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Phaph flower failure

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    Unhappy Phaph flower failure

    Okay, I only have one phaph and I'm glad I only invested in one because I'm having trouble getting it to bloom. The leaf growth is fantastic. About 4 months ago, it started to spike and about 7 inches up the bud went limp and shriveled. I thought I had accidentally caught the stem on something and broke it so patiently waited for the next spike. It has spiked again and this time I made extra care not to break it. But now, about 7 inches up, the spike has shriveld once again and the bud has dried out. Sort of like damping off on a new seedling in the garden. What's the secret? Does the plant need to stay totally dry once it starts to spike. I kept the watering schedule the same throughout the whole process...once a week and kept the plant under my lights with the other guys. Help? What's the secret?
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    I have had my woes with Paphiopedilum. The biggest problem is water damage...it gets in the crown and the flower spike is no more! While I'm no expert in these matters, it is a possibility. Sorry for your loss, but look at the bright side....the plant looks otherwise healthy and next year you'll be smarter and better and have a wonderful flowering plant.

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    Default humididty problem

    Do you use a humidifier? When I have lost buds, it was due to low humidity, and mabye you have it in too much direct sunlight. I could not get my cymbidium orchids to hold their buds until I raised the humidity. Good luck.

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    Actually, it comes into spike every 5 months or so, so I must be doing something right with the growth pattern. I did move the plant last week. Perhaps they're sensitive to moving?

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    Default don't move it

    Yes, I don't believe you should move them until the flower opens. I have one of this type and almost killed it when it dried up when I was away for 10 days. It survived, but took 5 years before it spiked and bloomed for me in 2007. This year it looks healthy with new growth and I hope for another spike. I'm surprised you got a secnond spike after only 5 months, and the plant looks great. Don't give up.

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    My plant with old spike from 2007.

    Yours looks better than this plant.
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    Hi, you mentioned that you grow under lights and the spike reaches 7 inches and then dies... could it be getting too close to the light and getting burnt?

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    I guess it could be getting too close to the light, but I doubt it. I have tons of other orchids and many a phal spike has gotten much closer without any ill effects. The stem literally looks like it shrivels and collapses. I got this on a clearance table at a big box and there wasn't a bloom at the time. Could it be fungal?

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    Oh, I forgot to say. It already has a medium sized new "pup" growth off the side.

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    And Stevied, the big box nurseries ship these out all the time in spike and they don't seem to lose the bloom. Maybe I should stop watering it when in spike. Sort of like the big boxes...cause you know how ignored they are when you see them on display. They're usually dry as a bone!

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