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Clean up

This is a discussion on Clean up within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was going to do some clean up on a few plants that I recently ...

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    I was going to do some clean up on a few plants that I recently recieved from a greenhouse. I want to remove some of the sheaths that are covering the pseudobulbs that are just falling apart and/or not looking that good. Is this ok to do or should well enough be left alone because they are protecting the pseudobulbs.

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    Hi - I've seen this done at my local Orchid group, though only the old brown sheaths were removed - not the new green ones. The experienced growers all agreed it made the plant look neater and that it wouldn't hurt it - in fact a few said that it helped to prevent fungus in our hot and steamy environment. So well worth a try I guess.

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    When I get new plants I generally remove the sheaths so I can look under them for any hiding pests---As far as I know it doesn't hurt them in any way. I only remove them when I get them from another place. I don't remove them on new pseudobulbs that develop on my own plants.

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    Thanks to both of you. I shall remove them.

    Gordon

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    In nature the rains and winds would naturally remove the sheaths and they are no longer useful to protect mature pseudobulbs.
    Removing the sheaths also allows more surface area for photosynthesis and makes them look nice so I do remove them.

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    Thanks smartie, makes sense. As was mentioned above, the bug buisness makes a lot of sense also.

    Gordon

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    Be gentle - I always remove them when watering, so the sheathes are wet. They come away more easily and you can be sure you aren't damaging anything else.

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    Good point, Diane. Also use your fingers to remove the dry husks. If you find yourself having to cut plant material away, be sure to use a sterilized blade and don't use the same blade on more than one plant without re-sterilizing the blade. This extra precaution will help you avoid spreading any virus to your other orchids.

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    Thanks Diane and BD. I appreciate all the good pointers.

    Gordon

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