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This is a discussion on Help me with my orchids within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi Darlene, I agree with Jason & Brandon--A) some type of Cattleya; B) an Encyclia; ...

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    Hi Darlene,

    I agree with Jason & Brandon--A) some type of Cattleya; B) an Encyclia; C) Oncidium.

    In general, moss is not a good medium for Catts, although it's less of a problem in a clay pot, because it stays wet too long for most growers unless they are very careful and knowledgeable about watering. It's not so bad for plants that like moisture all the time. I totally agree with Brandon's comments.

    The Encyclia looks happy and I'd leave it for now, unless it's been in that pot & media for a long time.

    The Oncidium is very sad. I think I'd take it out of its pot and media to look at the roots. I suspect you'll find a lot of dead roots. Cut any of them off, along with any definitely dead pseudobulbs. (By definitely dead, I mean brown and either shriveled & dry or mushy & rotted.) Repot, possibly in a smaller pot if you've removed a lot of material. Ideally you want a pot that's just big enough to contain the roots. This is actually a reasonably good candidate for growing in moss because even moisture is desirable.

    Good luck,

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    Default Thunia

    I assume the leaves of the thunia turning brown is not much of a problem. As a matter of fact, the leaves should turn brown and ultimately fall off at this time of the year. I have been waiting for about 6 weeks for the same to happen to my (first) thunia but it still keeps going strong.

    I read somewhere that they should be grown in a shady spot and watered heavily until the leaves fall off. They should then be kept dry until the new shoots appear in the spring. At this time they should be watered and fertilized heavily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy View Post
    I assume the leaves of the thunia turning brown is not much of a problem. As a matter of fact, the leaves should turn brown and ultimately fall off at this time of the year. I have been waiting for about 6 weeks for the same to happen to my (first) thunia but it still keeps going strong.

    I read somewhere that they should be grown in a shady spot and watered heavily until the leaves fall off. They should then be kept dry until the new shoots appear in the spring. At this time they should be watered and fertilized heavily.
    What is your planted in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchidzrule View Post
    Hi Darlene,

    The Oncidium is very sad. I think I'd take it out of its pot and media to look at the roots. I suspect you'll find a lot of dead roots. Cut any of them off, along with any definitely dead pseudobulbs. (By definitely dead, I mean brown and either shriveled & dry or mushy & rotted.) Repot, possibly in a smaller pot if you've removed a lot of material. Ideally you want a pot that's just big enough to contain the roots. This is actually a reasonably good candidate for growing in moss because even moisture is desirable.

    Good luck,

    Rob
    Should you put anything on the cuts?

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    Probably not. I used to use (and suggested it to others) cinnamon, but there was a thread on here, along with photos, that showed how it acted as a desiccant on the roots. Since then, I've been reluctant to use it. Others might be feel differently. Anyone?

    Cheers,
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    Hi Darlene,
    I am afraid I don't know too well how to describe this is in English. It's a mix of fine bark, little foam rubber granules (?) (that's what my google translator says) and has some other larger pieces of foam in it. We get this out here in bags of 50 liter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rudy View Post
    Hi Darlene,
    I am afraid I don't know too well how to describe this is in English. It's a mix of fine bark, little foam rubber granules (?) (that's what my google translator says) and has some other larger pieces of foam in it. We get this out here in bags of 50 liter.
    Thank you. I understand just fine.

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    Looks like they are a little overwatered. Maybe a repotting session and less water will pull them back to great health!

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