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#1 User is offline   turboz 

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:31 AM

Hi, i've this plant which i transplanted from those water crystals/gel to soil last week or so, and it's lower leaves have been wilting, and one leaf has started to curl a little. I dug around a found tiny white worms in the soil. any idea what they are and are they linked to my plant's condition?? thanks for the help!

I used burnt earth, with Horti organic fertilizer, watering once daily.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 08:45 AM

So are you watering daily regardless whether the soil is dry or not? It could be overwatering in this case.

Or it might just be transplant shock, seeing that you just transplant the plant to a new potting medium.

Can you describe the "tiny white worms" more, like do they have legs? Otherwise they look like earthworms to me.

Lower leaves wilting may means alot of things, could you describe how the leaves wilted as natural wilting and fungal/baterial caused wilting may be different.

Edit: So this plant is grown on those water crystal thingy and you transplant it into a totally different potting medium with fertilisers? Encouraging the plant to produce a lot of foliage before the root system is established is a recipe for disaster.

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 12:40 AM

Hi, thanks for the information! the worms don't seem to have legs, and they wriggle around instead of crawling.. they are white, less than 1cm long and less than 1mm thick. i didn't know baby earthworms were white! hope that isn't a problem then. :S I was under the impression burnt earth will not have any living organisms in it but guess i'm wrong!

and they were transplanted because the roots were overgrowing the small container they were in, so i hope the fertilization isn't a problem in this case. the leaves wilted tip first, then moved downwards to its base.. is that normal?

and watering wise, now i try to feel whether the soil is damp before watering.. hope that's a better way than daily watering? Sorry it's first experience with gardening so pardon the questions! thanks for reading!
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 11:34 AM

View Postturboz, on Mar 23 2009, 12:31 AM, said:

Hi, i've this plant which i transplanted from those water crystals/gel to soil last week or so, and it's lower leaves have been wilting, and one leaf has started to curl a little. I dug around a found tiny white worms in the soil. any idea what they are and are they linked to my plant's condition?? thanks for the help!

I used burnt earth, with Horti organic fertilizer, watering once daily.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cmBrcgcNDnY/ScXsFW6WVEI/AAAAAAAAAS4/yzmqD-0OyvI/s720/P1000557.JPG


hi turboz,

i have lots of white worm in my pot as well, but now it grow quite big, i feed them with Veg and left over rice, the plants now grow well, one key thing is the worm need moist in soil to live, so the plants you planted on it must be able to take wet feet hor.... cheers

rocky
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 05:52 PM

thanks everyone for the replies! i dug the worms up again today, and i guess they're aren't fungus gnats? they do not have the black head as the websites described. So hopefully they're pot worms! i guess i'll just leave them there for a few weeks and see how things go?

As for watering, i can't ID the plant, asked my bro and he said it was "兰花“ he bought from a train station (of all places!) in taiwan. i guess i'll have to experiment then. thanks a lot!

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 06:12 PM

View Postturboz, on Mar 24 2009, 05:52 PM, said:

As for watering, i can't ID the plant, asked my bro and he said it was "兰花“ he bought from a train station (of all places!) in taiwan. i guess i'll have to experiment then. thanks a lot!


since it is orchid I suggest going to this website and take a look:
http://www.beautifulorchids.com/orchids/or..._questions.html
http://www.imagine12...dtips/tips.html

and post any question in the orchid forum: http://www.greencult...p?showforum=122


Have fun with it!
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