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Zygo advice requested

This is a discussion on Zygo advice requested within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Last March, a friend of mine bought a Zygo in bloom at a show. While ...

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    Default Zygo advice requested

    Last March, a friend of mine bought a Zygo in bloom at a show. While she loves the blooms, neither she nor her husband are known for their plant care abilities. (There are times the plants only get watered because I'm visiting. LOL)

    Well a few weeks back they gave the plant to me to try and rescue. Most of the pbs had turned brown and soft so I cut them out. Unfortunately or fortunately, for the plant, I haven't had the time to do more than that and give it a drizzle of water once a week.

    The sections of the roots -- about 1 inch (2.5cm) worth -- immediately extending from the pb area are shriveled but after that point are white and very firm/crisp -- they'd rival a stalk of celery for crisp snappiness. There is some signs of new green growth (though not root growth) at one end where the only 2 ?healthy? pbs are -- one of which is very undeveloped so perhaps was an attempt at a spike? (never grown a Zygo before). Much to my surprise there are now 2 new growths at the opposite end. They actually look like they arose from the roots themselves and not a pb, though I'm sure there must have been a pb node down there somewhere. The roots had filled the 4" pot and are very tightly packed.

    So now the Qs:

    Should I just repot the lil bugger as is?

    Should I attempt to divide it -- though I fear the 2 brand new growths would get snapped off?

    How best to divide it, if that is what is necessary, without completely destroying the roots? (They seem like they would snap all too easily)

    A pic of the newest growth follows............
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    I would just repot in a fresh mix. The roots looks so healthy and with new growth, now would be the time to repot. You should see new roots soon too. Good luck!


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    Im with you BD,repot now and keep it in a warm(20-28degrees)shadey and humid area and watch it grow.

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    i wouldn't divide it either... the whole plant, ie the older bulbs help sustain the two new growths, so will be easier for it through this transition.

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    Default Zygo

    The plant should not be divided. However at this point, it is so severely damaged that it is prob 3 -5 yrs from blooming. Do you want to devote time and precious bench space to that? Im getting cranky in my older years and have a much more calculating attitude toward my plants. Good luck what every you decide!

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