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First bloom coming!!!

This is a discussion on First bloom coming!!! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; This is probably old hat to most of you, but to me it's a VERY ...

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    Smile First bloom coming!!!

    This is probably old hat to most of you, but to me it's a VERY BIG deal! I've been working at growing Phrags for several years, with not much success. This Inca Fire is 9 years old and 5 others range in age from 3 - 8, and never a bloom, until now. Maybe it's over-stating, but I am ecstatic! I completely changed my culture. Different media, only small bark, MSU fert. and keeping the pots in a large tray, always with at least 2" of water. Some of that, especially the water tray, seemed radical to me, but obviously it's working.
    At this point the only questions I have are - now that it's sending up a shoot, is there anything different I should be doing, and is there anything I should do later to encourage another?



    Thanks to you all
    Last edited by Bob; March 22nd, 2012 at 05:43 PM. Reason: PROBLEM WITH PHOTO

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    Woo-hoo! Congratulations to you, oh patient Bob. We can't wait to see how it looks for you.

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    My goodness , I would have been pulling my hair out by now .You have some patience . Looks like it paid off , congrats

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    Congrats. I would say keep on keeping on with what you are doing, it has worked for you up to now so why change it? Good luck!
    Last edited by Susie11; March 23rd, 2012 at 07:09 AM. Reason: sp.

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    Congratulations Bob

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    Congrats that is a nice inflorescence in the forming. MSU fert program is known to do wonders, very happy for you.

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    WTG! I still go all goofy over a plant in spike/bud. lol I think we all do...especially the ones we've grown without seeing a bloom for years.

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    I hope I'm just paranoid, but something is going on with the Inca Fire bud I posted a few days ago. At the point were the bud meets the stem, its turning dark.
    Please tell me this is normal.

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    I think it may be normal.... the color of the coming flower?

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