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Psychopsis bud looks like it snapped?

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    Default Psychopsis bud looks like it snapped?

    Hey y'all,

    So I got a Psychopsis Mendenhall AOS? oh boy, too long (sorry, the complex naming for orchids is driving me nuts and I still don't understand it despite reading the thread on here about it, just correct me for the next year, I might actually remember, but then I won't remember all the names for each orchid, and then when I do the names will change)

    Anyway, let's assume you know what I mean! haha

    Now where was I...

    Oh I got a Psychopsis as christmas present, and it arrived in great condition! It's so beautiful...and it's in spike, and I went online and read all this conflicting information on how to take care of it, so now I stare at it wondering "do you hate it here? do you love it here? Are you drowning? are you thirsty? what do you need?! I love you!..."

    Well, it appears that the very top part of the spike has snapped off. It was green, not brown, but I haven't ever seen bud blast on an orchid before, and I've never grown a Psychopsis before, so is this it's style of bud blasting? Or did it just get injured earlier in shipping? thoughts?

    And why do orchid growers call it a spike rather than a bloomstalk?

    And why do Psychopsis suddenly die? Did anyone find a clear answer on this?

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    Sounds like it just got damaged in shipment to me, or something bumped into it and broke it. New spikes are pretty easily broken.

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    Psychopsis like humidity and lots of it. I lost a few early on and here is what I do to keep mine alive and blooming. First, they like to be watered pretty often so I recommend you obtain a bottle of some sort of anti-fungal...there is a 3 in one sold at the big box stores that will help with fungal, bacterial infections and bugs. Spray well and weekly for this type or it will get sick and die a very ugly icky brown death. Give it more sun that you think it should have by slowly moving it farther an farther into the sunlight. Mine sits on top a Vanda shelf and gets nearly full sun and water/fertilizer like a vanda. You buds will blast when they don't get enough humidity or enough water. Once you get the feel of this one you will adore them as they can bloom over and over on a single spike. Never cut a spike because sometimes they will throw a side thing out if the top is damaged and carry on blooming on the side branch like a phalaenopsis. Good luck and enjoy...these can be a joy if you get a healthy well grown one.

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    Don't worry they usually produce a side branch!
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    I have broken Psycho's spikes before & they have grown a side branch , once i actually had 2 side growths & the plant flowered from both.
    As for growing conditions your climate is a vastly different to mine & in my grow room & green house they grow & flower with little special treatment.
    Found a piccie of the bifurcation.

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