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Blasted bud blast, part 2

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    Wink Blasted bud blast, part 2

    Blasted bud blast!!!
    Hey there. I posted this elsewhere, but then realized I probably should have posted it here. Maybe you all can help...

    Anyway, I recently purchased a Paphiopedilum Pinnocchio from a very reputable orchid grower. It was in bloom when I bought it (it's a sequential bloomer) and the first bloom has now died off. Another bud developed, but now is looking increasingly "droopier" every day. I'll admit that the temp of my house was not ideal when the orchid first came home, but I feel I have remidied that problem. Aside from that, I keep a fan near (not too near and not on all the time) my orchids to give them some air flow and have them in home-made humidifying trays (they are NOT sitting in water). The paph gets good light and not much (if any...I live in Oregon) direct sun. I use the same fertilizer as the grower and have stuck to her watering/fertilizing schedule in order to make the paph's transition to my home as easy as possible. I guess I just want to know if anyone has any advice for me on my droopy bud. It is almost pointing straight down. Is it a lost cause at this point? Can a bud on its way down the "bud blast spiral of death" be recovered? I know many things can cause bud blast, but I feel like my environment is pretty stable (all my other orchids are doing great). Could I be wrong? Help me please!

    PS: Aside from Mr. Droopy Bud, the plant seems fine. The leaves and roots look perky and happy. New buds are developing on the same flower spike as the droopy guy and a new spike is popping up (and looking healthy).

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    paph buds will often times point straight down at first. I wouldnt worry about it.

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    Ditto to Forrests post , I have one looking at it's pot , but is not blasting , usually they get shrivled looking if going to blast . Gin

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    Thanks! I was hoping that was the case. I noticed today that it appears to be opening just the slightest. Yippie!

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