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struggling Epidendrum fimbriatum

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    Default struggling Epidendrum fimbriatum

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    Any advice? I bought this Epidendrum fimbriatum several months ago. as you can see it is mounted in a hanging basket.
    This is my first experience with this grassy orchid... When it arrived all stems were green with multiple tiny white flowers.
    Now, As you can see, despite my best efforts it is scraggly and the stems are mostly brown with a few flowers here and there.
    Any advice you have from actual experience with this species would be greatly appreciated. I have researched many care sites and have spoken to the Orchid seller.
    Thanks in advance
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    Hi,

    epi. likes a lot of sun light. how do you grow yours?. inspect the plant closely to see any infestation. the leaves look ok to me. inspect the root and potting media. if the roots look ok then there should be ok.

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    Thanks for the information! I grow under lights and in windows. Plant tag that came with plant indicated that it needed shade to bright light...I have it hanging in front of a window....also, I'd like to repot it from the moss basket to regular medium...any suggestions there? I will move this orchid nearer to more light. Thanks again!
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    Those look like they might be keikis developing on a mature stem. If they are, they can be broken off and started on a life of their own. I think a fir bark mix would work well for it. Epis need lots of light. You are a little south of me but our conditions are similar. I would give it as much light as you can. If it's been in a lower light situation you have to introduce it slowly to more light or it will burn. I have seen reed stem Epidendrums grown with no shade in a greenhouse here in PA. Best of luck with it!

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    Thank you so much. I really didn't like the moss basket it was in. The roots look good and healthy. I guess I just expected that the reeds would stay green like they were when the arrived, each tipped with a few pretty white blossoms. I am sure that the advice about the light will do the trick.

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    in general epidendrum don't do well in moss, unless an extremely small pot maybe. they need to dry a bit between waterings, a small or medium bark mix is usually good. some will do well in potting soil, but all do well if mounted and watered often. i grow a lot of them in pots with bark mix, or in tree fern pots. i don't have this one, but it should like a similar potting mix.

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    I agree with coeruleo, epi's like a fast draining media and would prefer a bark mix and charcoal

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    Thank you for your advice. It is greatly appreciated!

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    I have a decent dendrobium mix, I believe I will use that one. Never can tell by the medium they are shipped in, or even the shippers recommendations. I get far better advice from the Orchid Talk a Forum members.
    Thank you, Starr

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    Did you repot it yet? I think that and additional light will help!

    cheers,
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