Paphiopedilum orchid sudden spike withered.

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  1. Trillion

    Trillion New Member

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    Hello all and thank you for allowing me to join the forum.
    I'm needing to ask a question about my paphiopedilum "midnight" orchid. She is my very first orchid, and things seemed to be going well. Her color was good and her leaves were ferm. I was not expecting her to go into spike as she was young but when she did I truly was extatic. I watched her carefully and though she was growing very slowly I had read that was normal so did not worry. Last night I came home and it looked as though the spike just below the bud had been pinched and it was hanging low like a broken neck. I just don't know what may have happened and I am devastated. Can anyone give me some advice?
     
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    vitog Well-Known Member

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    A close-up photo of the bent flower spike would be helpful.
     
  3. Trillion

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    Here's that Pic. I hope it uploaded. I'm new to this.
     

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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Bud Blast

    Breaks your heart when this happens!
    Your plant looks OK---keep giving it good care and I bet it will give you a flower someday.

    Welcome to the Forum!
     
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    Thanks for the welcome
    It really has broken my heart, almost cried. Bud blast... I looked that up. Says it can happen from many factors. It did get cooler that night. Does that mean I need to remove it from that window completely? It's hard to find that sweet spot of just the right amount of indirect sun light.
     
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