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Mushy psuedobulb

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    HI Again!

    NExt problem.... cause I have a FEW!! ; (

    I have an orchid with a mushy psuedobulb and now there are leaves on new growth that at turning brown and falling off.... is there hope?

    I'm inclined to repot and cut away the mushy part, but would love your advice first!

    Thanks in advance!
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    Mushy pseudobulbs are a problem. Suggest you remove the mushy ones and keep the ones that are healthy. Wash the entire plant with Physan 20 and then seal the wound with cinnamon powder. Would also suggest repot in fresh media

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    That plant looks horribly desiccated, more than "mushy" due to an infection.

    Either it hasn't enough good roots to sustain the plant, or you simply aren't watering it enough. - or a combination of the two.

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    My poor orchid. I think that underwatering is a chronic problem for me. Here is what it's roots look like... I think they look sufficient. So, I will water it more. I'm always afraid to OVERwater... is there a "safe" way to help a plant like this? Is watering every other day too much? It's going to be in bark.

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    I would cut away as many of the dead roots that you can. Watering can be tricky as to how often, I often tell new growers to test the plant by weight, when you have this one repotted and before you water lift the pot and feel the weight in your hand, then water the pot till the water starts to come out of the holes in the pot, wait a few seconds for all the water to get out of the pot and water again, if they roots are really dry do it one more time. Pick the pot up after you have watered it well and feel the weight, in the future to check if it needs water pick it up and feel the weight, you will catch on quickly after doing this a few times to determine how many days you can go before it really needs watering.

    I would agree with what Sriram suggested on treating the plant for fungus!

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    This does look like a lack of water problem. Your roots appear to be dead for the most part. The pseudo bulbs are wrinkled because the new growth has taken everything they were storing. A sure sign of under water with oncidium types is that the new growth is wrinkled as in your 1st picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calidomer View Post
    Here is what it's roots look like... I think they look sufficient.
    That is not "sufficient," that is mostly dead. Living roots will have a grayish-white exterior covering, and bright green tips.

    That root system did not grow in that coarse bark seen in the first picture, so I suspect the plant was taken out of something finer, and repotted, as-is, into the bark.

    As recommended above, get rid of dead roots, repot, treat it with a good root-growth stimulant, Andy ought to recover.

    While your wariness about overwatering is a good instinct, as long as the potting medium allows plenty of air flow around the roots, you need not hesitate.

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