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Promenaea survival?

This is a discussion on Promenaea survival? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Figured I'd repost this here to see what you peeps think. Well..I got my Promenaea ...

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    Figured I'd repost this here to see what you peeps think.


    Well..I got my Promenaea xanthina today....kind of a mixed bag to temper my excitement. The good news...large plant with a ton of roots and new growths. The bad news...came potted in a net pot PACKED in sphagnum moss...totally compacted, so in the process of removing the moss, I ended up breaking a lot of roots and one of the many developing shoots. I feel a bit meloncholy, hopefully the new shoots make enough root to replace the broken/cut ones.

    Anyway..here is the final mount I made.




    Any idea if it can survive such root damage? I kinda wish I had a time machine so I could go back and just leave it in the pot it came in, but I also know that dense moss would have probably lead to rot in my conditions..the humidity is fairly high in my cool chamber and even the water loving plants seem happiest either mounted or with a very open mix. It does have some developing roots that appear unharmed.....think that will be enough?

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    Orchids are super resilient plants. With the high humidity that you provide, I wouldn't imagine you having a problem getting the plant through a tough time. I'd just be careful of potential infections. Guard against that, and you are more than likely golden.
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    Ah...ok then...I heard that they resent disturbance, but my gut kept telling me that a dense wad of moss would be bad juju for this species..at least in my setup. I've got good light, great airflow, and humidity of about 72%....so hopefully the plant stays healthy for me. I also watered it with a superthrive solution shortly after I mounted it, to encourage more root growth hopefully.

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    As far as a plant 'resenting disturbance' goes, I would say that applies to most orchids. As long as you disturb them just before new growth starts and can avoid dehydration and infection, there should be no problem...patience is key.
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    I have a Promenaea lentiginosa and I've found it to be a fairly easy orchid to grow. You are correct that it resents being disturbed. Repot at the wrong time and it may skip a bloom cycle. For me and the conditions I grow in, it tends to be a water hog. I water just before it dries out completely. It has lots of very thin roots, I doubt losing a few will hurt the overall health of the plant. Mine does fine in lower light conditions; mine is in a north facing bay window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladylaelia View Post
    I have a Promenaea lentiginosa and I've found it to be a fairly easy orchid to grow. You are correct that it resents being disturbed. Repot at the wrong time and it may skip a bloom cycle. For me and the conditions I grow in, it tends to be a water hog. I water just before it dries out completely. It has lots of very thin roots, I doubt losing a few will hurt the overall health of the plant. Mine does fine in lower light conditions; mine is in a north facing bay window.
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    Thanks for the info...it sounds like these are rather vigorous in the right conditions, whick is rather relieving.

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    Hope it all turns out okay for this orchid. Looks like a healthy plant.

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Hope it all turns out okay for this orchid. Looks like a healthy plant.

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    Oh yeah...the plant was perfectly healthy.....you know, until I got a hold of it.

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