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Nasty bug, what in the world is it?

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    Default Nasty bug, what in the world is it?

    I have a small Jewel orchid I saved from the discount rack at a chain store, it was doing really well until about 2 weeks ago. I noticed the leaves dieing and I thought it was getting too much sun so I moved it. That didn't help so I took a closer look at it today, the stem where it went into the dirt was shriveled and filled with small, long maggot looking grubs. They reminded me of the critter I find on wild mushrooms.

    I cut the very top of the plant off and threw the whole pot out, hopefully what is left will root for me. I made sure there wasn't any bugs left on what I kept. Has anybody heard of/seen things like this?

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    Hi , It sounds like a case of rot and the grubs moved in for a meal I don't think they were the cause of the problem .The plant might of been to wet . I root the Ludisia cuttings in Spag. Hope this helps a little . Gin

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    It was really wet. I had recently got this plant and I'm not too sure how to grow it. I will try some spag and rooting hormone, should I bag it too or just set it in a cup?

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    Hi , Spag is good and the rooting hormone , put in as small clay pot as you can and place in a shaded area no bagging or misting , be sure the cuts are above and soft areas .Coat one or 2 of the joints on the stem and they are in the Spag. that is where the new roots will come from . Keep moist but not wet wet . It should start new roots before long , it is not a hard plant to root . I had to redo mine awhile back it had become scrappy looking . Gin

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