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What to do with a species that will not re-bloom in the area you live in?

This is a discussion on What to do with a species that will not re-bloom in the area you live in? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Harvey, I think that's a corollary to Murphy's Law. After thinking about things, I believe ...

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    Harvey, I think that's a corollary to Murphy's Law. After thinking about things, I believe that a plant that won't bloom should just be treated as a challenge for next year. Carrying that theory along to ones that you can't keep alive is another story though .

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    I think it is doing fabulously so I do hold out hope for re-blooming it. So I am still into working with it.

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    Wade - I think that getting your dead plant to bloom next year would be an awesome challenge! Let me know how that goes... LOL

    Harvey - I think you should hold out to see about reblooming it. Maybe you can find it a nice cold draft in the winter or something...

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    I just bought another 4' x 8 tube light (my boss is retiring and selling everything to live in his RV) for cheap and I have it set up in my semi-heated garage that I should be able to use for the cym and my deciduous orchids once it is too cold outside for them.

    I am determined to get this cym to rebloom. If I am successful, then I will probably be ready to repot it as it is already deforming the shape of the pot it is in now. And the 3 new leads are close to the edges likely causing further deformation of the pot as they grow.

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    So a year later, I am not yet growing a spike on this cymbidium. It spent all summer and fall outside. Coming in only on nights that were going to go below freezing. And get outside and spend nights out even now when it isn't going to freeze. I also put it out when it is going to freeze and watch the thermometer and bring it in before freezing is reached. Actually, last night in metro Denver in mid-December, the overnight temp didn't go below 40 degrees overnight and this cym spent it out in it.

    3 new growths sprouted early in the spring and got hailed on a few times. Only one of those 'hailings' caused any damage. That damage is long since past and hard to see on the plant today. It has also since September sprouted 2 more new growths.

    Yet still no spikes. I continue to water and fertilize as I have for the last year.

    I still hope to get spikes. Any additional tips?
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    Hi Harvey, sorry to hear your cyms are not behaving, I live in Leicester in the UK and have a fair share of cyms, they bloom every year, my favourite being, Shara Jean " ice cascades". Not being an expert, but looking at your photo of your plant the leaves look very green and lush, compared to mine. My plants have been outside in the sun all year after the old flower spikes were removed. I brought them into my unheated greenhouse as the first frost was predicted, they are all now in spike. I was told that they love to be potbound and that they don't like to stand on the ground and under trees. If the leaves get too long then the plant is not getting enough light. Persevere, they are absolutely wonderfull and give a great display, good luck, Joe.

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    Thanks Joe!

    I didn't mention it but the plant has sunburn too from being out side getting as much sun as my back yard gets. It gets about 6 hours of direct sun max on the day of longest daylight. We did have a lot more rain (less sunny days) this last summer than is typical these days here.

    It is quite pot bound right now. The plastic pot shape is deformed from it.

    Maybe my concern should have been placed on length of sun exposure I can get it than the temperature!

    I'll keep at it. Doing what I have been doing and hope for no hail next summer. I suppose lot of energy could have been expended recovering from this season's hail.

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    Here are a couple of shots of the sunburn. And the pictures may have shown green darker than it is. You can see some of the hail damage on the leaves in these shots too.
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    So, Harvey - how did this cymbidium work out?

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    Karin-
    Thanks for asking.

    It has not yet bloomed for me. Last year it really got beat up by the outdoor weather it endured. This year, it lived outside in the same place but the conditions were more favorable. We never went over 100 F this summer. And the thunderstorms were few and far between. It grew well this summer. I am now hoping the colder nighttime temps will trigger the blooming cycle.

    This is it today.
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