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Oncidium with squishy bulb

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    I bought this cute little oncid plant that was sitting on the sale table. I knew when I bought it that the middle bulb was squishy.....they were letting the p-bulbs just lay over on wet mix and I'm guessing it's not disease, just neglect. Can I just let it do it's thing naturally or should I cut the mushy bulb off? I got a pic below. Also, isn't this a huge pot for such a little plant? I know oncids can grow fast, but gosh it seems to be abit overpotted.
    This one is called 'Sweet Sugar', thanx for any suggestions.....
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    I would cut the squishy bulb off and dust with cinnamon also I would knock it out of that pot swirl it in a little fungicide and repot in fresh medium in a smaller pot. I have mine in a basket and it seems happy.
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    I agree with Cin. Looks like that bulb has some rot at the base also. Might want to dip the whole thing in a fungicide.

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    Thank You so much....I kinda thought that was the wrong pot and way too big. It just so happens I just bought the cutest little wicker basket...bet it works great.
    Thanx Again
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    Man, the hints and tips you pick up in this forum is just mind boggling...fantastic. I am so stoked to have found this forum.

    I have the same problem with some of mine. Is it ok to dip the entire plant into fungicide? My issue is that I haven't cut the squishy one off because it is sooting 2 new bulbs from either side. Should I sacrifice the new growths?

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    I've had a number of oncids with mushy brown pbulbs. Most of the time it has been a non-issue for me. I guess I would do the excise and fungicide thing if it were in an accessible place on the plant, but--and this is just me--I sure wouldn't cut out a bulb with new growths coming out of it. Most of my pbulbs like this just dry up and turn leathery. But don't keep the media wet.

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    Again, thank you Lynda,

    I won't cut it off and have already sprayed. Lets see how we go.

    Niki

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    Yeah, I love the people on here too. Everyone has helpful hints and noone acts like you are stupid no matter what you ask. I am always reading every post I can to learn about stuff I may run into some day.

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    I would definitely get the squishy one away from the rest. I got a sweet sugar that was all mushy too....and won't bother telling you what it's fate was....I tried to divide it up but it was too late.....

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    The problem with leaving the squishy bulb on the plant is that the rot may spread to the rest of the plant. If it were me I would dip the entire plant, wash off the roots so that you can see what's rotten or dead. Cut away all the dead roots and see if you can separate the squishy bulb from the rest of the plant with out killing it. If you can, then you have the option of potting it separately and see what happens. Use new mix and new pot for both the squishy bulb and the rest of the plant.
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