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Brown leaves Paph sanderianum, HELP!

This is a discussion on Brown leaves Paph sanderianum, HELP! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Originally Posted by Ron-NY This is from an online site:... where maintaining high humidity may ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    This is from an online site:... where maintaining high humidity may be a problem, we'd suggest the technique that uses Sphagnum moss and a ziplock bag. Remove any dead, mushy or slimy roots from the plant. Then thoroughly wet a handful of long fibered New Zealand Sphagnum moss, and squeeze all the excess water out that you can, leaving it just slightly damp. Place the moss loosely around the base of the plant and put it into a clear plastic bag. For most Paphs the quart to gallon size zip lock types work well, for larger plants you'll have to improvise----clear garbage bag, or something similar. Close the bag in from both sides so that there remains only about an inch of open space in the middle. Fill the bag up with humid, slightly CO2 enhanced air by breathing in deeply and then blowing the bag up at this spot, and quickly sealing it shut. Place the bag in a warm area with subdued light. If at all possible try to keep leaves from touching the sides of the bag, as they may accumulate moisture there and be prone to rot. Periodically, say every week or so, reopen the bag and refill it by breathing into it, and quickly sealing it shut. You should see roots emerging within a few weeks, and when there appear to be two or three roots at least an inch in length, you can remove the plant from the bag and pot it up normally.

    Good culture = good root system. If you succeed in saving it it is important to get the culture down. I find bark mix works the best for me with the plant in a plastic pot and not over potted (meaning that the pot is only large enough to hold the root system. Water and allow to approach dryness before watering again. I find Phrags tolerate much more water than Paphs. but Paphs don't like going totally dry.

    Hope you succeed in saving it!
    DONE! We'll see! Thank you!

    Big Thank you Thank you to everyone for all the tips!! I took Ron NY advise and will see what will happen in few weeks. I hope it will work

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    Ditto what BigSteve said. Although most of my other plants are in clay pots; Paphs definitely go into clear pots so I can see what is going on with condensation and the roots.

    I have had some success with Ron's advice on the zip lock bag. Just be careful the leaves to not touch the sides or they will rot. As soon as you see about 1" of new roots, repot.

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    I have only one (black rook) in clay pot but even this one is first in a plastic pot like on the picture above (I do not know how they are called).

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    I tend to rot mine in plastic bags, so do pay attention. Good luck!

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    Personally, I'd immerse that plant in tepid water containing about an ounce-per-gallon Kelpmax, or a teaspoon per gallon Dyna-Gro K-L-N or SuperThrive, and let it soak overnight. Then I'd repot it into fresh, loosely packed sphagnum, and keep it warm and shady.

    The products all contain root-growth-stimulating hormones (KelpMax natural, the others synthetic), and warmth will enhance the metabolic rate.

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