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This is a discussion on First bloom coming!!! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Isn't the bud inside a bract? That's usually where the bud meets the stem, and ...

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    Isn't the bud inside a bract? That's usually where the bud meets the stem, and then grows its own adjunct stem, which terminates in the bud or bloom. I'm looking at my phrag Red Lightning on its 3rd bloom to see how it's structured - I wish I could remember what it looked like in low bud, but I can't, and all my other phrags are working on new growth right now. How wet is your medium staying? Do you flush out the fertilizer regularly - say, once a month? What is your water quality - in the sense of how pure it is. Phrags are finicky about having the purest water you can get. I'm just brainstorming about things that you might consider while you're being paranoid. It's probably fine. Most Incas have very bright or deep red coloring, since they are comprised of linldleyanum and besseae. So it may be the red that you're seeing as a darkening area. Most probably, all is well, and you just have to be patient - which we already know you are!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    Isn't the bud inside a bract? That's usually where the bud meets the stem, and then grows its own adjunct stem, which terminates in the bud or bloom. I'm looking at my phrag Red Lightning on its 3rd bloom to see how it's structured - I wish I could remember what it looked like in low bud, but I can't, and all my other phrags are working on new growth right now. How wet is your medium staying? Do you flush out the fertilizer regularly - say, once a month? What is your water quality - in the sense of how pure it is. Phrags are finicky about having the purest water you can get. I'm just brainstorming about things that you might consider while you're being paranoid. It's probably fine. Most Incas have very bright or deep red coloring, since they are comprised of linldleyanum and besseae. So it may be the red that you're seeing as a darkening area. Most probably, all is well, and you just have to be patient - which we already know you are!
    I hadn't thought of a bract, but looking at it, I guess it is. My medium is pretty wet, (distilled). I usually flush every other week. The dark area does seem to be turning rusty - on it's way to red? Overall the plant looks good, so I'm assuming it's the color beginning to show through. I can't help but worry - this, a blooming Phrag. is so new, I've waited so long. At this point I don't know what I'd do if something went wrong - give up Phrags. and take up drinking?

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    Bob, Can you give us a good close up of what exactly is turning dark? Don't mean to scare you, but you have a need to know "why" quickly...I'm assuming that you already know that NO water belongs in the middle or "crown" of any orchid...Betty

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    Bob, Can you give us a good close up of what exactly is turning dark? Don't mean to scare you, but you have a need to know "why" quickly...I'm assuming that you already know that NO water belongs in the middle or "crown" of any orchid...Betty
    This is as close as I could get, no macro lens right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    This is as close as I could get, no macro lens right now. Click on photo.
    Judging by your photo - and I looked at it enlarged, everything looks fine. Keep it watered, but try not to get any water on the bud, or pooled inside the crown of the plant. Good growing so far!

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    Bob, no need to be concerned...That is just the way the stem is colored as it is growing. Continue to be patient, and you will be rewarded! Betty

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    Congrats!!! You must be the master of patience

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    so happy for ya Bob! i know the feeling of not having so much success and doing major changes to have them pay off.

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    The overall condition of the plant and all of your encouargement, has convinced me all is well. I'll post the end result. Thanks

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    Finally! My first Phrag. Inca Fire nearly 9 years old. Either I didn't know what I was doing, or simply bought too small. Probably a bit of both.
    The only thing that concerns me now is, a second bloom opened a few days ago and this one (opened about 4 weeks ago) fell this morning. Is that normal? There's a 3rd forming. Is that the way it goes - one falls as the next opens? I was expecting to see 2 or 3 at once. But after all this, I'll gladly settle for one at a time. Thanks to all for the help and encouragement.

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