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Help with Neofinetia falcata Shutenno

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    Hello, I wondering if anyone could help on what to do for a Neo? I had this guy for several months it has not done anything growth wise, I have had it in the south facing window with all my other orchids. I was told and read these were easy orchids to have. I have also read different information to not letting the median (spaghausm moss) dry out completely,or to let it dry out. So I decided to let it dry out inbetween, two days ago I noticed the bottom left was yellow and I checked the median it was dry so I watered it, today four more leaves are yellow. I decided maybe I should remove the median the moss was black and had a sticky textured when touch it was the same median when I bought the plant which was several months back. When I removed the moss I was surprised all the roots are dead. Is there a way I could save this guy? It still has four to five green leaves. I replanted it in fresh moss but not as compact as it was before I was thinking maybe more air needed to get to the roots. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks forgive my spelling

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    Better take a photo and post here so we can take a look. Since it is potted in sphag, go ahead and unpot and let us see the roots too. I grow my neos in bark and water once a week.

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    Default heres photos of the neo

    So just bark, any other mix? Is there a type of bark I need?
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    The roots are a bit damaged, but it should be alright. If you feel any squish roots, go ahead and remove them as they have rotted.

    For the bark, you can use a small and medium redwood bark, some charcoal, and even a bit of the sphag (chopped up). Mix in a little perlight (sponge rock) to provide plenty of space in the mix for air to get to the roots. Do not over pot this guy. Keep it well watered, but it should not remain wet. The bottom yellowing leaves will fall off. Let the fall on their own. I think this orchid will be just fine. You caught the issue before it was too far gone IMHO.

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    Thanks BD, I appreciate you taking the time to respond, should I use a clay or plastic pot? Should I apply any root hormone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptunestar View Post
    Thanks BD, I appreciate you taking the time to respond, should I use a clay or plastic pot? Should I apply any root hormone?
    It is really up to you. Clay will pull a little moisture away from your orchid because it is porous. Plastic drys out pretty fast since it cannot absorb moisture. Really, the choice depends on how often you water. (Your schedule.)

    As for root hormone: it would not hurt to add a tiny bit, but it is not necessary. I think your orchid will be fine with normal feeding, good quality light, and proper humidity.

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    thanks again BD, wish me lucky

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