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Followup - Yellowing leaves on Dendrobium

This is a discussion on Followup - Yellowing leaves on Dendrobium within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thank you to everyone who offered advice regarding the yellowing leaves on my Dendrobium "Lori's ...

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    Default Followup - Yellowing leaves on Dendrobium

    Thank you to everyone who offered advice regarding the yellowing leaves on my Dendrobium "Lori's Star' This is a nigro-hirsute type, and is well over 2' tall.
    There seemed to be a lot of good advice - yet I disregarded all of it, with good results. The plant continued to yellow, as I just wasn't able to keep it adequately watered. The plant was in a 2" pot filled with charcoal and porous rock. That pot was set inside a 4" pot with no additonal growing medium. This is a nigro-hirsute type, and is well over 2' tall - so you can understand that this didn't provide optimal water retention. When i am back and forth between two house, there were bound to be at least 3-4 days each week when I couldn't water.

    ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ----I decided to take the risk and repot. Cut off the 4" pot, and found a tangle of very dry looking root. By being careful I only lost very few roots in this process. Repotted into a 6" plastic pot with a bark/charcoal/perlite orchid mix that I'd soaked for a few hours. The plant was still top heavy, so I set that inside a 6" clay pot. The plant no longer topples, it is starting to grow new roots, and no more leaves are yellowing. Best of all, the flower buds that were present when purchased one month ago, are continuing. I'll post pictures when it does bloom.

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    WTG! Sounds like things are going smoothly and can't wait to see the flowers!

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