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losing spike help!!!

This is a discussion on losing spike help!!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I got a zygopetalum in bloom 2 weeks ago. To my surprise I ' discovered ...

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    Unhappy losing spike help!!!

    I got a zygopetalum in bloom 2 weeks ago. To my surprise I ' discovered that a new spike was coming out....now the tip of this spike is drying out.

    I think I' m watering enough, the plant looks really ok and the blooms that are already open are lasting long and are still beautyful.
    Any idea of what I' m doing wrong.
    Can it be becouse the humidity is lower than in the greenhouse where it comes from?

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    Or to much sun perhaps? I'm just guessing im a

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    can you posy a pic of the afflicked spike as that may give us a clue

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    Actually I could see the spike in beetween the almost closed leafes just a tiny little green tip (5 mm visible) wich is now turning dark brown but is so short I can't take a picture of it.....maybe rushing to much?

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    it sound like it might just be aborting the spike or there may have been water lodged there and destroyed the spike that way.

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    I was talking to a friend and he told me the same.
    I indeed looked better and that may be the reason....but I don't understand I only "lightly spray" the plants once a day could that be too much?
    At this time heating is on and should dry out quickly!




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    If the leaves form a bowl around the spike, some of the water you spray on will gather there and then it takes a lot longer for it to evaporate.. If water is collected around a new spike when your are misting you should get some paper towel, create a spike from it and gently place it in the water till it is sucked up

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    consider how much the air is moving down where the spike is coming from.The leaves might be moving,down there it will be still as

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    If you have almost any genus in Subtribe Zygopetalinae blooming at this time, they need to be somewhat dry... I agree with everyone else who posted, the excess water (or watering at this time of year in general) most likely caused the spike to abort...

    Right now, the Zygopetalinae need a little dry period. However, if you have the smaller genera (Chondrorhyncha, Kefersteinia, Stenia, etc.), they need a misting a few times a week during the dry season... your Zygopetalum, along with all the Zygopetalinae genera, will appreciate nice air flow... good luck, hope it still tried to put out another spike!

    -Pat

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