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Two plants doing weird things

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    Default Two plants doing weird things

    I can't find an explanation for. Most of the time I can figure out what is wrong with a plant quickly by searching this forums thousands of posts. These two are a bit of a mystery. 1st up is a Dendrobium platycaulon I've had for 3 years. 1st two years were good but last year the leaves on the new growth came in wrinkled. The leaves, PB's and roots look good and its growing well except for that #1 is last year #2 this year.

    The other one is Dockrillia wassellii. Its leaves (pb's) come in well but when they mature they begin to wither. Again the leaf from last is #! and one of the new ones is #2. This plant seems to be okay otherwise and is growing 4-5new leaves each year. I keep cutting off the dried out ones.

    Both are under bushes and get morning sun with dappled light the rest of the day. Both are watered twice a day this time of year and fed weekly.

    Any advice is very much appreciated.
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    I am told that the wrinkling is due to dry. Needs/wants more water and humidity. I have it on a number of my orchids too. I just make sure that I keep up and help the next leaves get freed from the wrinkled part so it grows better.

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    That's what I thought Harvey but I don't think they get stuck. The Den. never really dries out. The yarn wrapping and filter material keep it pretty moist as long as I don't forget to water. Humidity has been pretty crazy this year. Right now its at 53% and will be 90% at daybreak tomorrow. Been like that since pretty much the beginning of June. Yuck!!

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    First - Water availability / root health.

    Second - Perhaps a nutrient deficiency.

    And if you're sure the first isn't a water issue, also nutrient deficiency.

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    The consensus does seem to be water related and so probably root related. Got Kelpmax coming so I'll try that.

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    I think in my case the wrinkling is due to too little humidity than a watering problem.

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