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Weird spikes on Brs Coos Bay

This is a discussion on Weird spikes on Brs Coos Bay within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I bought this guy last fall... do the spikes always curl like this? There are ...

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    Default Weird spikes on Brs Coos Bay

    I bought this guy last fall... do the spikes always curl like this? There are no bugs. Did I under water or something?

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    I tell you - these guys hate me...

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    Your p-bulbs look fine, so I don't think you underwatered.

    The spikes look like the slightly twist. Did you change the plant's orientation to the sun once it spiked..

    Other than that, I'm clueless...

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    I have a Brassia/Oncidium hybrid which, during a certain adolescent period of spike growth, will actually lash its bloom spike back and forth from day to day. Might be a response to light along with proper nutrition. In the morning I would wake up and see the spike curled all the way to the right and by the time I got back home from work, the spike would have swung all the way over to the other side. Time-lapse photography would be interesting to see. This stops once the spike is long enough.

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    Or it could be the humidity situation. My humidity is very low much of the time and with oncs I have to keep an eye out for spikes which get caught up in the leaves from which they emerge. Even after I release them they are prone to twisting and getting deformed in many strange ways.

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    I think it is probably light and humidity. If you stake the spike, it should eventually correct itself.


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    Sometimes the spike gets caught up in the leaf and grows against it, kinking itself. It should hurt the flowers at all.


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