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C. jenmanii var. semi-alba blooming/growth habit

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    Default C. jenmanii var. semi-alba blooming/growth habit

    Okay, my question is a bit hard to phrase, but I'll try. I got this plant a year ago in a 2" pot and since then it's seemed fairly easy to grow and is now in a 3 1/2" pot in Hydroton. I just noticed today that the new lead folded open to reveal a sheath, but the leaf on said p-bulb is only about half the size as it is on the previous, larger bulb. The plant is a nice light yellow green.
    Is it customary for C. jenmanii to reveral the floral sheath and then continue to grow the leaf to mature size before blooming, or is something wrong here?
    Thanks for any advice or suggestions...C





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    Is little problem that you have is quite common.Its a cultural hick-up where that new growth has not reached full size,this can happen the year that the plant is repotted.The growth that has the sheath will not get a great deal taller.It is quite likly that it will flower for you.As it appears that it is going to flower for you it may not flower next year.

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    Hi Clint,
    Having too many jenmanii, I could tell this species likes to do that. C. jenmanii does this a lot mainly because it could not wait to bloom. It loves to flower to death! So if it sets buds, I would cut the developing spike and wait until next year. The blooms will be better and flowering won't stress the plant too much.
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    Sir Speedo and Orchidman:

    Thank you all very much for your insight. I think I will watch for buds and watch overall general plant health as well. Though it may hurt, I probably will clip the buds this year--even if they form. Maybe it'll just be a blind sheath, but who knows?

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    if it's otherwise healthy, and you don't want to let it save its energy for next year, just let it bloom--won't give you the show a mature plant will, but shouldn't hurt the plant if it's well-rooted.

    I've had catts with new growths with smaller leaves than prior growths, especially with those I put under very high light. I reason that if you have much higher light, it doesn't need the surface area of a large leaf to get its alloted sunlight for photosynthesis. Just a theory.

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    Jmoney...

    I really think higher light might be the case. The foliage is really yellowish green (moreso than the picture), but otherwise the healthy roots now fill the pot. I'll just have to watch this one, maybe I will have a picture to post soon. I think these are summer bloomers, no?

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    Hi Clint,

    Having an orchid that can't wait to bloom for you is a nice problem!

    Good luck with it!

    Julie

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    You will also get darker colored flowers from the higher light intensity.

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