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Sherry Baby

This is a discussion on Sherry Baby within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; My mom was given a sherry baby onc. about 6 months ago in bloom. It ...

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    volupte79 is offline Junior Member
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    My mom was given a sherry baby onc. about 6 months ago in bloom. It was doing fine and she has it in a south/east facing window with a light cloth over the window to diffuse the light so it gets bright light but not direct sunlight. It is in a plastic pot and she waters it about once a week, when the dirt starts to dry out. The window box that it sits in has a layer of rocks on the bottom with some water to evaporate to keep the humidity up. Lately it has gotten increasingly unhappy. It has lost several leaves and the ones left are crinkled strangely.

    We repotted it yesterday to get it in a terra cotta pot so it can drain better and to get a look at the roots, I thought they might be rotting, but they looked fine.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what we can do to save this little plant? My mom really loves it and has wanted to grow orchids for years. She also has 2 phals in the same window who are both very happy and in spike.

    Here are some pictures, trying to show the leaves, and one of the window where it sits.







    Thanks,
    Olivia

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    I have read that the "accordion-pleat" look is caused by lack of water. I know you water weekly and the plant was in plastic but I have been greatly surprised by how much water plants can consume, not to mention the evaporative factors of your home. Some plants naturally have a pleated look, like Phaius sp.

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    Hi Olivia,

    To add to what Bikerdoc says, you probably need to unpot this plant again. If you are giving plenty of water, I suspect that the roots may be rotted so that they cannot actually take in the water. The medium in the photo looks very compact, but that could be my eyes and your photo... lol! The roots need plenty of air and good drainage. (Use larger chunk bark and that might help.)

    Cheers,
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    On a second inspection of the photographs - it appears the orchid is potted too deep also. I cannot see but one of the PS-bulbs. They should be above the bark level.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks guys. It's potted in an orchid dirt that is very low density. I checked the roots when we repotted it and they looked good. I'll tell my mom to lower the dirt level. Should the dirt dry out completely before watering again or should it stay damp all the time?

    Thanks,
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    Sigh. The pleated look is all the rage among the oncs at my house. I live in an arid area, and it's really dry in the winter. Can't hardly get enough humidity to them and they don't like it.

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