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What causes aborted spikes/buds?

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    Default What causes aborted spikes/buds?

    This summer, I've noticed that several of my orchids will push out a spike only to have the tip go brown and the spike/bud die. What causes this? Here is an example of the latest on a epicatt/epidendrum. Any insight would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Bud blast could be due to one or more of the following

    1) Sudden change and drastic in humidity/temprature
    2) some pest (midge)
    3) exposure to chemicals/gases like ethylene.
    4) lack of energy

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    Now all you have to do is figure out which of them was the cause.

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    So many orchid problems are virtually impossible to answer. I remember many years ago going to the then UK expert on cymbidiums, and asking why my new leaves failed to separate - they emerge folded flat , and should then split and flatten out. That expert looked at me and then answered with the put down - "poor culture" he said.
    Many years later, his firm went bust, he started up on his own, and had a big cymbidium collection ; I went to look at it, and he said "Geoff - you have been growing these damned things for 50 years, as I have - what am I doing wrong - the leaves emerge flat, and don't separate" . I looked him in the eye, and said - "Ray, its just poor culture".

    I doubt that he remembered, or got the joke - he went off in a huff.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    So many orchid problems are virtually impossible to answer. I remember many years ago going to the then UK expert on cymbidiums, and asking why my new leaves failed to separate - they emerge folded flat , and should then split and flatten out. That expert looked at me and then answered with the put down - "poor culture" he said.
    Many years later, his firm went bust, he started up on his own, and had a big cymbidium collection ; I went to look at it, and he said "Geoff - you have been growing these damned things for 50 years, as I have - what am I doing wrong - the leaves emerge flat, and don't separate" . I looked him in the eye, and said - "Ray, its just poor culture".

    I doubt that he remembered, or got the joke - he went off in a huff.....
    Great story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    So many orchid problems are virtually impossible to answer. I remember many years ago going to the then UK expert on cymbidiums, and asking why my new leaves failed to separate - they emerge folded flat , and should then split and flatten out. That expert looked at me and then answered with the put down - "poor culture" he said.
    Many years later, his firm went bust, he started up on his own, and had a big cymbidium collection ; I went to look at it, and he said "Geoff - you have been growing these damned things for 50 years, as I have - what am I doing wrong - the leaves emerge flat, and don't separate" . I looked him in the eye, and said - "Ray, its just poor culture".

    I doubt that he remembered, or got the joke - he went off in a huff.....

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