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rootless Cymbidium

This is a discussion on rootless Cymbidium within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was recently given a cym that was desperately in need of a repot. Once ...

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    I was recently given a cym that was desperately in need of a repot. Once I got it pulled out if the pot, I discover a mess of soggy, rotten roots and medium that was completely broke down.
    I trimmed a bunch of the roots off and washed the old medium off and replanted in a course dirt/bark mix. The plant is now sitting outside in the shade and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to help encourage root growth? The fleshy base of the leaves are quite wrinkled but all the new growth look pretty decent.

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    Welcome! Where in Idaho do you live?
    I will leave this dilemma to more knowledgeable members.

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    I'm in the panhandle about a hour and a half from the Canadian border.

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    developing new growth should grow new roots. Be sure to keep your plant out of the
    sun and in a shaded area while it is recovering. Also, water sparingly, just enough to
    keep the potting medium barely moist, to encourage new root growth and
    do not fertilize!

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    Well said Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldo View Post
    I'm in the panhandle about a hour and a half from the Canadian border.
    Around Bonners Ferry?

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    people here trade old rootless cymbidium 'back-bulbs' all the time. the new growths will grow roots, the old ones will not. it will take 2 years or more possibly to get an old back-bulb division to bloom again, so it will recover in time. depending on how big the plant is now, it could be a year or two. but worth saving!

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    >I trimmed a bunch of the roots off and washed the old medium off and replanted in a course dirt/bark mix. <
    Just curious about the dirt/bark mix; I've never met a cymbidium grower (and there're plenty here in SoCal) who includes dirt in the media. Is that a common thing to do nowadays? I haven't checked out cymbidium culture for soooo long!

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