the latest batch of growths decided to open their leaves only to show me that I managed to grow eight buds...Every last one of them is brown and shriveled. Two each on the four new growths! It would have been the first blooming.



    I had to have been doing something right to get the buds in the first place. I severed the rhizome a while ago. Would that have caused enough stress to blast them? I brought it indoors whenever the cold was too threatening. But buds that develop inside an unopened leaf shouldn't be harmed by the change in environment should they? I'm happy/sad/confused/angry.
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    did you give it enough water when in growth period?
    Did you used to be located in New Orleans?

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    I gave less during the cooler periods. Of course it was generally sunny, windy, and cool. Maybe it got too thirsty. I'm liberal with water when it's warm out. It's potted in a mix of bark and LECA. About 1/2 and 1/2.
    I've never lived in NOLA. I moved to Florida from Northern California this past summer. The plants like the change more than I do.
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    Sorry to hear that. hope rest of the buds bloom for you.

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    I judge the amount of water on their growth season and not ambient temps. Otherwise, you seem to be growing it well...Hopefully it will bloom next year for you! I know people that grow these in an all inorganic medium.

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    It's possible that the buds rotted. Maybe next year will be better.

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    Thank you both for the input! Wade, what would cause them to rot?
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    I'm thinking that maybe water got trapped in the leaf as the flower spike was developing. Many of the rupicoleous Laelias have something almost like a sheath at the juncture of the leaf and pseudobulb. It's possible that water could get trapped in there during development of the flowers. Next year try stripping that sheath. This is only a possibility. I do know I've lost spikes to water at the base of the leaf on several Cattleya alliance - especially ones that do not develop a sheath.

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    Ah... jongheana has no sheath. The buds develop inside the developing leaf. Almost like a pea pod. It's closed pretty tight. When the buds are ready the leaf opens up. That's what has me so confused. The buds are very well protected. I have a Laelia that does develop a sheath and I try to keep it from staying too damp.
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    It was a theory, Jason. I hope you get better results next year. Something caused it and I hope it was a fluke.

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