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Did it again...

This is a discussion on Did it again... within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Awwww... that SUCKS! I hope Wogga is right and it's just making room for you ...

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    Awwww... that SUCKS! I hope Wogga is right and it's just making room for you to enjoy a super wonderfully great bloom!!!!

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    The family has requested that donations of single malt be made in lieu of flowers.

    Services to be held tomorrow.
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    Ok, so this decapitation things seems to happen quite often...

    so....

    anyone have suggestions on other possible material that is 'easier' to use when staking spikes...

    I use hairclips.. you know the ones that have insects on them and you press the wings and the claws open up... and they come in heaps of sizes!

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    Yet another time-warped thread...

    It wasn't the twist tie. It was the pressure on the spike as I tried to straighten it. And it wasn't much pressure.

    The twist ties aren't as attractive or convenient as the spring-loaded bug clips, but I've had the clips damage spikes. If they're not placed carefully they can crush the spikes. The twist ties can't be tied to tight, or the same thing will happen, but it's much easier to keep very little pressure on the spike using them.

    The photo is from my harlequin Phal. It had a yard-long spike with a lot of big, heavy flowers, so the weight of the spike put considerable pressure on the clip. As you can see, the clip cut rather deeply into the spike. I was surprised I didn't lose it. I've partially crushed spikes on several other plants, so I now mostly use the twist ties.

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    Default Did it again...

    As I manage to do this about once a year, I wanted all the newbies to know we all share in stupid mistakes...

    My Paph. Darling 'Bagatelle' has spiked and is getting close to blooming. I was pretty excited because I've had the plant for 1.5 years and this was to be its first bloom. Jason has one:
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ead.php?t=1024

    and the flower color can vary from his very pink, to a more lavender. I was getting psyched to see what I'd have.

    The spike grew a lot overnight and I was adjusting the twist tie (holding it to the stake) and...well...I didn't mean to. Decapitated.

    There's always next year...

    Julie

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    Oh so sorry!

    I was watering this morning and the hose knocked four top heavy phrags off onto the gravel floor and of course out of their pots. So bark everywhere. As far as I can tell, it only uppotted mine. It took forever to get all that bark picked out of the gravel on the floor.

    I guess we all have bad luck sometimes.

    Cheers!
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    Bummer - - I snapped the end off a bloom spike on one of my phals moving it around before I left...

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    I HATE it when that happens !!! Sorry.
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    sorry to hear about the spikes demise.I have just lost 3 spikes myself ,2 were on
    Oda Heatonensis `Plush' and it also looks like I have lost Odontocidium Wildcat

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    This is too painful to read. Hope it's not contagious--maybe I'd better just leave my plants alone for a few days?

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