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315NN61 Bakerara Truth "Silver Chalice"

This is a discussion on 315NN61 Bakerara Truth "Silver Chalice" within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Some weeks ago I bought this orchid with a spike in bloom. Couldn't resist it. ...

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    Some weeks ago I bought this orchid with a spike in bloom. Couldn't resist it. It has a lovely fragrance. The blooms have faded suddenly and some of the outer leaves look a bit yellowed. The pseudobulbs have also shrivelled a bit.I am not sure what to do with it. The potting medium seems to be a mix. Large pieces of bark on top and a fine mix,almost loamy,underneath. (I'm fairly sure this is not just the bark breaking down as there seems to be almost a sandy component)I hate to unpot the whole thing to see if the roots are alright and I'm not sure if the blooming stressed the plant. Can anyone advise what type of potting material this plant should be in? Should I continue to water it or give it a rest?

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    I've never grown these, but I don't know of any orchids that like a really heavy mix except certain cymbidiums. It would be worth it to unpot and check the roots.

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    Hi nagal1,

    I see nobody has responded to your post yet, so I'll take a stab at it. I will preface my remarks by saying I've only been growing orchids for 4 years so I'm nowhere near a long-time grower. Thus, don't take my words as an ultimate authority! (I do grow Oncidiums, though.) I hope some more experienced growers will chip in.

    Most people I know grow Oncidium Alliance in either A) fine bark (perhaps with perlite & charcoal mixed with it); or B) sphagnum. The latter is good for people who tend to be underwaterers (as I seem to be), the former is probably better for most people. It's hard for me to tell you (or anyone) which is better--in addition to your watering technique, there are light, humidity & temperature conditions to consider. My house is lower than ideal for humidity and, at least at times, on the warmish side. Thus, moss works for me, but I know a great deal of people who have had trouble with it.

    Your description of your media doesn't sound like it's something that would be easy to grow plants in. Your description of the pseudobulbs that have "shriveled" is a bit worrisome.

    The outer leaves leaves having yellowed may not be so much to worry about--a certain amount of that is natural. In conjunction with the the p-bulb shriveling, however, it might be.

    If it were my plant, I'd probably repot it in a medium I was comfortable with. After blooming is a good time for repotting.

    I don't believe Oncidiums require any real rest period, although perhaps some might dispute this, but do make sure your roots haven't rotted because the media got soggy and they couldn't get enough oxygen.

    Knocking a plant out of a pot to check the roots isn't as stressful (on the plant--on the grower, it might be another story!) as it might seem. And, if there are problems with the roots, leaving them will ultimately be much more stressful.

    Rob

    Oops, I see Diane answered in the time it took me to type my much longer-winded answer. I'm glad she agreed with my repotting addition! LOL
    Last edited by Orchidzrule; January 16th, 2007 at 11:37 PM. Reason: A change in status--see my P.S.

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    I'd go ahead and repot now. If the plant is potted in something close to dirt (and some come that way from the box stores or grocery stores), the roots will rot while you're enjoying the blooms. Don't risk the plant. Repot it now.

    McJulie

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    Yes, repot now. No reason to risk the health of the plant. Best of luck.

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    I put mine in a basket with coco fiber/ loose Spag. is ok too, they hate wet feet , be careful after blooming regarding keeping it too wet .
    I have one, did have two , rotted one of them off, it was in a pot with mix , they will also grow well mounted . Hope this helps a little . Gin

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    Thanks! The orchid is not in soil. It is in an orchid mix of some sort.(I think).I bought the orchid from a nursery who sell most of their orchids online,although I got mine directly from the nursery in person. It is just a very fine mix with a few pieces of large bark and styrofoam pieces. There is charcoal and perlite there too. The plant is in the right size pot but it just looks a bit under the weather. Would it be suitable to repot with a bark mix ?What would the optimum temperature ranges be for this plant?

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    Hi, I told you wrong was thinking Barkeria , not the plant you have . Gin

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    Okay, let's recap... Your plant's not happy, which means something needs to be changed.

    What you describe sounds like a problem with water uptake. That suggests the plant isn't in the best media. I would first and foremost unpot it and examine the roots. They will give you the info you need to correct the care of this plant.

    You know how you been watering. If you believe you're doing the right thing, then dry crispy roots say you potting mix and pot are too open. If they're rotted to any degree, then things are too closed and you need to get more air in there.

    It's time to unpot this fellow and see what the roots say... Let us know what you find - we're here to help!

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