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epidendrum radicans sunburst reed stem

This is a discussion on epidendrum radicans sunburst reed stem within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have had this plant for three months. It looks like it is drying up. ...

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    Default epidendrum radicans sunburst reed stem

    I have had this plant for three months. It looks like it is drying up. It is a reed stem type but I'm wondering if it needs a different potting medium. I'm using a med bark with pearlite and charcoal bits in it. I water once a week with a weak fertilizer. It has two stems, one has dropped its leaves. The second is greener and I'm now seeing a new leaf emerging at the top of the stem.

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    My epidendrum radicans seems to like a fair amount of water and gets fungal problems easily. They should be easy to grow, the ones I have had have been survivors. Is it over potted? They don't need much pot around them as far as I can tell. Mine have always grown new stems and keikis like mad and become a rather untidy plant in a happy way. I haven't had many of them, so hopefully someone more experienced will chime in with good ideas.

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    Epi radicans should grow in just about any medium if you adjust your watering etc. Do you always water on schedule, or do you check if it needs water first? A rigid schedule could be way to wet or way too dry. No way to know from here. Can you tell us more about your conditions? Maybe post a pic?

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    I do water on schedule, letting pot stay in water for about 30 min. So the bark is saturated. The clay pot is 1 1/2", roots have shown no growth but one green stem recently started showing a small leaf growing from the top. I grow it with my other orchids in a west window with the addition of 2 plant light bulbs. Also, i have a fan on slow speed on the group. I may be able to get a picture in the morning.

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    I have 6 of these all growing like weeds in just chopped up coconut husk in near full sun. Watered every day as very hot here 99% of the time and high humidity. Hope yours improve soon.

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    Michael please throw some weeds here! Hahaha

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