FLOWER SPIKES: Shrivel in the Middle

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

Posted by Sys Admin almost 6 years ago.

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Oncidiums show this collapse which is possibly caused by heat stress and water stress combined; a rapidly developing spike if overheated even momentarily will have its cells collapse; water stress is where the spike outgrows its ability to draw water. A86-586
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FLOWER SPIKES: Breaking Off Without Cause In equitant oncidiums it can be caused by heat or water stress. A86-586 0
FLOWER SPIKES: Cutting Them Off Early After a reasonable period (unstated) the spikes should be cut as a contributing factor in long term successful cultivation; as for Oncidium concolor, which otherwise has a relatively short greenhose life. OR84-320 0
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