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Rossioglossum Rawdon Jester

This is a discussion on Rossioglossum Rawdon Jester within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My Rawdon Jester that I received about a month and a half ago had a ...

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    My Rawdon Jester that I received about a month and a half ago had a new growth when it came. I repotted it immediately as I always do when I purchase new plants, and since then it's barely grown 1 mm. Are these things really that slow? The growth also doesn't look like typical Oncidium-family growths...I'm used to seeing new growths start out as little grassy looking things that get taller and taller. On this one it's a bulbous looking growth with two teeny little prongs sticking up from the middle. Very odd for an Onc. relative.

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    Yep, that's what a new growth on a rossioglossum should look like, they're always very fat and succulent right from the start rather than thin and slender. You are right though, even though they're fat they should shoot up quickly once they start to grow. Your plant is probably in a bit of a shock after being moved from wherever it was growing to Houston (a tad warm for these plants) and also from being repotted, but I'm sure it will pick up again soon. If it were really unhappy it would have started to shed its leaves and the new growth would have gone mushy, so I wouldn't worry too much at this stage. Give it a bit more time to establish itself. Mine have just started to grow as well, so I'll try to remember to take some pics and post them here for you so you can compare them.

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    I grow Rossioglossum grande and yes, the new growth will progress slowly if the temperature is higher. That's what I have found in my many years of growing these guys. Mine has 2 new growths and they are moving at a 'glacial pace' (to quote Miranda Priestly) :-)

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    That is good to know because I have a grande too and I have repotted it twice -the first time into sphag only but then I panicked and potted again into a mainly bark, perlite and charcoal mix with a bit of sphag. It has not grown I don't think but it is still plump and healthy in appearance with only the slightest wrinkling so I shall wait. I have just seen another one that I shall get if and when I get this into bloom, Odontoglossum Holm's Tiger. Stunning!

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