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    Unhappy Paph bud blast disaster!

    I am just about ready to cry over here. I have been diligently caring for a Paph Heron's Faire that I got for Mothers Day last year, and it finally graced me with buds for the first time in over a year! I was so excited...it was going to have two flowers!

    Well, we went away for the weekend, and when we got back a few minutes ago, I excitedly went over to it to check the progress of the buds.

    The inflorescence has turned completely brown, and the bottom half of the buds are also brown!

    What happened??

    The only thing I can think of is that my husband usually turns off the air conditioning when we go away. It doesn't get ridiculously hot in our house without the A/C, but it could have easily gotten into the upper 80's. Would that have caused the bud blast?

    I'm totally bummed about this. I'm assuming there's no way to save it... I didn't even bother posting a pic because I was pretty sure you'd all know what I was talking about. But if there's some magic chant or something I can do to save the blooms, please tell me!

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    Oh no... little paph bud. Hopefully you will get it to produce new growth again soon.

    cheers,
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    So sorry for you, Jenn. I kow how you must feel. I had the same thing hapen to me with my Paph philippinense some time ago.

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    If it is not soft and mushy then it is simply due to the drying heat, but if it is soft mushy then it is a rot.

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    Can you cut it to see if it puts out secondary spikes? I'm not familiar with paphs so I'm just asking a question really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    If it is not soft and mushy then it is simply due to the drying heat, but if it is soft mushy then it is a rot.
    Thanks. It was dry as a crisp. I think the heat is definitely to blame here. I will have to be extra-careful about leaving our air-conditioning off from now on. I just didn't even think of it. Boo. Ah, well..live and learn.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Can you cut it to see if it puts out secondary spikes? I'm not familiar with paphs so I'm just asking a question really.
    I've never heard of paphs putting out secondary spikes...unless maybe the multifloral ones do...I don't have any of those so I don't know. But I'm pretty certain mine won't. The spike doesn't have any nodes on it to produce an offshoot. Good thought, though.

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    I'm getting a lot of bud blast too , grieving helps then hope no more start to blast

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    Quote Originally Posted by jai_star View Post
    I'm getting a lot of bud blast too , grieving helps then hope no more start to blast
    Sorry to hear that. It particularly stinks when it's on an orchid that only blooms once a year, on the 5th Thursday of the month, at midnight.....when it rains. I feel like I've been waiting forever for that little guy to bloom!! Ah, well...I engaged in some retail therapy and bought another paph to make myself feel better. I've got a Ho Chi Minh on the way! Hopefully that one will actually flower.

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    Sorry to hear it blasted, but retail therapy always works for me too. I have one budding now , paph transdoll, fingers crossed.

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