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mounted bulbo ambrosia

This is a discussion on mounted bulbo ambrosia within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; so i traded a plant of mine for this bulbo ambrosia. its my first bulbo ...

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    so i traded a plant of mine for this bulbo ambrosia. its my first bulbo and my first mounted plant. the guy that i swapped mounted the plant for me with a couple of dabs of hot glue. he with kept his plant in a terrarium, so he didnt put any sphag or anything on the roots.

    i have a couple of questions:
    1. is it ok for me to put some sphag around the roots? (i think bulbos like to dry out quickly, no?)
    2. one of the leaves look kind of weird; the best way that i can describe it is that it looks like hunters' 'camouflage'. there are blobs of darker pigment over the lighter colored leaves. is there something wrong with this? if so, what do i do to fix it?

    i wish that i had a digicam. heres what the coloration looks like, but imagine only 2 colors; also, imagine leaves and not floormats :


    if anyone has pics of the healthy leaves and roots of a bulbo ambrosia, i would really like to see them.
    thanks for the help!

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    first of all you I am jealous. I have been wanting a ambrosia for quite some time.

    Bulbos like to stay wet and warm (most of them at least) so a little sphag around the roots would eb a good thing if you dont have too humid of an environment.

    Without a picture I cant really address the spotted leaf problem. Because they like to be grown pretty moist sometimes they will have some spotting on the leaves that is nothing to worry about, on the other hand and for the same reasons it cna be something that needs to be addressed. Is there any way you can post a picture? I have seen some of that color on some plants before and it was an algae, it could be scraped off with a finger nail. It didnt seem to bug the plant so the owner left it.

    Grats on the new plant. hope you enjoy it!

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    [IMG]C:\Documents and Settings\cindy huang\My Documents\My Pictures\leaf.jpeg[/IMG]

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    so i drew a pic of what the leaf looks like. the light green is the color of the other leaves, and the dark green are the camo-esque spots. is the color of the pb ok? my rendering of the situation is about right. maybe ill try to take a regular picture of it and scan it into the computer.
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    oh, and the dark color is not algae. ive rubbled/scraped it, and it doesnt come off. plus, it just looks like its part of the leaf.

    ok, you all...no making fun of my drawing!

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    Is the dark green coarse or slightly bumpy?

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    thanks for your help, forrest!!! (cant stress that enough)

    the darker parts arent bumpy or textured in any way. it seems to be integrated into the leaf itself. its a 3-backbulb + 2 new lead division of the guys plant, and only this one leaf has the different coloration.

    any thoughts at all?

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    I would treat it as a fungal infection though it may be nothing. Without an actual picture I cant be sure. I have seen some stuff that sounds similar to what you are talking about that was no biggie, and similarly some stuff that was infected.

    better safe than sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest
    better safe than sorry.
    thats what i figure. up until yesterday, i only owned physan, neem oil, and pyrethrins. but i went out to hd and bought some daconil. the bulbos already been sprayed down. i used the rate of 2.5 tsp/gal.

    thanks again, forrest!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forrest
    first of all you I am jealous. I have been wanting a ambrosia for quite some time.
    if this guy takes off (and recovers from this camo-leaf-thing) and if its doesnt commit suicide on me, ill send you a division!

    thats a lot of 'ifs' to wait for -- by that time, you will probably have had time to get one by another means.

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