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Renanthera Help please

This is a discussion on Renanthera Help please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just bought a renanthera and it came in a small 4 x4 plastic basket ...

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    Post Renanthera Help please

    I just bought a renanthera and it came in a small 4 x4 plastic basket no medium just twistie to hold it. some of roots are brown others green. seeing some black on base of plant, what shall I do?....thanks i love orchids but still have not mastered how to take care of them.

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    Some info on your growing conditions would help. Here in Malaysia and S E Asia, home to most Renanthera, we would just leave it in the basket and let the roots hang loose. For bigger plants, we might sometimes grow them in terracotta pots with charcoal chunks as the only gowing medium.

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    Agree with Yew Sung. Not sure which country you live in. watch out for humidity levels. if humidity levels drop, you may want to spar water on the roots 3-4 times during the day. if they are in basket, they tend to dry out soon.

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    I live in dry So. California and received some great advice from Kenneth Cruz on how to maintain humidity. I can't tell what country or what your conditions are but there is loads of information available on these posts. Just type in your plant name and search. I'm using his moss-in-a-sock technique and it works! Thank you so much Kenneth.

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    okay i will take a picture and attach, live in birmingham, al and have it in my sunroom at the moment. pretty warm and muggy here thru november then cool in range 45-60. thanks,

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    They like it very high light, warm and humid and are heavy feeders during the growth periods. Being you are cooler in winter it will need less fertilizer then. If keeping bare root, you may wish to submerge the roots into a bucket of water on a daily basis.

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    I use to live in Pinson. One thing I noticed while there was the tendency for my plants to dry out. There is a high evaporation level. I would add a little medium as a back up and keep ur eye out on the roots to determine a water regimen.

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    The whitish roots do indicate dehydration.

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    Agree with kim. nothing to worry. since it is mounted you need to spray water at least twice a day or dunk it in for about 30 minutes in a bucket of water every day and could weakly weekly fertilize once a week and sure it would gift you with flowers once it grows sizable.

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