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Help with odontoglossum

This is a discussion on Help with odontoglossum within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thanks everyone for your advice! I will follow your suggestions and hold off on the ...

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    Thanks everyone for your advice! I will follow your suggestions and hold off on the fertilizer for now and resist the urge to drown my poor little plant. Louis, I hope you are right about seeing new spikes in 4-5 months! That would make me super happy.

    Lisa, I've used sphag before, but I really prefer bark instead. I guess I'm just more used to it. I'm glad to hear that you've had great success with sphag. I know Gilda is a big fan of it, and she has some great looking plants!

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    I had the same experience you did and checked the roots and they were fine. Shortly after that, I read in a book that it is not uncommon in this genus for a mature plant to send up their first spike and not be able to sustain it. So once the buds start to open it totally saps the strength of the plant and the bulb shrivels. It was exactly what happened to me.

    Most of the advice I received was to cut the spike off and hope to rejuvenate the plant. But that was too heartbreaking....hope yours turned out better.

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    Hi Cinderella and welcome!

    Actually, the spikes on this plant had been cut off long before I started having problems with it. BUT since the time I've read and followed Rick and Louis' advice, the plant has been doing better! The pbs haven't changed (for better or worse) but the 2 growths are slowly getting larger. So thanks PAGrower and Louis for your guidance!!

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    I'm so glad to hear that, Nancy. I killed an odontoglossum crispum awhile back, so if my experience helps you, maybe it didn't croak in vain.

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    Nancy,
    It sounds like you got the right advice....my thought was underwatering since you had good roots.

    I was like Lisa and underwatered the first year I grew orchids(I still have some with the evidence of pleated leaves) .

    You are right ...you need to grow in the medium you feel comfortable with...and it's like I try to tell people interested in growing orchids "What works for me in my conditons may not work for you". When I give friends orchids or sell some I always say it "should" need watering by.... but I tell them to actually lift the pot and see if it feels light.

    The book you referred to, probably was going by greenhouse conditions, and that leads a lot of new growers down the wrong path, cause most of us do not have greenhouses!

    I am glad your orchid is improving!!!

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    Thanks Gilda! If the plant recovers completely and starts to spike, I'll be sure to make an announcement. I'm being much more deligent about watering now, especially with the warmer temperature these days. What I love about this forum is the advice I get from everyone. I would never have thought to move it out of the light and withhold fertilizer. (If anything, I would have fed it MORE just to give it more nutrition.) It really helps me to listen to other's advice and experiences and just learn from you all. You guys helped me save a plant, and now I won't have to post a picture in the compost pile forum!

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