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    Question Unpotted orchid (again) need advice.

    The catt I have posted about before about repotting has now been in it's new home for a little while, and it still dries very fast. I used the same medium that I originally potted it in when I got it. A bark/charcoal/coarse perlite, and have not had this problem with it before. I do have a pot with much better drainage, but this is crazy! I'm having to water it as much as I do my house plants, once every other day, sometime once a day.... and the thing is still drying out!! I make sure ALL the medium is dry before I water it again, and it's on a humidity tray, which oddly enough, I also have to fill more than once a day..
    Maybe my house is just extra dry and they are gonna need alot more water.. Could that actually happen? Even my new orchids that are still in sphag for the moment dry out in 2-3 days..mostly 2 days...The humidity tray helps a bit, but it only goes so far.. Any suggestions?
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    Everyone's conditions are different, so yes, depending on the medium and the conditions, you may have to water quite frequently. My plants seem to do better in higher moisture medium as well. If you don't want to have to water frequently, then a mix with sphagnum may be in order for you. Cattleyas do like to dry out a bit between waterings by the way.

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    Your cattleyas will appreciate that dry period. When you do water, just be sure to run water through the pot until the roots turn bright green. This way they absorb the most that they can -- then let them dry completely. JMHO

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    Yeah, but mine is shriveling! It's still putting out new growth, in several areas, actually, and new roots, but it just continues to shrivel..

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    I water it by putting the whole pot in another container of water and leaving it there for about 10-15 mins

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alana View Post
    Yeah, but mine is shriveling! It's still putting out new growth, in several areas, actually, and new roots, but it just continues to shrivel..
    Then this is a humidity issue. The best bet would be to increase the humidity around the plant. Perhaps a bit of sphag as suggested, chopped up and added to your bark mix. Also, perhaps a bit of sphag draped across the top of the bark mix as well.

    Soaking the plant for that long should be just fine too.

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    With the mix you're using, it can take a while before the bark breaks in and is able to hold any water. The perlite and the charcoal don't hold any water. If you're getting new roots and new growth, I wouldn't worry. Just keep doing what you're doing.

    One thing you could do in the future is soak the bark just before using it and pot the plant while the mix is wet.

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    Maybe you need to change your potting mix? I use a coconut husk mixed with perlite, granite and charcoal. It retains more moisture and is pretty light an airy at the same time. So far I have yet to find a plant that does not love it.

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    Ok, so I went to mix in some sphag with the potting mix, and I noticed a whole area of the roots where dry, I mean, not alive dry.... so I soaked the plant, and removed the dead roots, which were basically twigs at this point.... and these are the pics, the first being the dry roots I removed after soaking the plant, and the second and third are the plant with it's remaining roots. It doesn't look like enough roots to support the plant, but I don't really know alot about it. The root mass used to be quite large. I had to remove over half the roots because they were just dead. Also, the side that's showing is the side of the plant with little to no new growth, besides what you see on the outer edges. I sprayed down the remaining roots, and especially the areas i had to cut into with a bact./fungicide. What should I do??
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    Please help me *begs* she is unpotted and just kind of hanging around at this point.

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