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Old 01-18-2008, 11:59 PM
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Vuylstekeara- Bud Blast?!?

My new Vuylstekeara 'Shady Lady' was in flower at the time I bought it; it has yet another developing spike, and it seemed all was well, till I noticed that the highest buds have a covering that seems to be drying out/turning brown. Is this bud blast, or am I being an orchi-hypochondriac?

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Old 01-19-2008, 01:31 AM
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If it's drying out and browning, I'd say it's blasting
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:28 AM
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It sure does look like bud blast, the same thing happened to me this winter with a dendrobium, oh well, it happens.
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:53 PM
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Yes it looks like a blast. Did you change the location of the plant after it spiked?

I had 01 Den that had spiked & about 15 cm long. My itchy hand went to change its old location, thinking it will be better for the plant - Bang boom it blast.
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I bought a Vuly last year and it did not do well, but remember I am in cold weather th/ the winter months? I think it looks like bud blast...sorry, j
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:18 PM
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It may have been a draft. It was in the 40s and my cleaning lady was 'airing out' the area with my cases...sigh. Sure enough, both buds on the spike are out of hope. Oh well.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:26 PM
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I've never grown Vuylstekeara but I did grow an Odontocidium that had a spike blast similar to your Vuylstekeara. Upon closer examination I discovered I had soft brown scale. Check your plant for hidden scale.
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:16 AM
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Well, here is an update to the saga; the lower bud was only slightly blasted, and ended up opening fairly well.

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Congrats !!! Too bad that most of the buds blasted though It would have been a sight to see all the blooms. But hey one is better than none! I love the color! (You ought to put it in the contest)
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:41 AM
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closeup!!

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Wow, even if there was only this one, its a beauty.
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Very nice, look on the bright side at least you got to see one bud open eh????
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Glad you got to enjoy one..........it is gorgeous!
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Great flower!!
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It's beautiful. I think we all know bud blast. I have a Cattleya intermedia that had two buds. It's on my windowsill. The bud closest to the window blasted on a very cold night, while the other bud is getting larger and is beginning to show a little pink color. Sometimes it doesn't take much.
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