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Brassia loop de loop

This is a discussion on Brassia loop de loop within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Here is my new Brassia Rex 'Sakata'--straight from the grower. Can you see the wierdness ...

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    Unhappy Brassia loop de loop

    Here is my new Brassia Rex 'Sakata'--straight from the grower. Can you see the wierdness of one of the growths?--It is making a loop with its foliage, and it is coiled hard like a spring. What is causing this? How can such a growth ever prosper and bloom? Will the plant keep doing this? Yikes!
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    There are two causes for that misshapen growth. First, notice the wrinkles, it probably did not get all the water it needed, these guys will do that - wrinkle or accordion their leaves. Second, it was probably stuck under another growth, leaf or other obstruction while growing, so it took a curved shape.

    It will be fine, and the plant won't do it again. Just let it be, and it may well produce a spike someday. These guys are resilient!

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    Thanks Diane, that makes me feel better. Come to think of it, there are signs of wrinkling on other growths also. If the plant was having these troubles in a humid greenhouse--what chance do I have?

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    Plenty of chance!

    I have a couple that I received that had accordian leaves. A greenhouse's system might break down for a few days, or the plant was in a 'sprinkler shadow' and the grower didn't catch it for a while. Have you ever been in a commercial orchid greenhouse? The plants are packed in by the thousands, and there isn't time for someone to look at each plant every day - or even every week....

    If you ever get a chance, try to find a commecial grower who will let you visit - a real commercial grower who does not sell to retail, but only wholesales plants to orchid nurseries...

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    ...I would really love to do that; it sounds fascinating! Do you suppose my little Brassia was really grown by some big commercial grower like you describe and not my little Colorado orchid nursery? I never considered that before!

    Well, maybe a little homegrown TLC will save the day. :-)

    (Actually, I have never been to ANY orchid greenhouse. I live in a remote area and every plant in my collection is mail order!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehera
    ...I would really love to do that; it sounds fascinating! Do you suppose my little Brassia was really grown by some big commercial grower like you describe and not my little Colorado orchid nursery?

    Oh, yes... retail nurseries can't afford to grow plants from seedlings or flask. It takes too long. (there are a few exceptions) I've been lucky enough to be in a couple commercial greenhouses - they are huge, and plants in 2" pots jammed in on benches fifty feet long and 4 feet wide....

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    In Hawaii, they have huge GHs that have automatic watering systems that move over benches that stretch the entire width of the GH. They are amazing to see in action. I loved being able to watch them on packing day. Talk about fast, the ladies working in the packinghouse could bag and newspaper 36 plants in a coffin box in less than 5 min. It was really amazing.

    Don't worry about the loop de loop It will be just fine under your care.


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