Phrag. Unexpected unusual flower growth and appearance

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Michael Bonda

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This is a Phrag. Leslie Garay from my collection that I found while watering and doing my daily upkeep with a flower emerging from a mature growth with no inflorescence spike or sheath and the flower is very deformed. 1623256214017.jpeg
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Can someone advise why this could have happened (my conditions of growing and fertilizing? Or just an oddity) and will the growth ever send a normal spike in the future?
I assime I should cut off the flower to encourage better growth from the plant.
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To me it looks like the stem was broken some way or other. The plant looks very
healthy and quite capable to putting out new growth. I Usually stake my spikes as
they lengthen.
 

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O.K. what'd you do to scare it???!!!! I've never seen a Phrag. do that before.
 

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O.K. what'd you do to scare it???!!!! I've never seen a Phrag. do that before.
I watered it with rain or RO water. I fertilized weakly weekly. I gave it fresh media. I provided medium to high light. But at least I did not kill it! Most of my slippers that I “scare” just try to die on me rather than attempt to flower. I’ll give this plant less attention and wait till the next season for a better flower.
 

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Since you didn't do anything terribly wrong, do you suppose it might be too
warm for this Phrag. in your neck of the woods?
 

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Yes it’s too warm for everything in my part of Florida.
I keep my growing area under 85-90 with misting system and fans during the heat of summer June-September.
This plant is from EquageneraUSA just North of my location in Florida and their greenhouses are kept in similar conditions (fans and cooling system - not an evaporator cooler).
I bring my species like humboldtii and wallisii inside and grow under lights (max 78 degrees) during the summer.
Hoping for a better spike next time.
 
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