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what happened to that leaf?

This is a discussion on what happened to that leaf? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ok, I have a Blc. King George 'Serendipity', NBS (i assume), in a 2.5 inch ...

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    Default what happened to that leaf?

    Ok, I have a Blc. King George 'Serendipity', NBS (i assume), in a 2.5 inch pot. At the base of the plant (the "roof" of the medium), there are two tiny 1" leaves sticking out. (When I first got the plant, I had to cut some of the roots because they were all brown and looked kinda rotted.) Well, one of those little leaves is now starting to wilt, get wrinkly, yellow, and curl inwards. I just recently planted it in a better suited orchid medium and watered it. If anyone can help, thanks

    Also, is it possible to force root growth? They seem to be a little stubby...

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    cattlover, it sounds like your plant is drying up, either because of too much water that rotted the roots, or not enough of it. Don't overwater to try to compensate. I don't know what your conditions are, but to get the plant back to its feet, you'll need to supply some humidity. Easiest way to do that is to put your plant in a plastic bag, tie it, and leave it in bright shade for a while without watering so you don't rot more roots. No bright light or you'll boil it! Alternatively, you might try using a rooting hormone (see the Superthrive thread for details). Catts really need their roots to dry off (to dryness, not dampness) between waterings. If you go with the bag procedure, leave the plant in there for 2-3 weeks.

    Do you have a digital camera? If you take a pic of the plant and post it, that usually helps diagnose things better and faster.

    Welcome to the forums!

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    Thanks Lewis! 2x! I did the bag thing and blew it up so the leaves wouldn't touch the sides. I shoulda put on the hormone...oh well.

    Is rootone ok?

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