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Mushy roots?

This is a discussion on Mushy roots? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I've found some mushy roots on 3 of my catts. The new growths seem to ...

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    I've found some mushy roots on 3 of my catts. The new growths seem to be fine and one has new roots growing just above the mushy ones. What can be the cause of such black and mushy roots and how can I fix it?

    I know it's about the billionth question I have asked; I just keep on finding new issues with my babies.

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    ok I just typed 'check the roots' in the other thread about wrinkly leaves

    mushy roots inicates over watering. Either water less, or get a coarser medium. A repotting usually stimulates new growth of roots. You still have a good number of healthy roots right?

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    Since I got the 10 new catts I've been misting a bit more and I think that's the cause of most of the problems.
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    Most likely the rot is from over watering. Your mix looks too fine for Catts, IMHO.

    Depending on the Catt...some won't develope new roots until new growth is initiated, others won't until quite some time after a new growth matures and flowers. I try to not repot until I see new roots starting to grow. I use a well draining medium and allow it to dry between waterings.

    I don't have one consistent medium I use for Catts. Some I have mounted on cork, like C. walkeriana. One I have in a basket of LECA (S/H medium). Some are in S/H, many in medium bark mix. I have one that I am trying mounted on Epiweb. I have one in course diatomite.

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    Everything Ron said plus try clay pots instead of plastic. The clay is porus and will allow your medium to dry out faster.

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    ...and add in some packing peanuts to create air space at the bottom of the mix. Those roots need air to dry out and keep from rotting.

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    I'm in Florida, and with our high humidity i've found potting charcoal to be a wonderful medium. You can use it alone or in equal parts with med size bark, depending on how dry your catt likes to be. Charcoal is messy and I use all those left-over gloves from coloring my hair to keep the black dust out from under my nails.
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    I've ordered some medium fir bark since I was out when I repotted the ones that are in peril now (not too smart I guess). How to you keep the younger plants upright in this kind of very loose medium?

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    I've been using those wooden skewers you can get at the grocery store for shiskabobing. I stick one upright, and lay a short one across the pot to fasten the pbulbs to. Twist ties work as do plastic zip ties if you don't pull them too tight. Thread or string might work for a fastener to hold the plant upright until the roots can grab the bark.

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    You can also buy rhizome clips to secure the plant in the mix, they're pretty cheap and come in various sizes. Alternatively you could make your own if your the DIY type out of some galvanized wire and alligator clips...

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