Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' will not be blooming (anytime soon)

There's not picture to head this post, because I don't have the heart to photograph carnage. 

The cat tipped over the orchid and chewed off the spike.  I have no idea why he did it (he hadn't showed interest in it before), and it's clear that it wasn't just an accident.  The growing tip of the spike was intentionally removed from the spike.

Maybe the spike will branch off and start a side spike.  I don't know.  I'm just disappointed and unsure how to protect my orchid in the future.  Consistently locking the cat out of the bedroom (and thus the orchid area) must be part of the answer.  That cuts down his roaming area by half, which I don't like.  But I don't know what else to do.

This right after Bud posted some beautiful Psychopsis bloom photos on the OrchidBoard, and after my own orchid put in some fast spike growth just makes me very sad.

[Insert expletive here] cat.

1 comment:

  1. Bad bad kitty! Definitely isolate your orchids from cats reach, at least until it grows up, becomes less playful, more "just-sleeping-ful" and gets smarter not to chew stuff that is not cat food.
    Sorry about the spike, but since plant wasn't damaged - it will give you another one.
    Good thing orchids are not poisonous.