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This is a discussion on So What Happens Now? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm pretty sure the gray balls are just time-release fertilizer. I've seen gray time release ...
I'm pretty sure the gray balls are just time-release fertilizer. I've seen gray time release fertilizer before. Slime mold would be, well... slimy, not solid like that.
Well it only seems fair that after you showed me yours I show you mine! I have at last -almost a year to the day- finally got a sheath on my Bc Tetradip 'Junko'!! I am so happy, it was an accident I am sure but I am with sheath!!
I am delirious with joy. I have watched so many leads form and then do nothing apart from make another lead and that was it. I had all but given up ever hoping to see the blooms on this beauty or indeed smell the fabulous fragrance that she puts out at night. But low and behold, I had a look down the latest matured lead today and to my utter astonishment there was a bulge inside. I had another look and sure enough there was something taking up space inside the lead. This has been under a daylight bulb for the last two / three weeks getting 16 hours of daylight and 21C / 72F so I am unsure whether that triggered the sudden sheath or if it was down to nature but either way, I am happy that it is doing something exciting. I now have to wait for the buds to form but that is easy compared to waiting for the sheath to arrive.
Thanks for all of your help.
Hi Susie suggestion to your delemma make sure you have free draining potting mix keep out of pots with no drianing holes , flush at least once a month to remove unwanted salts etc hang out to dry good air circulation or use different pot mix . i have had many plants i wood charcoal only no problems cheers lot depends where you live , climate and sunlight plus other problem plants close by cheers Richard