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Hopped up on Root Hormones?

This is a discussion on Hopped up on Root Hormones? within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a mature phal and for some reason it bloomed out with lots of ...

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    Default Hopped up on Root Hormones?

    This is a mature phal and for some reason it bloomed out with lots of mutant flowers this year. It has probably 35 flowers on a branching spike and at least 2/3 of them are mutant--notably the newest flowers are the least likely to be mutated.

    My theory is that it got too much rooting hormone--SuperThrive because for March and April it was "in the line of fire" when I watered the vandas with a SuperThrive mixture once a month. That was when the buds were setting on this phal. Could that have caused these mutations or should I look for some rogue spider bite or cosmic rays or nuclear experiment gone bad--you know the other possible causes of mutation.
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    That's crazy.... and yet amazing!!

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    Nope. A normal peloric...(an oxymoron)..

    This looks like Baldan's Kaleidoscope 'Three Lips' to me...I've seen these in the big box stores and had to check out the tag. I thought it was kind of cute that someone enjoyed the peloric flowers enough to mericlone them.

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    One more thing...

    I've noticed that flowers affected by SuperThrive appear deformed and not necessarily peloric..if that makes sense.

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    Hi Sadie,

    I agree with Clint. Those appear to be genetically predisposed to be peloric.
    Superthrive overdose will result in deformations in the flowers and young growths.
    Peloric is beautiful compared to what you would get with a Superthrive OD. As strong as Superthrive can be, I doubt that it can actually alter the genetic composition of the plant.

    Some peloric plants are consistently peloric (all flowers are uniformly mutated, every single season). While some are partially peloric, where there is a mix of mutated and normal flowers - and in some seasons all flowers look normal.

    One idea though: if those plants were borderline peloric, then perhaps the Superthrive merely pushed it over the edge, but not the real cause.

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    I have one that blooms peloric one year and normal the next year . I don't use Super Thrive .. Gin

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    How very strange--I guess this one really is a mutant.

    Here are some more pictures of its bizzare blooming--notice that some of the flowers are perfectly normal.
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    Very pretty...I just saw a few of these at a big box the other day. The exact same blant, I believe. It's too bad the peloric flowers don't really open all the way.

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    Interesting bloom anyway. I would keep it.

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    and beutifull too...I agree with wetfeet & Clint. Those appear to be genetically predisposed to be peloric.
    looks beutifull i would defently kip it!!!!!

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