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Masdevallia Blooming Question

This is a discussion on Masdevallia Blooming Question within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Will a masdevallia hybrid be likely to bloom from the base of an current-year-growth leaf ...

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    Will a masdevallia hybrid be likely to bloom from the base of an current-year-growth leaf if that leaf has been mostly cut off but the stem left intact with a "bit" of leaf base still attached?

    Just wondering if the loss of the leaf itself impacts the development of the spike that would normally grow from the base leaf sheath.

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    Interesting question and one I've never thought of before. It might depend on the species or hybrid. I took a look at my currently blooming Masdies and most do look like they're blooming from new leaves, but then there's floribunda. That one has so many flowers coming from everywhere on the plant that I can't believe they're all coming from current years growth.

    It might also depend on when the plant lost most of it's leaf. If the flower or spike was already developing, it might not impact the blooming.

    I really have no clue and should go eat my oatmeal now.

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    I've had one bloom from a growth which had lost its leaf, but no idea whether that was a new missing leaf or an old missing leaf.

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    Thanks, Sue.

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