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Potinara's leaf broke off mid-bulb ?

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    Default Potinara's leaf broke off mid-bulb ?

    Tonight, as I was absentmindedly peeling off the dried papery sheath from around a Potinara's newest full leaf, the poor thing snapped off right in my hand. The sheath itself was dark and mottled, not pale, but the plant appears to be healthy overall. It didn't break at the leaf base but about a third down the length of the p-bulb.

    1.) Boo hoo!!!!!

    2.) Could I try to start a new plant from the broken piece? It's got about an inch of bulb and the leaf itself is about ten inches long, but of course no growth eyes or roots etc.

    3.) If that's even a likely possibility, how? What media would I put it in? What else should I know?

    4.) Boo hoo again!!!!!!!

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    Accidents happen. Its part of orchid gardening

    You cannot grow new plants from that section that broke off. Cattleya type plants produce new growths from buds along the base of the pseudobulb close to the rhizome.

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    To be frank, I don't think it is possible to revive the broken pseudobulb. What you could give a try is putting back the broken part back on the plant, tape it like when you do a graft. Keep it in a place with high humidity, low light and on the cooler side. If the tissue is still young and growing, who knows the plant might heal. Plans have amazing regenerative capacity.
    I never done this nor have I seen anyone do it. This was just an idea that came to me. As grafting is something similar and it works. In the worst scenario the pesudobulb will shrivel and die, which it would anyways if nothing is done.

    May be wait for some more ideas. before trying out this crazy stuff. Let us know.

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    Sorry, Victoria, I agree with what John and Amey have posted. Be sure to seal the broken end of the p-bulb so that it doesn't get infected. It will eventually shrivel and die away but should not hurt your orchid.

    Cheers,
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    I cinnamoned the main part of the plant so it should be all right. Guess that's a lesson for me in not thinking about irritating job situations while I'm trying to take care of my little plants. Who knows, I guess, maybe it'll get motivated and grow another big new leaf pretty quickly. Thanks all for reading and replying!

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