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Dtps. luchia lip orchid HELP!

This is a discussion on Dtps. luchia lip orchid HELP! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, this is my last resort in saving my Dtps. luchia lip orchid. When ...

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    Hi everyone, this is my last resort in saving my Dtps. luchia lip orchid. When i bought it there were about 14 blooms and about 5 buds, after about 3 months the flowers died off and i left the spike as is. About 3 inches from the top another spike formed from one of the nodes of the first spike, the flowers on this spike lasted about 2-3weeks if that. There was a bud still left at the tip of this spike that didn't bloom, but now that i went back to it, is seems like it is rotting and the spike seems to have rotted back about 1-2inches. What should i do?? Should i cut the spike completely off, about 1-2inches from the base of the leaves? And also, one leaf is yellowing, i think i gave it too much sunlight so now it is a little better, that i moved it to a west facing window. HELP.

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    Yes cut the spike , is the leaf that is yellowing the bottom leaf ? if so it is normal for them to do that , and start a new leaf from the crown . It is trying to rest and direct energy to new growth . Gin

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    So then how much of the spike should i leave? about 1-2inches i was told from the bottom of the plant?
    Right now there are only two leaves the one leaf is yellowing in the centre and the other one is still green and vibrant.
    Are you sure that the spike will bloom again? because the nodes on the older spike seem to be all dried up.
    thanks for your help though

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    No it will not bloom from that spike I would remove it as you said an inch or 2 from the plant , I would suspect a root problem , you might ease it out of the pot and take a look , if they are dark and squishy then that is the problem , if so any that are rotted should be removed and the plant put in fresh mix then placed in a shaded area with good humidity .

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    Well i did that and it seems like they are not as squishy but getting there. I removed the ones that were really bad, but there were about 3-4 new roots starting to develop. I removed all the moss and bark and placed it in another pot with new moss and orchid bark. i placed it in the upstairs guest bedroom and put a humidifier inorder to boost the humidity level.
    HOpefully it will spring back to life in a few months.

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    Let us know how it does .. good luck with it Gin

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