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This is a discussion on psychopsis within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, Back in the summer I wrote about my onc.mariposa papilio x kalihi psychopsis ...

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    Hi everyone,
    Back in the summer I wrote about my onc.mariposa papilio x kalihi psychopsis because the spike turned brown at the tip. I live on long island and it was outside for the summer. Well , the spike sent out a little green bump in August, and it has not grown larger. The plant is also growing two new leaves. I brought it indoors in October. It's planted in a clay pot with lava rock. I've been watering once a week and using 1/4 tsp.of bloom booster now, weekly. Is it normal to take soo long for a green bump to develop? Does anyone have any suggestions for improving my culture to get this orchid to bloom?

    Thanks for any help you have to offer.

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    My Psychopsis Mariposa 'Green Valley' finally has a green bump that I can see under the sheath, and its been over a month since it the spike stopped elongating. Diane told me to be patient. Mine is also growing new leaves and Diane said this can slow down the blooming. Your culture sound fine to me.

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    I was watering my Mariposa last week and nearly passed out - there was a 6" spike that wasn't there the last time I'd watered it. I was watering this week, and there was a 2" spike on the other side of the plant!

    My versteegianum, on the other hand has had a troubled year. Its 19" spike cooked in the horrid heat we had in August and browned off. I waited, as Diane suggested, and sure enough it started a new lead several bracts down the spike. That grew another 16" or so and then started browning off. On closer inspection, I found scale all over the upper portion. The little bastards killed it! So again I waited. Sure enough, a new growth has just started from the next bract down. So my spike is about 12" total, with 1/2" of new growth.

    Joan, I know they don't like to dry out, they don't like hot August days, and the really don't care for bugs. If it's growing new leaves, then it might just be preoccupied with that for the moment. New leaves are good - they'll supply more energy to the plant to encourage blooming. Is it getting enough light? And does your fertilizer have trace elements like Ca and Mg? Where on Long Island do you live? I grew up there.

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    Well, it may just be me but, usually my Pyschos bloom spring through fall. Winter, not so much you know?

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    Thank you everyone.

    My fertilizer has mg but no ca.

    I live on the South Shore, in Baldwin Julie. Where on the island are you from?

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    My dad taught in Brentwood his whole career, but we moved out to BluePoint when I was a kid, and my mom taught in Bayport. My sister lived in Wantagh until about 4 years ago (now in FL near my folks) and my brother just moved down there from Huntington a year ago.

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    Next time your Pyp dry out, do a hydrogen peroxide drench.

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    Sorry to come in late - my psychopsis all seem to bloom and grow year round. I came home from 2 week trip to find the Kahili just finishing 2 flowers, the Mariposa has 2 open and the Carolina gold has one open and one in bud. versteegianum had just finished before I left, has, as usual a bud following on behind. Papilio is forming first bud on new spike. That can take a couple months some times, especially when it's the first bud on a first spike.

    Species tend to take longer, grow slower than the hybrids.

    I have never had scale on the pyps, but on other plants I wipe off the scale with a paper towel dampened with malithion solution, then spray the infected plant. Repeat week later.

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    Thanks everyone.

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    I can hardly wait for my pyp to have its first spike. Congradulations everyone on having spikes.

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