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Encyclia Radiata root growth help needed

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    Exclamation Encyclia Radiata root growth help needed

    Hey guys,

    I am hoping someone can answer this question. I have an encyclia radiata ching hua that was bought in March. The green foliage and stems looks great but the roots are another story. I am hoping to encourage new root growth. ( all the previous roots are shriveling up and maybe there is one healthy looking root left) Is there a good/successful way to encourage new root growth? This plant needs new roots to survive I believe!

    Any help appreciated!- Steph

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    I'm no expert but had an Encyclia Gay Rabbit that never seemed to grow roots. After several months I decided to mount it and now it has tons of roots. I had to mount the mount onto a larger mount to accomodate the root growth! I also grow outside (for now starting to get cool here at night)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brownthumber View Post
    Hey guys,

    I am hoping someone can answer this question. I have an encyclia radiata ching hua that was bought in March. The green foliage anamd stems looks great but the roots are another story. I am hoping to encourage new root growth. ( all the previous roots are shriveling up and maybe there is one healthy looking root left) Is there a good/successful way to encourage new root growth? This plant needs new roots to survive I believe!

    Any help appreciated!- Steph

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    If I can stop giggling here for a second...ummm...hmmm. Ok. I have an encyclia as well. Mine isn't mounted but it is potted with very little media. Drains very quickly and doesn't stay moist at all really. I would guess that these plants want to send roots out on a mission FOR water. Not because of its presence. I'd try to keep it humid but potted or mounted in such a way that it will dry very quickly...but water fairly often once root growth begins.
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    Now I know you are not laughing at my "Gay Rabbit"!

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    If I can stop giggling here for a second...ummm...hmmm. Ok. I have an encyclia as well. Mine isn't mounted but it is potted with very little media. Drains very quickly and doesn't stay moist at all really. I would guess that these plants want to send roots out on a mission FOR water. Not because of its presence. I'd try to keep it humid but potted or mounted in such a way that it will dry very quickly...but water fairly often once root growth begins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    Now I know you are not laughing at my "Gay Rabbit"!
    Of course not! Maybe the mounting of it....it reads amusingly after a few drinks. Posted via Mobile Device

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    hahhahahahh


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    Of course not! Maybe the mounting of it....it reads amusingly after a few drinks. Posted via Mobile Device

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    Well isn't it just perfect that the Gay Rabbit would only be happy after being mounted? Why else would it send out roots?
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    Well sometimes I think of myself as a Gay Rabbit, now I will leave it at that! If Steph mounts her Encyclia I hope it responds as well as me and my Gay Rabbit have.

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    Ha! Wonderful!
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