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My sister's bizarro peloric paph...

This is a discussion on My sister's bizarro peloric paph... within the Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Cypripedium IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Jane's in Oakland (moved from SF), so a bit warmer and more humid than Mass. ...

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    Jane's in Oakland (moved from SF), so a bit warmer and more humid than Mass. for sure. She keeps them all on individual copper humidity trays (she's still in that aesthetic stage, I should send her all my old cachepots!) At any rate, it will be interesting to see what happens on its next bloom. It has another growth maturing. Hopefully, once done, she'll move it into a brighter location.

    Thanks for the suggestions all!

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    Hi Heather,

    I was just reading something on bud blast and it talked about the effects of ethylene. Ethylene is a plant regulatory hormone, that often triggers flower, petal and leaf drop. (I'm not sure about abnormal formation of flowers.)

    Fruit is a common source of ethylene - apples are one of the worst. I helped a friend run an apple stand in Vermont the fall after I got out of college. At the end of a long Saturday, we moved all of the mums that were for sale inside the little building (that had maybe 50 bushels of apples) and locked up for the night. The next morning every mum had dropped every petal! That was my ethylene lesson.

    I don't know how it effects flower formation, or even orchids, but it might be worth considering. Another big source of ethylene is incomplete combustion. That can be from furnaces, cigarette smoke (don't smoke - it's bad for your orchid's health) and ...fireplaces!

    Just a thought.

    Julie

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    If I'm not mistaken, paphs are much more resistant to ethylene than some of the other orchids, i.e. phals.

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    Thanks,
    It didn't blast though, it just didn't open fully. I don't know why it didn't open but I don't think her culture/placement is all that great, frankly, so could be any number of reasons for it.

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