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This is a discussion on Jewel orchid problems within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm having some trouble with a few of my jewel orchids. I can't list specific ...

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    Default Jewel orchid problems

    I'm having some trouble with a few of my jewel orchids. I can't list specific names right now. They were growing fine and a couple have put out blooms. But for some reason lately most of them them have started to get soft and wither some at the base. I can't figure if this is over watering or under or something else. Another seems to have permanently flopped over no matter how I water. I can't seem to find much info on care for jewel orchids and so I'm not sure what to do to correct the problem. I don't have any pics now but can try to get some later.

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    How are you culturing them? Light level, watering, mix, and humidity?

    It was my experience that they liked higher humidity (70%), higher light but not full sun. They did well with slipper orchids. Water as they approach dryness but don't let them go fully dry. I grew mine in Sphag and changed the medium yearly. They don't like it too cold. 70- 80 F during day 10-15 cooler at night.

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    It also makes a difference on just which jewel(s) you have. Some like Macodes petola are, IME, very much the prima donna. If anything goes out of whack with what they want they quickly throw a fit and generally go directly into a "death spiral". Others like Ludisia (Haemaria) discolor are quite tolerant of mistakes on the grower's part -- so much so that for many folks they are practically weeds.



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    I have one that has tried to die a few times. First, don't get the leaves wet. Keep it in an area with really good air movement. Let the potting get nearly dry before you water it and water it like an African Violet...from the bottom. I sat mine into a plastic dish (re-purposed microwave container) so that it can soak up what it needs. When I'm done watering the Cattleya I pour whatever left over water is in the bottom of the dish onto something else. I actually have mine growing with the Gesnariad Cathy gave me. They get light levels on the low end of the Cattleya range. Or, if it's sunny I put a large Cattleya next to it so the leaves can provide a little extra shading. Hope this helps....

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    Here are the depressing photos. It's a shame, I really like the jewel orchids and have more of those than others. I was doing pretty good with the orchids...

    They are grown under lights. I was watering til they were nearly dry. I have a couple of small fasn running off and on.
    These did have a rough period of not getting watered properly for a couple months. But 2 of them I started to have problems with prior. The air is a lot drier now and I'm having trouble keeping humidity even at a minimum. They are all potted in a mix of turface, fine bark and grit which proved to be fine before for some of them since they grew nicely and bloomed.


    Macodes petola. This poor thing was doing fine then turned permanently limp.




    Ludisia discolor (dark form)
    I've had a losing battle with this one for a while. They've been repotted a couple of times. They keep withering from the base. I've lost a few of the clippings. At this point they are basically laying in the mix as there isn't much left to pot.




    Anoectochilus chapaensis
    This was my first one and grew so nicely and bloomed. This is what is left of the second growth and you can see it is basically done with. This one also kept dying from the bottom up.



    Ludisia discolor x Anoectochilus formosanus
    The picture doesn't show it much but this one has shown signs of softness and withering at the base.

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    I found one of them growing in a Reserve in Thailand once , I think it was Anoechtchilus roxburghii, or something similar. It was growing on the jungle floor, in mixed ( some deciduous trees ) forest, which was very dark. My meter reading gave 33 lux on the leaves of this plant ( I had recorded 48000 lux on the leaves of Vanda coerulea, teh previous day ). I wondered how this little plant could possibly survive, in such a dim light, when a few falling leaves from the trees would hide it from what dim light there was. I concluded it must be capable of growing very fast in poor light.
    When I got home, I took my own jewel orchids - two different species - and put them under the greenhouse bench, rather than on it. They did start to grow very fast indeed, in fact I divided them after a few months and sold them, I was afraid that under the bench they would bee out of sight, out of mind, and I would forget to water them.
    Btw, in the days of orchid mania in England , 120 years ago, they used to grow them indoors, nowhere near a window, under a bell-glass to retain humidity, as ornaments , and pinch out the flower stems, so as to enjoy the full beauty of the leaves.

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    They look way too dry. The ones that I have grown have always been in really high humidity under a dome. And as you, they will grow great and then one day just take an immediate turn and wither. I think inside the dome there was not enough air movement.

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    I will bump up watering and see what else I can do to raise the humidity this time of the year. Maybe some can still be saved.

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    I will bump up watering and see what else I can do to raise the humidity this time of the year. Maybe some can still be saved.
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    Okay what happened to my post?
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