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    Where am I wrong and what that orchid flowers have a gap? Some friends here have said could be from too much light or too much fertilizer. But I put no fertilizer. Maybe too much light? "
    I still thought it would be wrong in how I kept the plant. It is huge and I have supported a wall and there can no longer form flowers. What are you say?
    What do you do when you have such a large flower, how and where a sit?
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    I would start fertilizing it, Ruxandra. I originally thought it was reaching for more light, but after reading your remarks here and on the OrchidTalk FB page, I believe the lack of blooms along the full spike could be caused by poor nutrition.

    To support a spike like this in your home, I feel you found the best way. If it was in the greenhouse or on a porch or outside, I would tie the spike up to something above it. In the greenhouse, I have a gramm that gets 6 to 8+ foot long spikes. I usually have to tie the end of that spike up to keep it out of the way and to make sure it doesn't knock other smaller plants over as it blows around under the fans.

    My recommendation is to start feeding this orchid and on the next blooming I expect you will see blooms along the entire spike. Good luck my friend!

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    hmmm, i would still say its lacking of light as well, cant see light coming in from above.

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    Thanks Bruce, thank you Ron.
    And another question: I go tomorrow to buy fertilizer, I put it directly into wet water, as directed on the bottle ,yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tunari View Post
    Thanks Bruce, thank you Ron.
    And another question: I go tomorrow to buy fertilizer, I put it directly into wet water, as directed on the bottle ,yes?

    When you mix the fertilizer - mix it at 1/4 the recommended strength.

    Water your orchid completely before adding fertilizer water. Allow the roots to turn green before feeding. This way the orchid will take in the nutrients and less will be wasted. Next time you water, flush your orchid pot well.

    That should do it.

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    Now that...is an orchid i would love! + some more blooms

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    All very good advice Ruxandra. I think this trait does occur in the oncidium family, particularly if it has sphacelatum in its parentage.

    However I find the presentation on the spike rather attractive - very much like an 'ikebana' flower arrangement!

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    Thank you all for your attention and advice!
    I think I make photos with my orchid , because its stem is 1.40 meters!

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    Ruxandra, it is wonderful! Can you post a close up photo of the beautiful blooms? Bruce has some very good advice about fertilizer, I think. It certainly can't hurt! Good growing.
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