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Psychopsis dying!!!

This is a discussion on Psychopsis dying!!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey y'all! So I got this psychopsis a few months ago, and as you can ...

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    Default Psychopsis dying!!!

    Hey y'all!

    So I got this psychopsis a few months ago, and as you can see, it's going downhill. It has three leaves (one barely counts as its teeny tiny) and of the two main leaves one is completely yellowed and already a goner. The other was starting to yellow, but it *seems* to have stopped...we'll see. I had the plant in a western window that got direct sunlight, so I thought maybe it's sun damage. But then again, the yellowing starts at the pseudobulb and continues up the leaf. There were no "burns" either. It just began yellowing. It has almost no root system at all (thanks to the seller), so it could be dying from dehydration perhaps. I'm really not sure. We all know getting a Psychopsis to grow roots is like pulling teeth! I moved it away from the strong west window and now it's getting indirect bright light and that's really all I can do. It's planted in bark and I water every couple of days when it just approaches dryness. Any advice? I'd love to keep my psychopsis but I never seem to have luck with them...



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    They are difficult, Kelly. Likely it is a mixture of too much sun and not enough roots. These hate to be repotted too. We had one for years and years that bloomed and bloomed and then, all of the sudden, decided to die. I recommend keeping the humidity up and placing it in lower light like you would for a paph.

    Good luck!

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    The Texas sun may be too much—I agree with BD they do better in lower light. Mine is in a clay pot with a fine bark mix. I let it dry between watering. You might consider using a sea weed product to stimulate root growth. Mine is now a fairly large plant with 3 spikes and is pretty much blooming all the time and doesn’t seem to be too fussy.
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    I have never had much luck with this species here in south Florida, but I know some people whose thrive in this environment just not ever for me. Good luck and I would follow what Bruce and Chris mentioned to do.

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    The brown colour at the bottom of that bulb looks awfully ominous. Don't want to be a prophet of doom, but if it were mine, I'd start looking around for a replacement, apart rom any trick I might try to save this one. Once they have made up their minds to die, most everything is a waste of time.

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    I've been through two of them and, yes, they just decided to die. The second one put up a huge fight, kept growing new p-bulbs, but as soon as the roots hit the medium (different media over time), they would die and it would start another p-bulb. It did take it a couple of years and several tries before it gave up. I even gave it to my daughter, who has much nicer conditions for orchids than I do. No luck.

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    I too have experienced this. I had a very happy Psychopsis for many years and I even thought it was the easiest and most forgiving of all of my orchids. Then one day it wanted to die. I hadn't changed anything in its culture so I considered it a personal insult! I'm not getting another one unless my wife tells me to do so. She kind of likes them.

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