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Psychopsis keeps blasting buds

This is a discussion on Psychopsis keeps blasting buds within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; After we bloomed ours to death, I never got another one. I really would like ...

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    After we bloomed ours to death, I never got another one. I really would like to grow one again. We grew ours in a small bark mix and kept it in the southwest end of the greenhouse so it got lots of light. Watered it twice a week in the warm months and once a week during the cooler months. It grew next to the mini-cattleyas and some other oncidiums. We fertilized it regularly along with everything else in the GH. As far as I know the reason it died is because it was in constant bloom for around three years.

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    Thanks for all the info.

    The plant really seems to like its current potting mix combination. So I am hesitant to disturb the roots again and change the potting mix again.

    For now I will move it indoors near an east facing window and set it on top of a humidity pot. This location still gets around 3000fc from 9AM-11AM and then tapers off to 1000-2000fc the rest of the day as the sun is on the other side of the house in the afternoon.

    I do not like to introduce too many changes to a plant all at once. Doing so introduces too many variables that are hard to pinpoint and control.

    Moving it to its new location allows me to reduce the light and temperature. I hope that this will also reduce the plant's transpiration and evaporation so I can stick to the usual watering every 2-3 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hera View Post
    Is the clay pot allowing the roots to get enough air? Maybe try taking it out of the clay pot for a while.
    What are you growing in s/h pots?
    The clay pot is the generic unglazed (semi-permeable) pots available at some garden stores.
    There is a large hole at the bottom, only slightly smaller than the bottom of the plastic pot. The clay pot is only there to provide weight to the bottom of the plant so that it does not topple over.
    So in terms of air passage, the pot breathes mainly from the top and bottom.

    The S/H pots in the picture contain several oncidium hybrids, howearas and some miltonidiums.

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    Or, you can just wait until indoor temps match outdoor temps and then move it inside...mostly likely sometime in the mid-morning this will happen




    Quote Originally Posted by wetfeet101b View Post
    Thanks for all the info.

    The plant really seems to like its current potting mix combination. So I am hesitant to disturb the roots again and change the potting mix again.

    For now I will move it indoors near an east facing window and set it on top of a humidity pot. This location still gets around 3000fc from 9AM-11AM and then tapers off to 1000-2000fc the rest of the day as the sun is on the other side of the house in the afternoon.

    I do not like to introduce too many changes to a plant all at once. Doing so introduces too many variables that are hard to pinpoint and control.

    Moving it to its new location allows me to reduce the light and temperature. I hope that this will also reduce the plant's transpiration and evaporation so I can stick to the usual watering every 2-3 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    Or, you can just wait until indoor temps match outdoor temps and then move it inside...mostly likely sometime in the mid-morning this will happen
    Clint, are you suggesting that I move the plant in and out every day?
    If thats what it needs, then it will be moving into a S.T.O.P. box lol.

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    No..not every day..just the initial move. When the temps in your greenhouse are close to what your indoor temps are, move it inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintdawley View Post
    No..not every day..just the initial move. When the temps in your greenhouse are close to what your indoor temps are, move it inside.
    Ahh, got it. I already moved it yesterday afternoon after sundown.

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