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This is a discussion on Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' leaf problem within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thank you for your reply, Gurjeet....you're encouraging. Hopefully it will pull through. I don't expect ...
Thank you for your reply, Gurjeet....you're encouraging. Hopefully it will pull through. I don't expect blooms anytime soon, or anytime at all, for that matter (judging by past history) but it would be great if it pulled through and and soon became a happy orchid.
QUOTE=Gurj;325223]When I received my Psychopsis in post, 4 of them were young plugs and they looked exactly like yours in the picture, bone dry roots. I planted all of them in SH and in the matter of a month, they started to grow out roots. They are happy now. It is said they don't like the re-potting regime but its got to be done and in my opinion they are not as delicate as they myth goes around. I am sure this one will grow out as a strong one again.[/QUOTE]
well soak in Physan or as some say bleach and allow to dry overnight...and yes as Daethen said remove ALL dead roots and old pbs....use more inert materials..steer clear of those that retain moisture i.e. coco chips,moss etc watch these Trichocentrum luridum roots..in charcoal,pebbles and clay only!
i went out and took this pic for you
This is where I got really confused as a beginner. I am no expert now!! Everyone throwing different ideas at you. King, this will work perfectly for you as you are in a more humid region. Vicki, you need to decide for you what will work best then give it a try. It can be scary, but just keep an eye on it and it will do fine.
Jonada, I know what you mean about confusion in the beginning. Anyway, I repotted it in mostly coco nuggets, but some bark, charcoal, lava rock and even a tad of sphag, too (although I basically detest it for my growing conditions).
I'll keep checking it all along and try to adjust what it might seem to be unhappy with, if I can.
Thanks for your help.
I did remove the veleman from the dead roots, but I couldn't remove the entire mass of dry stringy roots themselves. I hope that was ok. ??
Neither did I remove all the old pbs..only the one that had seemed to begin to rot. In your opinion, did I make a mistake?
u did well except why did u just remove the velamen ?u have to trim the wiry centre of the roots...once a root dead remove it entirely...what prevented u from accomplishing this?...yes by old pb meant the unhealthy ones not the viable backbulbs....sorry for the confusion
As I very gently pulled at the roots in order to see which ones were living and which were not, the velemen that were covering the dead ones came off in my hand, only leaving the string. I tried to clip as many strings from the base of the plant as I thought was feasible, but there were places that I was afraid would injure the good roots if I tried to get all of them. Should I unpot it and re-try to remove all of the strings then repot?
I would say no. I often leave the stringy inner root on to help stabilize the plant when I repot. I've never run into a problem from doing so. Repotting again will potentially cause more damage to the good roots.
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