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    Unhappy Orchid encourage root and new growths, how? I tried almost everything without success

    Here in México is the beginning of the spring and the most of my orchids are developping new roots and growths, but I have some others that are still in rest, I well know that some species take more time for entering to the growing season, but my prostechea brassavolae and guarianthe skinneri are resting; the guarianthe has got some new growths, more less 3, but I would like to stimulate more of them, the prostechea does not seem to grow any root or growth since I bought it, I might want to wake it up, and finally other orchids actually don't produce roots although they have got growths and they must be taking out roots for its growing. I've tried with superthrive applying it once a month with the root lost dosage but carefully for preventing plat mutations, and yes I got great results in some of my orchids but in others that I mentioned they are with no roots, other orchids growers told me that maybe it was the humidity and I put spagnum moss over the orchids that probably needed more moisture, in the greenhouse floor I filled bottles with water and others with stones for increasing ambiental humidity.
    So what else can I do for encourage root and growths in my orchids, or what am I doing wrong?

    I'm new in this forum and I am so glad to be in a community that shares my biggest passion in the world that is the fascinating orchid world.

    Thanks a lot for your help

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    I would suggest you check the humidity. You could try Sphag and bag method or move it to a terrarium with a fan (small aquarium could do). Some of them could take time and as long as it does not rot or become shriveled, I would keep up my hope.

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    Hi,

    It is a wonderful place to be if you love orchids and nice people.
    I don't grow the species you mentioned nor have a greenhouse so maybe someone more knowledgeable will answer your specific questions
    Regarding root and new growths encourager, in my local orchid society is very popular Dyna-Gro K-l-n Rooting Concentrate. You can read some reviews at Amazon (I tried to give the direct link but it looks like it is prohibited). Anyway, either google for Dyna-Gro K-L-n Rooting Concentrate or go to Amazon, Patio, Lawn & Garden and look for Dyna-Gro K-l-n Rooting Concentrate Kln-008 0.009-0.011-0.006, 8-Ounce. It'll give you bunch of useful reviews from people growing orchids.

    I hope it helps!

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    Welcome from Malaysia. Since most of your orchids are doing fine you must have been doing things right. There will always be some orchids that don't follow the 'rules' of the 'herd'. In my 50 years of growing orchids I've had scores of these and I've stopped worrying about them - I just label these the 'Recalcitrants'.

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    Good point Natalie. Between Superthrive and Dyna grow K-L-N which is advisable?. I don't have access to both nor used it before. I use seaweed extract with reasonable success. Since Jorge already uses Superthrive would moving to KLN be better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Good point Natalie. Between Superthrive and Dyna grow K-L-N which is advisable?. I don't have access to both nor used it before. I use seaweed extract with reasonable success. Since Jorge already uses Superthrive would moving to KLN be better?
    I guess there is no right advice which fits 100% because everything is individual in every case - plants, growing conditions, media etc. So I speak only about my personal experience. I tried them both but I was not thrilled by Superthrive. I'd say the K-L-N worked better for me, especially for some stubborn Bulbophyllums.
    I've learned from one of our master growers that K-L-N can be replaced by simple Grandma's Molasses if you don't have K-L-N available. I tried it, too, and it worked just fine for newly imported bare root plants. Every year I attend 1-2 International orchid Festivals in Southern Florida and buy some plants from foreign vendors. They usually arrive quite dry and need some encourager. The recipe is: dilute 2 table spoons of Grandma's Molasses in one Gallon of rainwater (it is very important to use rainwater for this recipe). Let plants soak in the solution 30 min - 1 hour. Use bare root plants, or if you want to encourage potted plants, better remove the media. It will work for potted plants, too, but worse than for bare root. Of course you should keep in mind that some Orchids don't like water on their foliage, crown, etc., so you have to be careful and after treatment, remove water excess which can cause rot.

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    Thanks Natalie. These are great tips that no one would find in any book. We don't have access to neither KLN nor super thrive. we get seaweed extract and thats our only saviour. I will watch out for KLN when i am traveling. I am a big fan of using rain water and orchids love them.

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    Thank you, for that polite answers

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    I don't know how helpful this is but I have honestly never bought fertilizer or hormones and yet my plants do well. Only tricks I have noticed in my environment is low moss (due to the heavy moisture already in the air) and re-soiling at least twice a year (for nourishment). I use tap water that I allow to sit over night and I leave my windows open during the day while I am at work to allow humidity and air circulation and have a fan/heater specifically for my orchids. It is both cheap and effective. You aren't much different in climate, I don't think, yet I have never been to Mexico so maybe this is wrong assuming.

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    P.S. the resting will catch up. I still have a few I anxiously await.

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    Mexico is a big country with different environments. Are you in one of the arid regions or more tropical? To increase ambient humidity in a greenhouse, watering down the floor can be helpful.

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