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Cattleya bud blast

This is a discussion on Cattleya bud blast within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have a Blc. R. Ferguson 'Florida Sunset' that bloomed in August and about a ...

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    I have a Blc. R. Ferguson 'Florida Sunset' that bloomed in August and about a week ago formed another bud. It came out of a p.bulb not in a sheath and yesterday showed signs of bud decay. I'm assuming this is what is referred to as bud blast. It has been raining pretty much every day here in S. Florida for the last 3 weeks or so and as a result I have been bringing the catts in from my patio to prevent them from being soaked on a daily basis and taking them back out for some sun when the rain stops. I've read that orchids don't like to be moved around a lot so maybe this is what's causing it. I think another orchid is having a similar problem in the sheath. Any advice is appreciated as I am still quite new at orchid growing.

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    That's a beautiful cattleya in the second picture. My catts have the same problem when exposed to too much rain, but moving them around could be your problem

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    I really like that second cattleya also. Very pretty. The bud in the photo looks like it has a fungus problem. Too much rain could definitely have caused it. I doubt that moving the orchid caused that particular problem. Fungus is one of the hazards of growing outdoors in South Florida. I don't know how you feel about chemicals but I use a systemic fungicide through the winter to try to prevent exactly that kind of problem. The one I use is Thiomyl. If you don't like chemicals, keep your plants where there's good air movement, increase the distance between plants and don't allow water to drip off one plant onto another plant that has buds or spikes. Good luck.

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    Thanks, We've had some beautiful blooms through the summer and fall. I've tried to keep the rain off them over the last several weeks but you can only do so much.

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    Thanks Jeff, I don't mind using chemicals so I'll pick up some Thiomyl. It's been an unusually damp fall in Stuart this year and you never know what the winter will bring. Thanks for the advice.

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    Oh, my! You've got some real beauties there.

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    Ok Fred, I can't let you get away with posting those beauties without telling us what they are. Could you please list the names of those three cattleyas? By the way, I love that Stuart area. I go up there to the Lyric Theater occasionally. The downtown area is great.

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    It is a sad fact of life - especially orchid life - that you can't win 'em all. Even in the best collections there are a few plants which did not do quite as well as they should, as you deserve !. In the better larger collections, they keep them out of sight , but they have them, never fear.
    You have one here - but in this wet, wet year ( in England, I believe we shall be told it is the wettest since records began, a few hundred years ago) the only marvel is that you only have one. ( Over here, the rain is not quite the same problem because we can';t grow them outside anyway !¬.
    Just hope for a better year in 2013 - it's a certainty - it just can't be this bad two years running, can it ?

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    You're right Geoff and it is nice to win some of the time. I guess plants are like people. Some are better than others.. We've had some torrential downpours in this area in recent weeks. I have a friend whose car was totally submerged in one of the storms so I count myself lucky. I'm sure next year will be better.

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    Hi Jeff, Thanks for the interest. The purple plant in the first photo is a Blc. Lake Murray Mendenhall. The Yellow one with the pink and red frills in the same photo is a Pot. Susan Fender Cinnamon Stick crossed with a Blc. Edisto Mendenhall. The brilliant red blossom in the next photo is a Blc. Sanyung Ruby Grand Dragon. I acquired it in Feb. this year and this is the first bloom for me, starting Nov.3. It lasted just over 5 weeks and had a wonderful spicy clove-like fragrance. I also love Stuart. I've been here since '94 and I wouldn't live anywhere else. And I agree, the Lyric is great. When you come to Stuart again check out the "Sailor's Return" on the waterfront at the foot of the Roosevelt Bridge. It was opened a couple of years ago by the Brit who owned the "Jolly Sailor Pub" in downtown Stuart. I know you would enjoy it.

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