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Old 07-31-2020, 11:22 AM
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You're not a confirmed orchid grower until you start getting rid of furniture for more space.
Well, I think this fall, that time will come lol.
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It is my understanding that sudden changes in culture can cause Cymbidium buds to blast.
Quite possible JS. I have read that the group of cyms that require cold weather for decent chances of producing flower spike (not the warm weather spikers) can be known to abort the flower spike - even quite advanced stage spikes.

As for warm weather spikers ----- I definitely wouldn't be surprised if a change of growing conditions causes buds to blast. Will keep an eye and ear out about this.
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Quite possible JS. I have read that the group of cyms that require cold weather for decent chances of producing flower spike (not the warm weather spikers) can be known to abort the flower spike - even quite advanced stage spikes.

As for warm weather spikers ----- I definitely wouldn't be surprised if a change of growing conditions causes buds to blast. Will keep an eye and ear out about this.
I know that is definitely true of the cool growers. Back in my younger days, I wanted so bad to grow Cymbidiums. I even bought several. They were in full bloom when I bought them, so the flowers were fine. Then they would grow new pseudobulbs, and all would be well. I would leave them outside, and we get the kind of fall weather that they need to spike, so they would start to spike. however, there comes a time when it is too cold to leave them outside any longer, so they had to come in, and when I brought them in, all the buds would blast. This went on for like three years before I finally gave up on them haha.

But I think that has more to do with the fact that Cymbidiums just need cold weather while the buds develop, and the change to warmer conditions caused the buds to blast.

With the warm growing ones, I don't know if moving them from one warm location to another warm location would pose any risk to the spikes, but I'd rather not chance it, and I'd like to keep my growing conditions as close to the ones they came from, and I don't think they came from a place where every day is 95, and the nights are 80, so I chose to keep them inside rather than put them outside. I'm sure if they were accustomed to my outside growing conditions they would be fine, but I think suddenly sticking them out there when it's 95 might make the buds blast, so I'll keep them inside until they bloom. Once they bloom and I repot them, they can go outside and I don't expect any problems.

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The spikes are just starting to grow, they're only two or three inches tall at the moment. I don't know if that makes them more or less susceptible to blast from changing conditions, but I think it would make them less susceptible than they would be if they were farther along.
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Quite possible JS. I have read that the group of cyms that require cold weather for decent chances of producing flower spike (not the warm weather spikers) can be known to abort the flower spike - even quite advanced stage spikes.

As for warm weather spikers ----- I definitely wouldn't be surprised if a change of growing conditions causes buds to blast. Will keep an eye and ear out about this.
I have moved them up from the basement and had them blast. It's not cold down there either.
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It's been 5 days, and the spikes are definitely growing well, so I think I'll keep them in the house by my good east window (gets direct sun from about 7 until about 1, Mayb not enough light to grow them there forever, but it should be enough to keep them happy while the buds develop) until after blooming and repotting. They seem happy where they are, so I'm just going to leave them there. And don't cooler temperatures tend to lead to better color on the blooms? I bring a lot of my outside plants inside during the summer while the buds are developing, because I feel like they have better color under the lights than they do when I leave them outside. Especially the Cattleyas seem susceptible to this. The flowers are even larger if I let the buds develop under the lights than if I leave them outside to develop.
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