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Storm Casualty

This is a discussion on Storm Casualty within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; 2 weeks ago, all was going fine with the orchids growing under a shadecloth on ...

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    2 weeks ago, all was going fine with the orchids growing under a shadecloth on the roof. Then one Monday afternoon while it was raining, a freak storm arrived without a warning. It lasted only few minutes but was strong enough to knock down big treees and cut off traffic for few hours. When I went up the roof after the storm, the scene was like we had been hit by a tornado. Bent aluminum supports dangled dangerously, smashed pots, broken pieces of plants litttered the area. Not a single orchid remained upright. Some of them was blown away and landed on my neighbours roof tops, some on the pavement below. Miraculously, aside from few bruises and broken new growth, most of them was unharmed.

    Despite what my orchids had gone through, I am thankful that no one was hurt among my neighbours with all those debris flying around during the storm

    This Den aggregatum is one of the few who suffered most. I had given up hope that this one will spike this year. It started to produce growth first and when the new growth started to grow leaves, out came the spikes, all six of them, only to be smashed by the freak storm. Just one half spike remained and not a single new growth.

    I now call it Den aggrestorm .

    Second pic is how it looks like last year with 4 spikes
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    Wow. It looks remarkably alright given what it has been through. I'm glad you didn't loose any plants and that no one was injured. Your plant even managed to keep one spike it looks like. That is good news too.

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    That must be a terrible feeling seeing all the smashed chids. It is really amazing that your plants didn't suffer more. I'm sure they will be able to recover though when you think about what they must go through in nature - out in the wild. Animals and storms are probably always tearing them apart to some degree.

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    They're definitely hardier than most people give them credit for! The plant still looks good Tanya, and with all those mature growths, you'll have new ones coming up in no time. Glad the storm didn't do anything worse than hurl them around.....

    Den aggrejulie??

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    Sorry about the trouble , could of been worse , the Dend. will be fine it looks pretty darn good . Gin

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    Well, cuts and bruises have healed (I hope) and business as usual for the orchids. Raining almost everyday and I'm keeping vigil for rots, and I saw that the Den aggrestorm have sprouted 2 new growths . Its less than half of what it losts but at least its growing again, and best of all, no rots.


    Den aggrejulie sounds a good name

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