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Cattleya bud drop - BAD luck streak!

This is a discussion on Cattleya bud drop - BAD luck streak! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by JackiePS Would it be possible to switch rooms with your son? Have ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackiePS View Post
    Would it be possible to switch rooms with your son? Have you done the shadow tests for your other windows? Depending on MANY factors, you might get enough sun in other areas for the phals at least. I'm very lucky in that my little house gets SO much sun that I can literally put the phals wherever and reserve the best spots for the more demanding plants. They've even invaded my bathrooms! I am stunned that hubby hasn't commented about THAT yet! Who doesn't want to see a beautiful plant when they're sitting on the bowl though?! I even keep orchid books in the bathrooms in case anyone gets curious...LMAO! I am totally serious too!
    Switching rooms wont work In my room there are orchids too Under lights though. I have windows in all directions E W N and S but all of them under too much roof so its not that bright for all types of orchid. I have few in bathroom too and half of kitchen table also occupied with plants amaryllis - orchid mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chemist View Post
    Switching rooms wont work In my room there are orchids too Under lights though. I have windows in all directions E W N and S but all of them under too much roof so its not that bright for all types of orchid. I have few in bathroom too and half of kitchen table also occupied with plants amaryllis - orchid mix.
    Haha! Yep, you're definitely using all of your available space then! How do you have the lights set up? Above a table or desk? I'd love to see pics if you have a chance. I'm thinking of purchasing a collection of seedlings and if I do, I'm going to have to set something up for them because I am quickly running out of space. I have a shed I can use but it's probably not insulated well enough. There are always portable greenhouses but I really cannot afford anything like that right now. Dilemma dilemma! We rent this house so I cannot do anything too drastic. We're here long term until we buy a home...and when we do, it's going to have a greenhouse. That is a must! If I can ever semi-retire, I want to be able to have a little orchid business. It would probably do quite well in this area. There is only one that I know of and it's in the next county over and they sold me a dead Dewey Forest 'Kudos' (yes, I'm still upset about that).

    On the bright side, today I discovered another area where I can put more plants. I have been under utilizing my front door way. It gets great sun throughout the day so I'm going to need to put a few shelves there. The space was previously occupied by my 5 foot Silver Gum Eucalyptus tree. I moved it outside yesterday because it's giving me a hard time and I thought maybe it would behave better if it lived outside for the summer. Honestly, I don't know what these eucalyptus want from me! I've tried everything. They live on but they dry up and get all crinkly and just look like they're unhappy. They make me crazy. If anyone knows much about them, please let me know. I haven't had much luck finding valuable information online when it comes to them. END RANT!

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    I have them everywhere too.

    When a friend said 'just move them out of the way'. I laughed and stated 'there is no place to move them, they are everywhere already'.

    I know you live in a rental but I have not heard any one mention hooks in the ceiling yet. I have 21 hooks! Orchids love hanging, even in pots.

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    Thats good idea Harvey, but in my case i still need light fixtures to give them light.

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    Sorry about the flower loss JackiePS. I had several plants in bloom, or coming into bloom, that I had waited a year for, then we had a very hot spell and our AC wasn't working. Our house suddenly got 85 degrees for several days until we got that fixed. All of my plants in flower dropped their flowers. I was bummed. I suspect that shipping in bud is very problematic. Maybe as you get to know local people and have the opportunity to purchase plants locally, you will have better luck with plants in bud or bloom. I have bought a lot of grocery store Phals in bloom and actually had pretty good luck with the flowers, even when I repotted. I think Phals are more likely to hold their flowers than Catts.

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    Hooks on the ceiling is something I've been contemplating since you mentioned it a while back. Once I run out of places to put shelves, that's probably the next step!

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    It's not at all unusual to lose buds on plants purchased at that stage. The ones grown in your own collection are OK, and plants bought in flower are Ok, but in between - probably they are that much more vulnerable when packed up and shipped, and then asked to accept an environment totally different from the one where they developed. One thing orchids really love, is staying in the same place ; and the one thing they hate is being moved about. The only thing to do is be philosophical - cut the bad parts off, dust the cut with sulphur or cinnamon to prevent rot entering, and give the plant tlc - it will settle down all the quicker if not asked to carry those flowers !

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    Hi Dorsetman! Yep, that's what I did with the 2 that crapped out on me. It's still pretty disappointing. Lesson learned about purchasing plants in bud!

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