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Dracula pusila question

This is a discussion on Dracula pusila question within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Last fall, I received a very small division of this plant. When I received it, ...

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    Last fall, I received a very small division of this plant. When I received it, it had 3 decent leaves about 5 inches long and ZIPPO roots. There was a crown with leaves and that was it. Potted it up in sphag and remarkably it started to grow some more leaves as the old ones turned yellow and eventually fell. It still does have one of the original leaves, but I don't think for long.

    Today, it has about 7 leaves, but here's the question or concern. It seems like they reach about an inch or so and stop growing. They don't die, they just stop getting larger or longer. At the same time, the plant just keeps putting out more new ones.

    So am I just being impatient? Should I assume that once the plant has a decent root system again, leaves will start getting larger? Other thoughts?

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    I just recently got a D. pusilla in trade – maybe from the same guy – also no real roots, and just a few leaves. I've only had it maybe 2 weeks, and it seems to be doing well, has new growth, etc. I'll have to keep an eye on now though.

    I do have a Platystele misera that's doing something similar though. Most of the new growth is short, like 1" tall. The old growth is still sticking around though, and it's been putting out some spikes, but they keep aborting.

    So basically, I have no helpful information, but hope that somebody else does, since I'm having similar issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue
    I just recently got a D. pusilla in trade – maybe from the same guy
    Nope, this was a female type person.

    This is the main reason I always ask people to send their plants bareroot. The theory being that if they unpot them and find no roots or bad roots they will tell me in advance. Both times someone has send plants still in their pots, this is what I've found. I guess I should be good that neither plant croaked.

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    Humidity, Humidity, Temp and water quality. That's all I have to say about Dracs. Seriously. Low humidity will cause aborted spikes as well as poor water quality (too many salts) that cause leaf drop and stunt in growth. Also, your lack of roots might cause the plant to put effort into root growth and not into leaf growth. If it continues then it is not the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWA
    Humidity, Humidity, Temp and water quality. That's all I have to say about Dracs. Seriously. Low humidity will cause aborted spikes as well as poor water quality (too many salts) that cause leaf drop and stunt in growth. Also, your lack of roots might cause the plant to put effort into root growth and not into leaf growth. If it continues then it is not the latter.

    Well, I'm really hoping it's the root thing. I think my humidity is good, only use rainwater, not sure about the temp thing. I guess I haven't checked to see what this one wants. If anything, I keep things fairly cool right now. My Masdies are doing great if that's any indicator. Drac is pretty much getting the same treatment as they are.

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    Not knowing what Masd. species you grow, typically masd can do with less humidity, warmer temps, more light and can be fertilized way more than Dracs.

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    Thanks Mike. I'll watch all the above.

    I'm still assuming that since this pup went from rootless stump to what it is today, I'm at least doing something right so far. I think this becomes one of those waiting games.

    K

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