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What about Crinkly leaves?

This is a discussion on What about Crinkly leaves? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; sorry, Mary, I realized that my post sounded sort of frivolous. It was not meant ...

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    sorry, Mary, I realized that my post sounded sort of frivolous. It was not meant to- I was earnest in my suggestion of beer (I was reminded when I read Cindi's post about adding vitamin tablets.) I do give my orchids a small sip every now and then, but I don't know if it will take care of the crinkly leaves. But you have a lot of good help on the subject.

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    Well, I've read about crinkly leaves - to low moisture in the air...?

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    It looks like an oncidium intergeneric family.
    I often hear stories of wrinkled leaves, due to low humidity and dehydration.
    Maybe thats the problem?

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    Well, in the area I live, we don't have much in the way of a humidity problem...coastal fog morning and evening, lots of rain, and overcast days. It lounges in a temperature between 68 and 72 (that's what the thermostat says) and rarely gets to 80 degrees...maybe three times in the last couple years...and that's when we have dry years and actually get something we could call summer. *laff*

    For now, I've repotted it into one of those good drainage holey pots orchids like with new medium mix, changed it's location to the kitchen window (more humidity from the sink and dishwasher, & changed the fertilizer I'm using to the Orchid specific one mentioned above.

    I never have beer in the house, except root beer on occasions, and I have a funny feeling it would not like that. Anyway, knowing me, I'd give it too much beer and it would climb out of the pot and accidentally commit suicide trying to get to the fridge for more!!

    So, I think now I have to wait and see what the new growth looks like since nothing I do will alter the condition of the current crinkly leaves. I will keep you posted with pictures and commentary. I really appreciate all the ideas and suggestions. I had already asked the local nursery people and the reply was "hmmm, got fried?!?!?!" But that was all I could get from them. That's when I came looking for a forum ........... and found you all!

    Thanks!

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    Beer or root beer would be a boost of sorts, because of the sugar feeding all the teeny microbes in the media.

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    I assume you would dilute either the beer or root beer... but by how much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delilah View Post
    or give it some beer (I'm only half joking)
    So you're totally serious about the beer? How much and how often?

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    I don't know about beer, I would suggest honey though. I have been using it on mine due to them being neglected for several months while we were moving. I use it with my regular fertilizer and then mix the water very well. I read somewhere to use 1 tsp. to 3 liters of water. I am told it has natural healing properties and the sugars will make your plants perk up. I use it in heavier mixtures for my Vanda types and heavy feeders.

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    Honey? Beer? Root beer?? to learn about these and other interesting enhancements to orchid culture check out the following thread:

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...e-them-up.html

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    What about Brandy? I have some sitting around since the last time I made fruit cake........... years & years....

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