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Growing so Slowly?

This is a discussion on Growing so Slowly? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone, I brought a few phalaenopsis violacea var alba seedlings mid july, they were ...

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    Hi everyone,
    I brought a few phalaenopsis violacea var alba seedlings mid july, they were about 3.5-4 inch leaf span, I repotted them last month, and there has not been any new root growth or top growth since.
    It still has its old roots.
    Is it normal for this particular type of seedling to grow this slow?

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    Phal species seedlings of that size seem to take an age to grow(have several myself) , i,m going to try & grow them warmer @ nights to see if this will kick their growth into a higher gear.

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    I agree. Plus, they'll grow in spurts--doing nothing for a long time and then "suddenly" shooting out a new leaf or roots. If there's anything orchid growing teaches people, it's patience!

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    Thank you both for your responses
    In nature Violaceas and Bellinas rarely go below 70 degrees, so I'm giving my seedlings 72-74.1 Night Temperatures, and lots of heat and humidity during the day.
    I think I'm going to water them a little less seeing as they're not doing that much
    I was thinking about buying a flask of this particular cultivar, but I'm just going to see how well I do with these seedlings first.
    Even though I've been growing orchids for so long, I've always been afraid to deal with such tiny seedlings.
    -Alessandra

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