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Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' leaf problem

This is a discussion on Psychopsis Mendenhall 'Hildos' leaf problem within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Jason, did I remove the bad roots the correct way...by gently pulling them? If ever ...

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    Jason, did I remove the bad roots the correct way...by gently pulling them? If ever I questioned good vs bad in the past, this is what I did if bad roots were not obvious to me. Now give me a phal, and I can remove all the bad roots with my eyes closed. lol TOTALLY KIDDING! You get my drift, though. (By the way, I bet you could, too. lol)

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    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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    That's the way I go about it Vicki. If the velamen feels mushy and pulls off it goes. Maybe with ideal drainage and media it wouldn't matter what you left as it would just wash away as it deteriorated...possibly even fertilizing in the process. Most of us have to deal with less than ideal conditions though. So we need to be wary of anything in the media that could invite rot or clogging. I can't imagine that little filament doing so. Reading between the lines of orchid rules the most important thing to avoid is creating pockets of anaerobic space. Put that way, it's easier for me to grasp the concept.Posted via Mobile Device

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    Thanks, Jason!

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    no leave it as is...let the plant settle...i just wanted to make sure that no fungi or any bad bacteria wud find some way to cause any rot........u did good...next repotting u should be an expert

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    King, I agree that a humidity tray wouldn't hurt. I personally leave a saucer of water (about 1/2 to 1 inch) under the pot. Mine has become a very heavy drinker. Every once in a while I let it get kind of dry. Brit, I would suggest leaving yours a bit on the dry side for a while. It will let it settle in and maybe encourage new root growth. Towards spring I would start to increase the water available to it.

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    Jonata, you read my mind. I was sitting in the living room less than 10 mins. ago and told my husband that I need to ask you a question about the saucer of water under your psychopis.

    I just read your post, and I'll keep mine drier for awhile, as you advised. When you say that you keep your's in a saucer of water, do you mean literally sitting in a saucer of water or on pebbles or something? Also, just out of curiousity, is your's in a clay or plastic pot?
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    Thank you for all of your help, King!

    Of course, it's just a waiting game to see how well my plant does....keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

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    no leave it as is...let the plant settle...i just wanted to make sure that no fungi or any bad bacteria wud find some way to cause any rot........u did good...next repotting u should be an expert

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    Yes, I actually have it sitting in the water with no pebbles under it. I don't keep water in it all the time, but I rarely let the plant totally dry out. At least in the summer. A bit drier in the fall/winter. I have one in a clay pot and 3 in plastic pots this way. This is one of the few plants that I keep multiples of. I have the 'Hildos' and 3 albas. You can see one of my albas in my avatar. I think it looks like it is giving the peace sign with an extra finger.

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