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Lycaste leaf drop?

Hi,

I know these are deciduous but I have a small hybrid seedling which has lost the leaves in Spring from the new growth. The new growth is also much smaller than the older growths which means the plant is really set back now.

Is this normal? If not, will new growth form quickly?

All my other Lycaste's are growing well, the bulbs are plump and green so I think it's ok but why would it drop leaves at the start of Spring?

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Interesting. I have a Lycaste aromatica that had leaves all winter, even though it was outside most of the time. They dropped in the spring, new growth slowly appeared, and now (autumn for us) it has the best bloom I've ever gotten from it. The new bulbs are not really formed yet, so I'm hoping they will continue to develop during the next few months, before it gets really cold.

As to why, I have no clue. Sorry--I just seem to let them be and they do what they want!

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Interesting. I have a Lycaste aromatica that had leaves all winter, even though it was outside most of the time. They dropped in the spring, new growth slowly appeared, and now (autumn for us) it has the best bloom I've ever gotten from it. The new bulbs are not really formed yet, so I'm hoping they will continue to develop during the next few months, before it gets really cold.

As to why, I have no clue. Sorry--I just seem to let them be and they do what they want!

So I will just leave it and things should be ok.......I was worried that something was wrong. Thanks! I know they drop leaves but it usually has leaves through winter but lost them during the winter. I am sure it will be ok..........
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Ok so some good news. Even though the new bulbs were smaller and had completely lost leaves I found new growths on all of them when I repotted on the weekend. So I will just protect the new growths from pests and they should be good to go.

Hopefully the next bulbs will be bigger. I must admit I may have had them too moist over winter.
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I have been growing them this winter with some warmth. I bought back a nice hybrid flask from Taiwan in March.

So far they are doing better, I will keep them drier and warmer this winter and see how they go in their next growth phase.
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