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Jewel orchid problems

This is a discussion on Jewel orchid problems within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Enclose them for extra humidity until you see them recovering. When and if you move ...

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    Enclose them for extra humidity until you see them recovering. When and if you move them out add a humidifer. I think they will do ok if you can get the humidity up. Be care of too much light if they are enclosed. You can use one of those very large ziplock baggies. Be careful not to keep them to wet just damp. The humidity will do the rest. Good luck
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    Waaaaaay too dry! I grow all of mine in sphagnum, so they stay constantly moist.

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    Niki, I would suggest that your potting media and overwatering might be the problem. (Note that I am giving an opinion from growing outdoors in a warm climate). I have my Ludisia in a mix of 1/2 potting mix & 1/2 Leca and charcoal. it has been in this pot for more than 3 years, has grown all over the sides to form a beautiful specimen plant. I have not had to change the mix. The pot is placed under the benches where it receives varying amounts of sun, depending on the time of year. It will soon start to flower at this time. Will post a photo later.
    I would suggest that you might try removing the rotted end, sterilize, and lay and pin the stem on top of some potting mix until it is rooted, then you might try a new medium to plant them in again.
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    I will take all the advice move them to the "ICU". These ones didn't do so great with the neglect Thanks everyone.

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    Macodes, as I mentioned, is quite the diva. As Ray mentioned, dryness is likely your biggest issue. IME, Macodes requires moderate to high humidity and REALLY resents drying out. It may spring back from one such watering mistake (and that only if it is a brief one) but that is it. This one is best reserved for the terrarium, I think.

    Ludisia is generally much more forgiving. In my conditions I grow it in orchid mix and potting soil in a ratio of about 2:1. I do let mine get somewhat dry between waterings but never completely dry. Ludisia, btw, can handle my wintertime 30% humidity with little complaint.







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    Absolutely hate winter dryness. Struggling to stay in the 30s for humidity and at times with some recent experimenting I'm getting in the 40s-50s but not steady enough. Everything survived just fine last year but then again they weren't near death.

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    Would it help to remove them from the decorator pots, to get more air/ And maybe use humidity trays, group them together nicely and they will create their own little micro- climate?

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    I do use humidity trays with my orchids grouped together. Honestly from my experience even though humidity trays are usually the first piece of advice offered when having the issue of dry air they just don't offer that big of a difference for me unless the area is closed in. So I have some plastic around with an open space for a couple of small fans. Not the best looking set up but it's what I'm trying for now.

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    I have one like the bottom pictures. I treat it exactly like my African Violets. It is very dry here and I put it in Miracle Grow moisture retentive potting soil. I water it whenever some of my more sensitive plants get a bit wilty (every week to ten days). It gets quite dry between waterings. I take cuttings every so often (all of your wilty pieces could be trimmed off and stuffed in water and will regrow their roots, btw). If I put them in pots that are too big, they go wilty on me and turn back into cuttings for the next go 'round. My big plant is grown about 2' back from the east window with other plants around it. We do have big windows and a lot of light and about 20% humidity. I'll see if I can get or find a picture of it later.

    Here is a picture

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    Hi i m new and just reading your post for first time. In less light how well will it bloom? What is your media for potting? Thanks!

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