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Damaged Goods ... a paph orchid

This is a discussion on Damaged Goods ... a paph orchid within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This beautiful paph supports an 18" spike topped with 4 flowers. I was so looking ...

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    Default Damaged Goods ... a paph orchid

    This beautiful paph supports an 18" spike topped with 4 flowers. I was so looking forward to their opening and now that they have begun, I see they are damaged! I know water will produce the brown shriveled appearance of the pouch but I specifically NEVER spray the flowers with water. Also, notice the dorsal seems to be shriveling... so what's your thoughts. This is the 2nd year for me with this plant and last year's were just beautiful.....





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    I hope someone can help you with this. To my eyes, they are still beautiful.

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    Howard I would guess water with low temps...the other flowers should be fine

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    Doesn't look too bad to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    Doesn't look too bad to me!
    Hopefully, the other flowers will be normal and I'll post comparision pics.... then you'll see just how nasty these are!

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    i've had similar happen... usually the damage occurs either because of water & cold as Ron said, or the initial damage is mecahnical, ie if i bump the flower (or it falls); and sometimes it is caused by an insect pest and the browning just keeps expanding.

    The good news is that it isn't inherent in the plant, so the other flowers, and future blooming should be ok.

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    I bet it was the water temp. Hopefully it will be back to normal with the next blooms.

    Cheers,
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    Very cute. I hope have it in my collection.

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    I think I know how you feel. You have high expectation for your blooms to be just perfect and then they arn't what you expect and beat yourself up for what you think you did wrong. It's not like you can go back and do it over. There will be more blooms to come and they are still beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    I bet it was the water temp. Hopefully it will be back to normal with the next blooms.

    Cheers,
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    Water temp as in the temperature of the water used to water the plant or cold water got on the flower? I know many say paphs need warm water.

    Thanks for all the encouraging notes... they are very helpful and appreciated!

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