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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:29 pm 
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Hi guys,
This is a noid cattleya that didn't flower last year, although it had been reliable until then.
When this year's blooms opened the obvious reaction was - virus!
However, the flowers have been holding their own for several weeks and the experience I've had with virused flowers in the past has always been that they fade very quickly. There are two blooms and both have slight markings. One of the lips didn't develop properly this year (but that should not be related).
I know I should just bin it but what do you think?


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I too would be worried with that Rachel. I can't say that it is a virus but it has the signs of colour break. My advice is bin it. It's not that special to look at and with the lovely plants you have you would be taking a big risk by keeping it.

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It could be virus. Colour breaks like that tend to be symptomatic

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Thanks, Terry and David. You are probably right :)

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Hi guys,
This is a noid cattleya that didn't flower last year, although it had been reliable until then.
When this year's blooms opened the obvious reaction was - virus!
However, the flowers have been holding their own for several weeks and the experience I've had with virused flowers in the past has always been that they fade very quickly. There are two blooms and both have slight markings. One of the lips didn't develop properly this year (but that should not be related).
I know I should just bin it but what do you think?

Hello Rachael
If the plant flowered well in previous years then why should it be virused as it is in your private collection. If it did not flower last year then I suspect root damage. I cannot see the flowering growth and is it smaller than last years which did not flower. Remember a stressed plant for whatever reason will not do its best.In my eyes I would think about what you have done to this plant in the past and work from there
Brian



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:00 pm 
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Thanks for all the suggestions and good advice.
The plant went in the bin.
It was best in the end.

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Sordibub wrote:
Thanks for all the suggestions and good advice.
The plant went in the bin.
It was best in the end.

I think it is better to be cautious and protect your collection. A good and wise decision and for the best
Brian



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