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ludisia discolor

This is a discussion on ludisia discolor within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Does anyone know a way to get the "tubers" put off by this species to ...

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    Does anyone know a way to get the "tubers" put off by this species to grow foliage? My two specimens dried up and died, but when I went to toss out the compost from the pot, I found a tangle of root nubs that look very much alive. This plant died four months ago or more and these things put off no new shoots.. suggestions strongly appreciated

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    I would also like tp know the answer as mine did a very similar thing last year.

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    I'd like to know how to get mine to grow, period. It seems healthy and put on a couple new leaves over the summer. but now, nothing...

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    I've never grown these guys, but here's what I've read:

    "...Ludisias tends to thrive in less light, rather than more..."

    "Ludisias need higher humidity and warmer temps than most other orchids - they make superb terrarium plants. An Aquarium with a glass top is ideal. To provide balance between high humidity and air circulation, leave the top partially open; a 2" gap is about right. Use a well-drained, humus-rich medium, such as a commercial terrestrial orchid mix or a homemade mixture of equal parts peat moss, perlite, and potting soil. The plants may be grown in pots within the terrarium or planted directly in its bottom. If you grow the plants in pots, surround them with moist peat or sphagnum to maintain the humidity. Ludisia grows best in temps between 75-85 F. If the plants refuse to grow, raise the temp by adding bottom heat, which will also increase the level of humidity."

    -Orhtho's All About Orchids p. 71

    Hope it helps!

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    Cut the tuners with roots (like you would when dividing), put them in a moss/ bark mix and let them grow. It may take a while , but something should happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane
    I'd like to know how to get mine to grow, period. It seems healthy and put on a couple new leaves over the summer. but now, nothing...
    I had mine for 2 years before it bloomed. I had to divide it, repot it, then it gave me a little action.

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    My growroom is probably to cool in the winter , i,ll give the new 1 to my mum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncasteeb
    My growroom is probably to cool in the winter , i,ll give the new 1 to my mum.
    I had mine in my coldest room, it put out 3 spikes. I think it needs a cold snap to flower, at least that is what helped in my case.

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    Mine was grown from a cutting dipped in root hormone and put in Spag. moss . If the leaves start to look orange , it is getting too much light . Gin

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