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Downward growth on paph

This is a discussion on Downward growth on paph within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a Paph Shireen that is sending a new growth shoot downwards - into ...

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    I have a Paph Shireen that is sending a new growth shoot downwards - into the growing medium. It isn't hung up on anything, and it isn't attempting to follow the light. Do you think it will eventually come to it's senses?
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    I see no reason to worry. It will likely work itself into the proper position, or is, but just doenst look like it. I've had plenty of plants that looked like they were dying right before they grew vigorously, or even bloomed.

    dont think too much about it - its likely got its own little biological plan, as it were, that its following. Give it a while and see what happens, would be my advice. Nothing technical or super procedure oriented, just my two cents. Hope it helps.

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    I think if it were my plant I would take one of my plastic tags and lay it underneath the new growth and leave it there for a while to encourage it to go the other way and maybe avoid fungal actitivity as a result of contact with the media.

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    Make sure that part of the plant is turned to be facing the source of light. I wouldn't worry, I have one doing something similar.

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    Not to worry. It is just starting its growth. It should be fine. I would do as Diane suggests: rotate the new growth toward a bit better light.

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    Agreeing with all said... nothing to worry about it. I wouldn't suggest putting anything under the growth, only because the growth might damage itself (causing mishapen leaves when matured) or it might rot off (from the miniscule amount of accumulated water)... it just needs time...

    Perhaps one of the parents in this hybrid is from Section Barbata, or has Paph. micranthum or Paph. armeniacum in it (I don't know anything about the hybrids)... it will eventually grow out correctly, just will be a while.

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    Thanks for the advice! I'm concerned about trying to redirect it manually ( with my luck it would snap off for sure) so I have moved it closer to the light and will be patient. As you've all said before - orchids will do what they want, when they want, how they want.
    It's a nice healthy plant, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahon View Post
    Perhaps one of the parents in this hybrid is from Section Barbata, or has Paph. micranthum or Paph. armeniacum in it (I don't know anything about the hybrids)... it will eventually grow out correctly, just will be a while.

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    Shireen is glaucophyllum x philipinense. I agree with everyone else, just leave it alone and it will do what it wants.

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