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To water or not to water....

This is a discussion on To water or not to water.... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a catasetum wine delight. I've been growing it under grow lights for almost ...

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    I have a catasetum wine delight. I've been growing it under grow lights for almost a year since I got it. It hasn't lost any leaves yet. I water it once a week and it grows in sphagnum moss and bark chips.

    I've seen it start to spike and when it comes time to water, I would water it. Then the spike started turning yellow and died. It grew a new spike and i water it again and the spike once again died back. Third time there was a spike. I decide not to water it for two week. It grew perfectly then I water it and guess what? It died back again.....

    Am I not suppose to water the catasetum when it's spiking....??? It's still green and has all its leaves still.
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    I know very little about this orchid but I think when the spike appears you are supposed to stop watering. Flowering is the indication that it is ready to go into its dormant period. When it finishes you then pretty much put it into storage until new growth appears in the spring. I'm sure someone who grows these will be along soon.
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    I think I also encountered the same problem with my Grosourdya appendiculata. It took months for a spike with a flower to develop and suddenly it just died off. I am also suspecting that watering is the cause as the water left on the spike too long. I hope someone will comment about this because it is very frustrating.

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    I have continued to water mine after a spike has formed, I have never had this problem, but know how you feel!

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    My Wine Delight has a single bloom that was successful. It had 2 spikes with 6 buds and only one made it. I have not allowed it to dry out since growth and watering began in the Spring 2016. I did stop fertilizing it at the end of September.

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    Mine wine delight also was fine developing spike and bloomed fine and i was watering it, it flowered two and one month ago.
    I was reading somewhere else other person has problem same as you. Maybe something else contribute to spike drop.
    Maybe its too hot under lights?
    I grow some under light (during cold time) and it can get pretty hot under HO T5 but meanwhile outside when it bloomed it was close to 90F too.
    Maybe humidity is low?

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    I have a Cycnoches pentadactylon that has stayed wet since springtime too. It has a newly emerging spike on it. I give it the same care as the Wine Delight. I hope it will be successful. I bought it after it bloomed last year.

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    Thanks for the replies. I suppose I'll just wait next year for it to bloom. I think it gave up on me. Lol. But if it does start to spike again, I think I'll try not to water it too much or at all, just treat it as it is dormant for now and see what I can do differently to prevent this from happening next year. I remember getting this when it was in bloom and it didn't die off when I watered it last year and I'll check out the lightening.

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    You should be getting it ready for dormancy. no more fertilizer (actually end fertilizing in September according to Fred Clarke, USA's Catasetum type king) and stop watering by mid-December or sooner if it has finished blooming. That is how I grow my Catasetum Alliance orchids. My Clowsia is close to blooming. It has already dropped it leaves (as Clowsia do) before blooming. Once the bloom cycle completes, I stop watering it. Both spikes on it are close to opening.

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