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    That's too bad. I don't know what happened but there are people far more knowledgeable than I here so hopefully someone can tell us both. Almost looks as if they tried to be pods before they were flowers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    That's too bad. I don't know what happened but there are people far more knowledgeable than I here so hopefully someone can tell us both. Almost looks as if they tried to be pods before they were flowers
    Yes, it's weird. I hope someone could tell us what happened and what to do now

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    Hi! Here's a new picture. I can't find a similar behaviour on the Internet.

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    The other sheath looks the same...

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    I'm really curious about what happened here! I know some orchids will self pollinate without ever opening and in extreme cases in the sheath but I've not heard of unifoliate Cattleya being so bashful.

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    Another person told me that maybe it was the cold the responsible for making the flower buds look like that. But I don't know, I live in the tropics, my city always have a temperature between 66F-79F. January is usually the coldest month, with a temperature range of 57F-61F from night till sunrise and during the day the max temperature is 79F. I don't know if that range it's too cold for this type of orchid. I think there's nothing left but to wait. I guess the buds will bloom eventually, perhaps the next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvester2015 View Post
    Another person told me that maybe it was the cold the responsible for making the flower buds look like that. But I don't know, I live in the tropics, my city always have a temperature between 66F-79F. January is usually the coldest month, with a temperature range of 57F-61F from night till sunrise and during the day the max temperature is 79F. I don't know if that range it's too cold for this type of orchid. I think there's nothing left but to wait. I guess the buds will bloom eventually, perhaps the next month.
    I don't think its a temperature problem and I don't think those will bloom. I'd get rid of the plant if it does it again unless you can figure out what happened and correct that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris in Hamilton View Post
    I don't think its a temperature problem and I don't think those will bloom. I'd get rid of the plant if it does it again unless you can figure out what happened and correct that.
    Yes, I thought so. But the plant has more than 10 pseudobulbs that have already bloomed in the past and the plant nursery is supposed to use those flowers for floral arrangements. I don't think they would have maintained a plant with this behavior (it is a reputable nursery here in my city). Maybe it was the change in growing conditions. I'll wait to see what happens. Also I'll go to the nursery to see if the others orchids that they have looks the same and to get some information. I already have in mind buying another Cattleya mossiae (from another nursery just in case ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by harvester2015 View Post
    Yes, I thought so. But the plant has more than 10 pseudobulbs that have already bloomed in the past and the plant nursery is supposed to use those flowers for floral arrangements. I don't think they would have maintained a plant with this behavior (it is a reputable nursery here in my city). Maybe it was the change in growing conditions. I'll wait to see what happens. Also I'll go to the nursery to see if the others orchids that they have looks the same and to get some information. I already have in mind buying another Cattleya mossiae (from another nursery just in case ).
    Well, if it had bloomed in the past it will again. Definitely take pictures to the nursery. They should know what happened.

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    You should probably not be alarmed this time. I have a mossiae and one year it produced buds that looked like those on your plant. When the flowers actually opened I found that they looked like aliens. Actually, they were so ugly that I just cut them off. The following year the flowers were more perfect than ever. What happened that year when it produced the alien flowers remains a mystery. I talked to a friend at our local orchid society and he said that Cattleya plants sometimes produce weird flowers for no particular reason. But I have also had some Cattleyas that constantly produced deformed flowers and those had to go.

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    Hi! I still didn't had time to go to the nursery to get some information about what might be happened with this orchid. But here are new pictures. One of the buds seems like it aborted. The others looks like they're still growing... Lets wait to see how it will end
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