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Catt's ? Flower?

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    Default Catt's ? Flower?

    I have some Catt's in flower now and some that are sending up "shoots" as are in the attached pics....but no flower spikes. They just are green for a time then turn brown. They are only on the new growth. So my question is, "What are they and why no flower?" My other question is about Paph's. I get a flower spike and it elongates and then turns brown and never opens...so what am I doing wrong? Water? Temperature? Light? What?????
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    It could be that this plant blooms from dry sheaths...

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    I agree with Clint ,Also it might need a (touch) more light just a touch . Gin

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    I see a nice healthy looking spike with buds on it in the background of the first pic!!

    And thanks for posting this. I just bought an Lc Gold Digger that's in sheath and the sheaths have lumps in them, but are turning yellow.... I was scared.... your post helped!

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    Sara,

    Gold Digger is a Fall/Winter bloomer. You should have flowers soon!

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    Thanks!

    It's actually a really big-pbulbed healthy plant... looks like this will be 2nd and 3rd blooms - 2 growths in sheath. I can't wait!

    Bought a couple other cattleyas with it that have buds getting close to opening.

    Now... to call the post office Re: a box they didn't deliver...... (complete with orchid)

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    I'm feeling a little re-assured too. I have two Catts in sheath and while one seems just fine, I assumed that the sheath on the other one dried up and wasn't going to bloom. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.

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    Hybrids are unpredictable when it comes to the sheath/bloom behavior. You just need to get to know that particular plant a little more to figure out its sheathing and blooming behavior.

    Some known catt hybrid behaviors:
    1. Single Sheath : Flower buds develop inside the sheath while the sheath is still green.
    2. Single Sheath + delayed flowers : The sheath grows then dries up, and naked flower spike emerges after a few weeks/months.
    3. Double Sheath : The first sheath grows and dries up after a few weeks/months. Then a second sheath will become visible and grow which contains the developing flower buds.
    4. Double Sheath + delayed flowers : Again, two sheaths one after the other but the flowers emerge after the second sheath has dried up. This could be weeks/months after the second sheath.
    5. Sheathless : I am not sure if the hybrid has become genetically designed to bloom without sheath or if the sheath tissue got damage and aborted early in its life. But the plant continued to grow the flower buds.
    6. Duds : They do happen. If the plant did not get the appropriate conditions during flower bud development - or the young buds got damaged - it could end up sending a sheath but no flowers at all.

    *Lag time between sheath and flowers (delayed flowers)
    It is possible that this is due to the different blooming schedules of the plant's genetic parents.
    For example: If a winter bloomer was crossed with a summer bloomer, it is possible that the offspring got the "Sheath schedule" from the winter bloomer and the "flower schedule" from the summer bloomer. So you get a sheath first but the plant sticks to its blooming schedule regardless of the presence (and demise) of the early sheath.

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