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Another Cold Question

This is a discussion on Another Cold Question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ok, so I know cold can cause new buds, especially phal 's, to blast. About ...

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    Default Another Cold Question

    Ok, so I know cold can cause new buds, especially phal's, to blast. About 4 days ago I purchased several catt's 'cause they were "on sale". Some had rather large buds breaking through their sheaths while the 2 pictured had small buds. I wanted to see just what was going on, so I split the sheaths and saw that they were green and rot. So I took them home in our Michigan cold (about 30) in bags to offer some protection...the walk to the car was a matter of maybe 15 to 30 seconds and at home into the GH exposed for maybe another 30 seconds. So my question is: did the cold exposure or the splitting of the sheaths cause these to blast or alittle of both? The bottom line is whatever the cause, I guess I'll have to wait until next year to enjoy their beautiful flowers. I just wanted to know if my stupidity of splitting the sheaths before they were tucked into a warm cozy GH was the biggest factor...just an education.....
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    It probably would of been better to not split the sheaths , but I have had that happen to ones that have not been moved at all . The buds on the one growth look good .
    Off and on I will split the sheath if it starts to turn yellow except on a couple that bloom thru. a dry sheath . Gin

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    I have not really had much luck splitting a sheath. Usually ends badly for the buds. It looks like you will get half of the blooms though.


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