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    Hi,
    This is my phal called Phalaenopsis micholitzii x Phalaenopsis tetraspis primary hybrid AKA Phalaenopsis Tzu Chiang Tetralitz

    The plant is healthy but when It open It flowers the flowers get brownish without growing up.Hope you can help me to diagnose what the problem might be.
    Thank you
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    Sounds like a bud blast.

    I picture looks like bud blast to me.

    Did it get a chill on it?

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    Blast for sure, I have suffered that the last week due to unprecedented cold fronts. Plant is still good bud not revivable (your welcome and sorry) I live in FL it should not b this cold dag naggit!

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    Hi,
    First of all thank you for answering;by bud do you mean the flower part or the spike ?
    Thanks

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    The unopened flower bud. The spikes themselves I have seen have remained green (or their natural color) while the buds may change color. I find they turn from green to yellow/red, become soft and then drop off. Also, not every bud on the spike may go bad with the bud blast.

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    Under or overwatering is a common cause of bud blast as well as a rapid temp change. Buds can be sensitive to ethylene gas given off by ripening fruit as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Under or overwatering is a common cause of bud blast as well as a rapid temp change. Buds can be sensitive to ethylene gas given off by ripening fruit as well.
    I only open the window only at nights,one day it is open and the other day It is not.When It comes to watering I really don't know what should be the watering.If you could help me I would be really glad,I am pouring water from up carefully once in 2 weeks.
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    Blasted Bud Blast!!! (poor flower buds dying before they are out ) It's so frustrating to have those buds that you have worked so hard for and waited to see end up blasting (if you can't already tell - I've been there before so I sympathize). In addition to temperatures, watering and ripening fruit, low humdity can also play a role in causing bud blast. How's your humidity? It could be that the night you left the window open the temp. dipped a little low causing the flower spike/bud to get chilled. Wait and see as far as the spike or other new buds coming. Hopefully they all haven't been impacted (fingers crossed for you).

    Watering can be somewhat tricky. It's a little hard to tell if you have your orchid in sphagnum or a bark mix, which of course will impact the frequency of when you'll water. But, some other ideas to help with watering:
    a) 'weigh' (hold and note the weight) your pot before and after watering to feel what your pot's weight is. Then every few days re-weigh to see if you need to water your pot
    b) stick your finger gently down into the potting media to see if it's still wet 1" or more down from the top. If it's wet, wait a day or so and re-test. If it's dry then you will want to water.

    Hope that helps.

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    True lovers know they can do it again. But, yes Amor, I get ur frustration. A whole year to lose 90% of the efforts. Too bad they don't have a "pulling ur hair out face"....insert here). I live where it is not expected. We recieved our first snow after almost 10 yrs. Its the weathers fault. I say again DAG NAGGIT!!!!!!

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    It is part of what keeps all this growing interesting. If it was too easy, would it be as much fun?

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