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leaves getting crinkled

This is a discussion on leaves getting crinkled within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by roscoepmiller can't figure out how to post a pic on here. ... ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoepmiller View Post
    can't figure out how to post a pic on here. ...
    How to resize photos online without software.


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    Unhappy Pic of crinkled leaves

    Here is the pic I cut off the stems and sealed with wax. The orchis next to it is getting the same
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    I think you have a Dendrobium that's in trouble.

    It looks like your potting mix is a mixture of fine bark and ProMix or some similar peat based planting medium. Personally I don't like this mix at all. Professional growers use it because it's cheap and holds a lot of water, thus cutting down on their watering frequency and cost.

    It's very hard to water correctly. If you water too often the roots rot because it's a very dense mix. If you don't water enough, the mix dries out and is very hard to rewet.

    I think the roots are rotted from overwatering. You may want to repot it into a regular bark based mix. Water once a week, only, to encourage new root growth. Water from the top and thoroughly water. Let a lot of water run out of the pot. Leave it alone for a week. You should see new roots start in a few weeks.

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    I would agree. The medium is too dense for Dendrobiums. They like to dry out between waterings and this medium won't allow that.


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