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Epidendrum Spike Propagation

This is a discussion on Epidendrum Spike Propagation within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi Folks, My lovely epidendrum had rot on 1 pseudobulb. I was definitely overwatering, the ...

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    Hi Folks,

    My lovely epidendrum had rot on 1 pseudobulb. I was definitely overwatering, the bark mix was decomposed and holding more water than I thought. I sprayed the remaining plant w/hydrogen peroxide & repotted it in new bark. I hope that will be ok, but I did have to remove a lot of dead roots. As for rotted the pseudobulb, I had to cut the whole bulb from the spike which is in flower. Is it possible to propagate just the spike given that they will sometimes grow keikis? I put it in moist spag just in case, but wondering what I can expect.

    As always, I appreciate your thoughts.

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    Not sure I have seen epidendrum producing Keiki from flower spike. no harm in trying though

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    Until very recently I had an Epi. viviparum that produced a beautiful keiki on a spent flower spike. But I don't know what other species will do this. I don't think it will work but no harm in trying. Maybe put a bit of rooting powder at a couple of the leaf nodes?

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    Good Idea - will try that! Thanks!

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    Hiya Folks, Wanted to give an update. The flower spike died so rooting hormone didn't work for it. I've also lost 2 more stalks as well even though I've repotted and sprayed. I've attached photos of the leaves. Please let me know if you have any ideas on what I can do for it.Name:  IMG_1258.JPG
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    Softness in the leaves looks like a bacterial infection. You can use Physan 20/RD 20 and drench the plant and avoid watering the foliage till it recovers

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    Thanks very much for the advice! I'll try that today!

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