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Maxillaria triloris 'Heather Nicole'

I have had this Maxillaria triloris 'Heather Nicole' since 2012. It bloomed successfully that year. Since then, it has had several bad experiences outdoors with excessive heat and drying out. It has also had some fungal issues this year, as you can see from the black spots on some leaves in the second picture. Last year, it produced spikes that blasted during the time it was indoors for the winter; I put that up to bad luck. But this year it produced 6 or 8 apparently healthy spikes and every one blasted before opening.

You can see the remains of two of the spikes in the foreground of the first picture. They were firm and fat until they suddenly turned brown and soft. At that point they separate easily from the plant. The new growths are coming in green, firm, and apparently healthy.

I have always watered my Maxies from the top, and they seemed to like it. But could the blasting be the result of water getting into the buds? What else would cause such a complete blasting?



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Hot and dry conditions or other extremes usually causes buds to blast for me.

In your case I can't say for sure but often it's because the plant is stressed and can't support the buds. Hot and dry weather is one cause but it could be something else.

I am doubtful that it's because water got into the buds.
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I hope you will have better luck next time. I try to avoid getting water on my buds but I have had this happen, too. With the Angraecum leonis, I suspect it is the heat from the lights as I don't get those buds wet.
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Thanks to both of you, Bolero and Leafmite. I have been mulling over the stressors in my orchid's lives and how to reduce them. In this case I may try keeping this plant indoors longer this summer in hopes of growing a better crop of leaves this year, which in turn may support the blooms. I'm also looking at intensity of light through a south-facing window; it may actually have been too bright for this plant on some of the warm, sunny winter days, even though I provide a light curtain.

Lots to think about. I'll keep working on it!
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