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Blast Away!

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    I don't know if this post belongs here or under 'ailments', but what else besides change in temperature causes phal buds to blast? I have had 3 or 4 new buds on different phals do this recently but the other buds and plants seem healthy. Is it just significant change or absolute decrease? On rare occasions my GH may dip to 58 - 59 deg F. I try to keep the daytime temps around 70. The pic of the catt is something I didn't expect to find, since this particular catt has already spiked out. But I found this spike all scrunched up inside the leaf...and yellow. So I don't know at this stage whether or not it will actually develope into a flower...the jury is still out on this one....
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    Hi , Bud blast can be caused by gas leaks , or fruit gone bad releasing ethylene gas , also cold drafts , or to much heat on a bud . brown scale on the spike part . Bad roots . Bet there are more reasons ..
    Hard to tell about the yellow bud but just guessing I would say it is a no go . Gin PS# The Temps. are fine .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    Hi , Bud blast can be caused by gas leaks , or fruit gone bad releasing ethylene gas , also cold drafts , or to much heat on a bud . brown scale on the spike part . Bad roots . Bet there are more reasons ..
    Hard to tell about the yellow bud but just guessing I would say it is a no go . Gin PS# The Temps. are fine .
    Just a note about the etylene. Fruit doesn't have to be going bad to release ethylene. Bananas constantly release ethylene. And ethylene is used as a "ripening agent" for tomatoes, but all it really does is turn them red. That's why grocery store tomatoes have no taste, they pick them while they're green and expose them to ethylene. You can do the same thing at home, put a banana and a green tomato in a paper bag and it will turn red. So don't leave bananas in your growroom

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfrizz743 View Post
    Just a note about the etylene. Fruit doesn't have to be going bad to release ethylene. Bananas constantly release ethylene. And ethylene is used as a "ripening agent" for tomatoes, but all it really does is turn them red. That's why grocery store tomatoes have no taste, they pick them while they're green and expose them to ethylene. You can do the same thing at home, put a banana and a green tomato in a paper bag and it will turn red. So don't leave bananas in your growroom
    I did not know that. I have always heard that it was from fruit that was really ripe. Good to know. Thanks for sharing.

    About your cattleya bud, Bikerdoc, I don't think it will develop. It looks like it got very cold. Was it against the window by chance. Temps often get significantly cooler near to windows. Sorry. Your phal is very beautiful though.

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