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Problem with Epidendrum Mabel Kanda

This is a discussion on Problem with Epidendrum Mabel Kanda within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, I have a problem with my Epidendrum Mabel Kanda. It flowered in this summer. ...

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    Default Problem with Epidendrum Mabel Kanda

    Hi, I have a problem with my Epidendrum Mabel Kanda. It flowered in this summer. After its flowering, I repotted it. But since then, it never showed any sign of growing. But the leaves and its stem are good, no sign of yellow or sickness (see the pic). The only problem is it stops growing.

    It receives direct sunlight for 4-5 hours (mostly in the morning and the later afternoon). I water it once per 3 days in the summer, and 4 days in the winter. It is now in 4inch pot. I fertilize it weekly and weakly in the summer and fall, and much less in the winter. The temperature (winter) is 60-65 F in the day and 40-50F in the night.

    Thank you for your help. Happy New Year!




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    Hi Zhilin. your plants looked very healthy to me it's ok just a matter of time to produce new growth.Through my experience some of Epidendrum species very slow growing( mine Epi ilense) you need to be patience.Good luck.

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    Hi, Your plant looks great. I am glad you posted about your problem because I am experiencing the same thing with mine. It bloomed beautifully last spring/summer. After it was done I repotted it which it needed badly. You couldn't see the old pot for roots and there was very little growing medium left. Since repotting it hasn't declined but the rapid root growth has ceased. Perhaps it is just the nature of this plant to take awhile resestablishing itself. I hope so because I really love the blooms on it. Good luck with yours and hope to see other posts that might offer us some suggestions.

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    I do see that your orchid is getting as much light as it can physically take. If it were mine, ( and I DO have a Mabel Kanda ) I would give it a TINY amount of LESS light. When my orchids approach getting red/red spots on their leaves, I know without a doubt, that I must lower their light level a tiny bit. Just my opinion...Betty :-)

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    I thank you for the cultural information Betty. I am raising a few each Epidendrums, Epicattleyas, and Encyclias. Other than this Forum, cultural information on the Net is limited at best. AL

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    Not to disagree with you, Betty, but the grower I purchased mine from said that as much light as possible was needed and that the red/burgandy leaves were a sign that it was getting the proper amount light that it needed for bloom. Am only passing on what I was told. Perhaps the amount of light given depends on where one lives. I am sure the sun is much hotter in Texas than here in fridgid PA. LOL

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    One possible explanation is repotting before the plant was in new active growth. I repot my orchids as they begin new growth, otherwise you can cause a plant to go dormant or worse, die. Extended dormancy is common in plants repotted before active growth has begun. The only time I will repot a plant without active growth is in an emergency. Many Cattleya and related genera will languish and/or die if repotted at the wrong time.

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    Thanks, Don, I agree with you 100%. Mine was in active growth at the time of repotting. Plant isn't suffering nor are roots dying it just isn't producing the abundance of new roots like it had and the growth rate has slowed compared to what it had been before repotting..

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    Bill, I know that the same type cultivar will grow differently in different parts of the country. It's true...The sun here in Texas IS particularly strong! I've not had the experience of a "growth slow down" except in Winter, when ALL of them grow a little slower. And, as far as the "red stem/leaves" go, when MY orchids get that, I know to give them a bit less light/sun. Everyone can surely do as they please with their own orchids... I do have to say, however, that my Mabel Kanda is doing well, and has a spike coming.....Betty :-)

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    Boy Betty do I know what your talking about when your discussing the 'strong' sun. Here in New Mexico at 5400 Feet, with a northern exposure greenhouse, I have two 50% shade cloths up in the summer (on the roof). Ones a Aluminet to keep things cooler. You would think it would be dark in there. Not on your life! There are so many variables that advice can only be general. I do not believe that our hobby could ever be a exact science. We all 'tune in' to our orchids and their needs as best we can. Individual experience and using your instincts helps. I wonder if we would like it more if we could just follow a instruction manual and always get great results! I have gone on long enough. Hopefully I have not bored the entire readership! AL

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