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Goodbye medusae.

This is a discussion on Goodbye medusae. within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have just gone to water my bulbophyllum medusae only to find that the lead ...

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    Default Goodbye medusae.

    I have just gone to water my bulbophyllum medusae only to find that the lead pseudobulbs have rotted. I have paid such close attention to that thing it makes me sick. Are these so finicky that I may as well toss out the backbulbs? There aren't many to begin with.
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    I found that my bulbophyllum medusae likes to be in a very shallow basket - might as well be mounted in my greenhouse with all the air movement. I almost lost it and did loose the buds on several spikes because of it being too wet. After putting it in this shallow basket, it came back from almost being dead. IF you have room for it, keep it for a year and see if it grows new p-bulbs. Mine did.

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    I had the thing strapped to a treefern plaque! I was shocked to see rot at all considering my humidity. Maybe it was just a bad division to begin with. My other bulbos are coming along just fine so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    I had the thing strapped to a treefern plaque! I was shocked to see rot at all considering my humidity. Maybe it was just a bad division to begin with. My other bulbos are coming along just fine so far.
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    Sorry man. Sometimes the plant just is weak. Hope you are able to get another one.

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    I hate that for you

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    I understand your feelings very well. Mine has had 15 buds on since early Sept and have yet to open. Today two fell off that had rotted. Mine is in a shallow basket and gets watered twice a week. Perhaps that is too much. Best of luck saving yours.

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    Pooey! I suppose I just needed to vent...what else is there to do when frustration gets the better of you?! I think I will just say sayonara to what is left of the plant...for all I know, it could introduce some horrible problem to the others! Better safe than sorry. Thanks for the responses guys, even though I was being a 'frivolous poster'!
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    There is no "frivolous" post...especially when you would like to kick something. We have all had those days. And now that you all mention how they don't like water...i'll be mounting a couple I have in the greenhouse that are probably way too wet. Ahem...

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    I kept it pretty dry. I thought it was TOO dry. It came to me rootless...I suppose I was being a big too hopeful in thinking that I could resurrect the poor thing!
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    Oh, Jason. I am so sorry to hear that! I would probably try to save the backbulbs and see if it would come back, but I am also a hopeless optimist! You may be wiser to kick it to the curb. Sigh...

    You have my sympathy!

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