Phrag. Jason Fischer

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LindaFVB

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Hi everyone,
Since this is my first phrag. I am unsure if this is the norm. I bought 3 weeks ago, Phrag. Jason Fischer (Mem. Dick Clements 'Rocket Flash' 4N x besseae 'Cow Hollow ll" FCC/AOS). There were two flower buds when I bought it, now there are three. The first bud opened 2 weeks ago, beautiful flower, the second bud opened yesterday but I just found the first flower bud had fallen off. The third bud is growing. But my question: is this normal that when one bud opens, the other drops? or is there something else?
Growing conditions: Under lights, and E to S window. Sits in water tray. The medium is bark. Definitely needs transplanting but was waiting for flowers to finish. Perhaps I should bite the bullet and transplant now? I grow orchids in S/H. Thankyou for any direction.
 

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That sounds pretty normal. You might get a one or two day overlap where two flowers are open. Your best bet for lots of flowers is for the plant to branch when its older.

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Thankyou for the quick reply. That is great news! Glad this is normal. With the Phil. Flower Show next week, I am hoping to add a few more paph. and phrag. orchids to the gang. Again, thanks for the education.
Linda
 

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There are rumors that when this happens before shows plant owners have been known to super glue the perfect looking fallen bloom back on. Not very ethical, tho. :)

Phrags are wonderful, but with the sequential ones like Jason Fischer, this is sometimes a bit frustrating!
 
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Thanks Heather for the headsup, I will look for signs of super glue as I wonder aimlessly next week! I guess I will count myself lucky that I am able to view these beautiful flowers for approx. 2 weeks each. Will this particular phrag. perhaps bloom again within the year? or is Jason Fischer a yearly bloomer?
 

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Phrags bloom on mature growth. It takes about a year for a growth to be mature, depending on your conditions and the parentage.
 

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