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Sunburn and rot-psychopsis

This is a discussion on Sunburn and rot-psychopsis within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all! I went to repot my sad psychopsis yesterday and noticed things that I ...

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    Hi all! I went to repot my sad psychopsis yesterday and noticed things that I had not noticed before. I knew it had some pretty bad sunburn, but I think that it also has rot. Would a sunburn be a vector for introducing disease? The black spots don't have any notable odor. The one on the leaf is pretty soft. There are quite a few new growths on this plant and I would like to save it somehow. The pseudobulbs that are supporting the active growths have a problematic spots on them...can I trim these out of the pseudobulb and seal it so the active growth can still use the viable part for nutrients? Currently, the plant is sitting outdoors drying...





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    My experience with Psychopsis has been this: They absolutely will NOT tolerate wet feet. Mine gets watered about every 5 or 6 days and, of course, it depends on the media it is growing in. IMHO it looks like the plant may be suffering from a bacterial infection. If it is sunburn pull it back. I grow exclusively under lights and mine does very well at about 1800 fc.

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    Bacterial was my first guess. The sunburn was a bit of an oopsy. It was taken away from that spot as soon as I noticed the bleaching effect. Wasn't until I went to water the other day that I saw the black ickiness. I think I am just going to cut out the bad parts and try to rehab the good. Then go buy another one because everything I have found that could potentially treat the infection is dangerous and more expensive than a new baby or two.

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    Good luck in saving your Psychopsis, I do agree with Mitch, they do hate wet feet and
    being repotted....

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    That's just my opinion Jason so don't give up yet. Check to see if you have any kind of root system left. If so, maybe treat the plant with Physan 20, repot with a well draining media and adjust your watering habits as required. From my experience with Psychopsis, if there is no substantial root system left just throw it in the compost bin. They simply will not recover.

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    After you clean this guy up, repot it in a tight pot with open, well draining mix. Good luck with it, Jason.

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