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This is a discussion on Show us your growing area! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by Joan Thank you Diane. I am so looking forward to seeing your ...

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    Thank you Diane. I am so looking forward to seeing your psychopsis photos.
    I really appreciate it.
    Here are a couple pictures. One shows buds fairly far along, the other a newer bud, but you can see in the first picture the secondary buds starting to form. These are both previously bloomed Psychopsis. I have one first bloom coming along, but it already has a bud, so it wouldn't be much help to you... You will notice a slight color and shape change in the spike when it decides to create the first bud. If it gets brown that's not usually a good sign. Give it a little extra water when you first notice any change at the end of the spike indicating a bud. It will first appear as a swelling, then you can detect the bud, then it will start to show some spots of color.

    Hope this helps. If the first bud aborts, dont cut the spike!! It will grow a new start around the aborted bud.

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    my living room window is waiting to be shown- but how do you post a pic and what ia an URL?

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    Click the button said "insert image" (just above the message box), then paste the link address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in NYC View Post
    my living room window is waiting to be shown- but how do you post a pic and what ia an URL?
    You can also upload the photo by clicking the paperclip icon in the reply box. When you do this, you get a popup window that will allow you to upload an image from your computer or you can insert an image you have already put on the internet by typing in the link (url) to the image.

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    Default psychopsis

    Hi Diane,
    Thanks for Your wonderful photos. They really show me what should happen.: So far all I have at the end of the spike is a slight swelling. I hope all the recent rain we've had here in NY will help the brown tip, Unless of course an insect chewed a bit. Does it take long for a bud to develop? My second spike broke off all the way down at the root of it and I don't see any sign of a new one but I do see what looks like a new leaf beginning. Seems like an awful lot of action happening all at one time . A lot of stress for the plant you think??
    Thanks so much for taking the time to photograph your orchids and forward them. I really appreciate it. You're a gem!!

    Joan

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    As long as the swelling continues, you haven't got a problem - you've got a bud!! And if the bud does fail, just be patient, another will branch off. As for the new growth - these guys are gluttons for punishment. Once they start going, they grow and spike at the same time. The new growth could be another spike or a new bulb. Either is good news.

    Keep me posted on how it is doing...

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    Thanks a bunch Diane. You've given me great information.
    I'll let you know how this baby is doing.





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    Hi Joan,

    I have a Psychopsis versteegianum in spike, but with no buds showing yet. During the very hot weather we had a few weeks back, the tip turned brown as was clearly done.

    At Diane's excellent suggestion, I did nothing, letting the plant sort out for itself how to recover.

    A branch has since emerged from the spike, several bracts down and is looking good! The spike above the branch is browning, but I'm cutting nothing off!

    First pic is the browned spike tip, then the new branch, and finally the whole spike.

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    Hi Julie,
    Thanks so much for sharing your photos and experience. It's a big help. Very positive and encourageing.

    So far nothing is happening to the spike. It's rained again and I fertilized with a bloom booster and K-L-N. I've been checking this orchid 10 times a day. Too much watching?? A watched orchid never changes?? Oh! I do a lot of expectant waiting.



    Joan

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    Stop feeding it everything except basic fertilizer, and then go very easy. Don't fuss now, it's an Oncidium, remember. Hardy. Ignore it a little.

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