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Withering jewel orchids

This is a discussion on Withering jewel orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I recently acquired some seedlings of Anoectochilus roxburghii and Ludisia Discolor. I checked out the ...

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    I recently acquired some seedlings of Anoectochilus roxburghii and Ludisia Discolor. I checked out the guidelines for best culture: not too bright, damp but not wet, humid. So I put them in my bathroom (with skylight) and mist them every now and then.

    However, they are not doing very well. The seem to wither, losing leaves (yellow) and shrivelling, the stems hanging down.

    What could be the problem?

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    Naturally Ludisia discolour is a creeper, or if in a pot, a cascader. I am thinking perhaps it is a case of air movement. They like fresh air, and air in a bathroom can get quite stagnant at times. However, i cant help you with the Anoectochilus.....

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    A picture will help. Anoectochilus is much more sensitive to environmental conditions than Ludisia.

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    I dipped them yesterday, and the Ludisia seems to be doing better. The Anoectochilus stays 'fragile'. How can I post pix here? They are not on a webpage...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawv View Post
    I dipped them yesterday, and the Ludisia seems to be doing better. The Anoectochilus stays 'fragile'. How can I post pix here? They are not on a webpage...
    Go to "advanced" when you go to quick reply. Then click on the paper clip, and it should open a new window. Click the small link that says 'Basic Uploader' and upload your photos direct from the 'My Pictures' folder. Make sure they are smaller than 700 x 700 as well, modify this using windows office picture manager

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    I struggled with Anoectochilus until I bumped up the humidity by enclosing them in a dome.

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    So this is the Anoectochilus

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    This is the Ludisia, which did lose a leaf or two

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    And this is an unknown jewel orchid. Would anyone know which one??

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    BTW: they are all set in sphagnum, and I keep them damp (they are still a bit moist now due to yesterday's dipping). Under the inside pot there are clay balls and water - which does not reach the inside pot - to provide more humidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdayinflorida View Post
    I struggled with Anoectochilus until I bumped up the humidity by enclosing them in a dome.
    Thanks for the suggestion. Would that be a closed dome? I thought they would also need some circulation? Do you have a picture?

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    Ludisia are actually quite hardy. Even a small surviving section will begin growing again. Treat them like a phalaenopsis. When they are close to being dry, water them. They do not like being too soggy although they do like to be damp. It's a tough balance...which is why I let mine go a little drier maybe than is best, but it keeps them from rotting. Also; they like much less light than normal...I have to keep mine where it gets no direct sunlight. Good Luck...hope you will get them thriving again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawv View Post
    So this is the Anoectochilus

    Name:  1. Anoectochilus.jpg
Views: 1457
Size:  117.8 KB

    This is the Ludisia, which did lose a leaf or two

    Name:  2. Ludisia.jpg
Views: 1435
Size:  117.8 KB


    And this is an unknown jewel orchid. Would anyone know which one??

    Name:  3. Jewel.jpg
Views: 1875
Size:  106.4 KB

    BTW: they are all set in sphagnum, and I keep them damp (they are still a bit moist now due to yesterday's dipping). Under the inside pot there are clay balls and water - which does not reach the inside pot - to provide more humidity.
    They both look like Ludisia to me. And these a terrestrial-put them in some soil. If they were epiphytes, then i would say spag was fine. That may be the first thing that is causing them to wilt.

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