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HELP My biggest love looks sick.

This is a discussion on HELP My biggest love looks sick. within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; First week I kept it in the house and it wasn't doing well so I ...

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    First week I kept it in the house and it wasn't doing well so I took it outside. Nice place-gets sun light only early in the morning and around 6-7 at the evening. I am not watering it more than twice a week and three weeks after purchase it looks even worst. BTW There is a new comming out as you can see...Please help!!! It lost already almost all the flowers...
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    Margo, what is type of orchid is it (a Zygo)? How mature were the blossoms when you purchased the plant? Some last a long time, some very little. We share your pain!! Tell us more!!!

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    It looks more like an oncidinae of some sort.
    The "freckles" on the leaves are normal for that type of orchid and is usually due to exposure to high light. Reducing the light exposure will minimize the spots, but also minimizes the chances and quality of blooms. So you have a balancing act on your hands there.

    Orchid flowers are not immortal. Some orchid flowers last for a couple of months, some last only for a few hours - depending on the species.
    It is possible that your plant is on the tail end of its blooming period and is dropping the flowers as part of its normal cycle.

    The plant (at least the portion visible above the pot) looks healthy. And new growths are always a good sign.

    Observe the potting mix a few days after you water. If it dries up too fast, you should consider watering more frequently.

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    Here is the first picture. I just got it about 3 weeks ago for my birthday. My husband asked what I want and this beauty was my choice. I am not sure if I remember the name correctly (still having a hard time with the names) but is something like Degarmoara Hybrid. After doing some research I even foud the mix: Brassia, Miltonia and Odontoglossum (if that helps)...
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    Your Avatar!!! Good choice.

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    Thanks alot!!! Hope is just me.......... I wish the flowers were immortal- will be nice! LOL. One more question: I just pollinated one of them (my avatar) about a week and a half ago. Do you think something will come out of it. Looks to me that it's going to fell...
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    Many plants can recognize pollen of their own or a related species by its protein 'fingerprints' and may reject the attempt unless you spit on the pollen first. (using your protein-destroying enzymes of course) If the pollination attempt is successful, within a few days, the stigma will swell and the lobes on either side will grow and close over the stigma. You know you failed if the stigma turns brown and dries out. If successful, the ovary behind the flower swells within a week or two. It takes from three to one hundred weeks for a seed pod to mature, depending on what type of orchid it is. If flasking, harvest at around two-thirds of the maturity time. (source: Understanding Orchids by William Cullina a really good reference book. Buy or borrow from the library)

    Some say that a successful pollination will cause the remaining blossoms to fade away, but this may be anecdotal. I do not have a published source.

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    Looks good to me. If the roots are ok, don't worry about it.

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    heheh ! That was quite funny to know, Joe is the spit thing mentioned in the book, or you figured it out yourself. I would surely like to do more reading on this subject.

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    hi margo,
    the plant looks fine to me, just go easy with the direct sunlight to give her time to adjust.

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