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Asstd Newb Questions-Odm, Lc & Phal

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    Question Asstd Newb Questions-Odm, Lc & Phal

    When I joined this forum, I had 5 simple phals that seemed reasonably happy here. At last count, I think there are 26 orchids here now. I don't know, I got 2 boxes in the mail today and have seriously lost count. Any way on to the questions:

    1. This is Odm. Serendipity(Odm. cirrhosum x praestens). She had a horrendously hot and dry journey here and proceded to shed her blossoms and shrivel a tad. Now the leaves have these brownish ends with darker brown dots in sort of a stipled stripe. Is this normal Odontoglossom leaf behavior or something more sinister--like viral?


    2. With a couple of my new Catts, the rhizome seems to be climbing out of the pot. When I repot tomorrow, should I try to settle them into the medium or leave them alone?
    Lc. Mini Purple 'Tamami' AM/AOS--


    Lc Mini Song 'La Primera Morada'--

    3. I found a huge NoID Phal on the clearance rack because its spike had cracked off high. I was hoping it might throw some more blooms out. It was packed tight with sphagnum, so I painstakingly removed two and a half pot's worth of soggy sphag. The roots were huge, plump and healthy. I put it in a bark/charcoal/perlite mix and added back in about 20% sphagnum because I didn't want to traumatize it. A week later---it is traumatized. Most of the roots are dead or dying. No new roots are emerging. What can I do to ease its transition to bark?

    As always, thanks for your help.

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    1. Congratulations, your addiction seem to be progressing at a slow rate. hehehh

    2. Regarding the oncidium: Remove that leaf and keep an eye on the plant. Should be ok if it is just heat damage. It will take some time to recover though.

    3. The rhizome on the cattleya will need to be planted below the bark level, though it will not hurt to let it be above the bark. Cattleyas can grow in bark or mounted, so either way it is fine. My preference is when potted that the 'root' system is below the bark line in the pot. Again, JMHO

    4. The phal seems to be in shock. Phals do not want to stay wet, but do need moisture all the time since they do not have p-bulbs to store water. Most likely you are letting it dry out too much. (That or you may have damaged the roots when repotting.) Either way, it should be fine with time. Orchids for the most part are pretty tough.

    cheers,
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    I like to bury the roots on climbing Catts . what happens here they grow to the bench or the wall or the neighbors pots . Just did one yesterday had to pry it loose . Be sure to soak the outside roots well ,so they bend easier .. About the addiction there is no 12 step program

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    So, should I just tip the catts sideways in a larger pot or just bury the whole rhizome deeper (including what is already properly buried)? I haven't pulled them out of their pots to see what the roots look like because I have been a slave to garden produce the last few days. To tell the truth, orchid collecting is not the first time I have exhibited self-control issues---12 summer squash hills!! what was I thinking?!

    Bruce, the pic of the Odm. is just the best one I could get in the dark after the tomato-canning was over. Several of the leaves have similar issues. Give the whole thing a haircut?

    Thanks.

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    You can trim leaves back, just make sure you use tools that have been cleaned first. It helps to cut the leaf into a shape similar to it's original...and I use regular cinnamon on the cuts.

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    Boy do I understand the whole slave to garden produce thing. We have made 63 pints and 15 quarts of spaghetti sauce, 50 pints of salsa, 14 half pints of taco sauce, several batches of buttered beets, about 30 batches of refridgerator pickles, and have frozen I don't know how many beans. This is not to mention the cabbage, zucchini, onions, etc. Ok, I am down off my produce soap box. Hope your garden is doing as well and good luck with the addiction. You do seem to have more control than most of us.

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    wow Jonada! You are going to eat well this winter! I've never tried canning taco sauce before. My garden did remarkably well despite resembling a rice paddy the whole month of July. My tomatoes and marigolds were so waterlogged, they started throwing out air roots that would make any orchid grower proud.

    On a sadder note--I decided on impulse to pull that phal I was worried about out of its pot. I am horrified to report I have killed EVERY root. After a soak, the velaman peeled off like so much wet toilet paper, although the inner roots are still mostly white and firm. There are 2 new root nubs less than 1cm each. The plant has 5 firm healthy leaves and 1 on its way to yellow. I guess this is as good a time as any to do my first sphag & bag experiment. Is there any point to leaving the old inner roots on? Will they help absorb moisture? I probably should just throw the whole thing out, but I just don't have the heart. Help!!


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