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Mold on my Lc. Purple Cascade

This is a discussion on Mold on my Lc. Purple Cascade within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi folks, Well, my 6 month love affair with my green thumb has come to ...

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    Angry Mold on my Lc. Purple Cascade

    Hi folks,

    Well, my 6 month love affair with my green thumb has come to an end. Let the days of the brown thumb begin!!!!

    This morning, (I had off from work) I took a look at the roots of my Lc. Purple Cascade.
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    Right through the glass I saw that the roots were brown and had green mold spots all over them. So I took the plant out, and discovered most of the roots were rotten. I started cutting away, and then I ended up with a division, (Crossing my fingers on that). Anyway, I ended up cutting away 99% of the roots!!! Yikes! Also, I found (took me long enough, I have an untrained eye after all) two pseudobulbs were rotted!

    So the following voodoo song and dance I did was out of desperation and the fact that I wouldn't be able to do anything more for the plant till next week.
    So please don't make fun of me
    After cutting everything off, I poured some hydrogen peroxide on the plants. I didnt see any fizzing, but I heard some. 2 mins later I rinsed the plants under the faucet. Then, I soaked in some rooting hormone for 20 mins. Then I let it dry for 20 mins, then I soaked (and this is where the desperation shows, please dont laugh) in chamomile tea. I heard that this tea had some antifungal properties, so I figured better than nothing. Then I let it dry for 20 mins and finally put it back in the Semi/Hydro culture. Also while I was doing all that, I boiled the semi/hydro clay pellets and the glass jar to kill anything off.
    Im gonna get some physan and hopefully save this guy. I don't want to spend more money and replace the plant.
    The plant has only been with me for one week, and I had the water level in the jar at under half an inch in depth.
    Thanks all for reading through this, and offering any advice/support.

    -Cesar

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    I'm no expert on s/h - but didn't you say the jar had no drainage?? That's not semi-hydro, at least from my understanding. Closed in a jar with no chance for drainage and no air - I would think anything would rot. Why not try the same set up, clay pellets, only in a pot. Then water as needed till roots develop?

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    I put 4 catts in s/h last year, only 1 thrived. You need to put the plant in s/h at the right time, when a lot of new roots sprouting, it seems to be able to tolerate the wet s/h culture when it is hot and has very bright light. The old roots will not like s/h and will rot. I don't think you should put this plant back to s/h culture. If your viviriam has good lighting, it is better to put it there, just has some very loose sphag around the base of the plant. This is only my experience, others might have better idea.

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    Put in just pellets in a regular pot . If there are no drain holes the whole plant will develop rot . Diane is right it is not s/h culture Sorry my friend . Gin

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    I didnt know that! I'm gonna try and find it a new place now!
    Thanks!!!!

    P.S. my vivs don't have enough lights to satisfy any Catts., Ahh, but I know where to put it now!

    I put the smaller division in a plastic cup that has two drainage holes in it about 1 inch from the bottom. And the top is about 5 inches from the top of the water layer. Is that better?

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    If you are very interested in s/h culture, I think you may try one division in s/h, and another one in bark, so in case your catts don't like s/h, you may not lose all of them. For s/h, I think the plastic cup is OK, but since the plant just suffer from rot, I think you should leave the reservoi at a very low lelel so it will dry out in less a week. Also leave the pot completely empty for a few days before you add in water again. Once you see new roots, you can add more water.

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    I kind of like the idea of putting the plants in your viv. There won't be enough light for the Catts, but the light is necessary for blooming. That's not your priority right now. You need to grow soom roots. I think the humidity in there would be perfect for the time being. Once you get some new roots growing you can then move it to higher light and your preferred potting mix.

    Also higher light will also make the plant thirstier and it will be pretty challenged to get the moisture it wants with so few roots. Keep the light lower and the conditions more humid till it starts to recover.

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    I usually put my sick or rootless plants in a humidity tent, the rootless ones took 2-6 weeks to grow new roots. Here is my tent looks like.

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    OK, will do. I didnt realize the conflict of high light vs. no roots. Thanks all!

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