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#41 User is offline   jimmy78 

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 12:15 PM

Some root tips on the top of pot were shriveling up. Could that be due to dehydration? I have started to mist the air roots or the top layer of the media with exposed roots a couple of days ago. They look healthier now, I think.

Anybody mists air roots daily? Does it really help?
I also flush the media with slight rapid water in the sink weekly. Hope to remove the salt built-up in the media.

The root in the yellow circle was about to dry up before I started to mist them daily. The green tip perked up after that.
Not just this one. Some others show the same sign too.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_220059_zpsafs3q0nr.jpg

15 jun 2015.

Gosh. I broke the root tip this morning when I was watering it. I snapped it while holding the pot. :angry:/>/>

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 12:42 PM

View Postjimmy78, on 11 June 2015 - 12:15 PM, said:

Some root tips on the top of pot were shriveling up. Could that be due to dehydration? I have started to mist the air roots or the top layer of the media with exposed roots a couple of days ago. They look healthier now, I think.

Anyone mists air roots daily? Does it really help?
I also flush the media with slight rapid water in the sink weekly. Hope to remove the salt built-up in the media.

I'll snap some pictures later.


I spray on the roots daily, it's the only means I water the plants. But most of my orchids are mounted, so they need the daily spray. Once in a while, I soak the mount with the entire plant in a pail of tap water, for any salt buildup to dissolve away. It is scary to see pail water turn thick eventually, showing the amount of salt.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 01:31 PM

View Poststhh, on 11 June 2015 - 12:42 PM, said:

I spray on the roots daily, it's the only means I water the plants. But most of my orchids are mounted, so they need the daily spray. Once in a while, I soak the mount with the entire plant in a pail of tap water, for any salt buildup to dissolve away. It is scary to pail water the water turn thick eventually, showing the amount of salt.


Do you dunk the whole mount in the pail? I got some mounted brassavola, catt and encyclia but i only mist them daily.

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 01:41 PM

View Postjimmy78, on 11 June 2015 - 01:31 PM, said:

Do you dunk the whole mount in the pail? I got some mounted brassavola, catt and encyclia but i only mist them daily.



Do you dunk the whole mount in the pail? I got some mounted brassavola, catt and encyclia but i only mist them daily.


Yes. my aim is to dissolve any salt buildup on the mounts. Misting will not clear those salt. It also helps prevent mites, and the plant looks clean after that too.
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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:32 AM

Lc. Trick or trick's young shoots have grown up so much in a short time. Hope they'll bloom. Backbulbs are a little wrinkly though.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_181022_zpsgpkvjba7.jpg

Alma-kee - Like catt's shoots are growing at a slower pace. They look like a little small on the clumps.
Growing some new root tips but some shriveled up. Started to mist the top of media. Green tips are now looking slightly longer and fresher.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_181049_zpslnnw81pf.jpg

Slc. Little fairy. Repotted about 3 weeks ago. Moved to planter and it's growing bunch of roots. But sadly the newest bulb with a nubbin in the sheath has been sulked and stagnant. Guess it's not going to pull through.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_182713-1_zpsgxftybvu.jpg
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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:41 AM

Lc. Trick or trick's young shoots have grown up so much in a short time. So excited. Hope they'll bloom. Backbulbs are a little wrinkly though.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_181022_zpsgpkvjba7.jpg

Alma-kee - Like catt's shoots are growing at a slower pace. They look like a little small on the clumps.
Growing some new root tips but some shriveled up. Started to mist the top of media. Green tips are now looking slightly longer and fresher.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_181049_zpslnnw81pf.jpg

Slc. Little fairy. Repotted about 3 weeks ago. Moved to planter and it's growing bunch of roots. But sadly the newest bulb with a nubbin in the sheath has been sulked and stagnant. Guess it's not going to pull through.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_182713-1_zpsgxftybvu.jpg

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:01 PM

Ascocenda Memoria Tiechai update.
Spiking. Rounded nubbin has grown quite a bit in 2 weeks time.
http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/52e30b3e-34f1-42a3-b474-b40aac10e355_zpsc6s5q875.jpg

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  Posted 12 June 2015 - 12:04 PM

Catt. Chocolate drop hybrid. Almost in full bloom now. Minty fragrance is intense in the morning (Sometimes I think it smells like medicated balm :glare:/>/>/>/> ). Love the waxy chocolate colors.
It's growing some new roots and a tiny nubbin. Grow fast little nubbin, grow!!

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150611_191936_zps7exwpqz2.jpg

And there's a BIG little snail!!! Right there at the bottom right of photo. I'm gonna find it out later when I get home.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/2671ee58-aa18-4549-bfb2-90aad7a36d6b_zpsi4chnjtb.jpg

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 06:08 PM

Brassopranthe Sun Mei Gold.

This is the first orange orchid that I got. When I first brought it home, it had 2 flowers on one spike.
The flowers had red splotches on all its sepals, petals as well as the lip.
Now it has grown a new mature pseudobulb and 3 young shoots. The mature bulb is larger than all the old bulbs. Pretty impressive. Here's a sheath with hidden spike beneath it.
Hope it will bloom soon.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150613_175703_zpsqq6gczda.jpg?1434189885918&1434189889099&1434189919829

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150613_175453_zps0qlylus7.jpg?1434189885918&1434189889099&1434189919830

Another division of "Alma-kee"-like catt. Guess what, it's been repotted around a month ago and now it's growing 4 new shoots from both the newer and older bulbs.
A lot of root growth happening too. Quite happy with this one.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150613_175446_zpsyhnw7pz2.jpg?1434189885918&1434189889099&1434189919830

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 12:19 PM

Lc netresiri doll X Slc. Kauai Starbright.

The new pseudobulb is showing a sheath (not sure if it's actually another leaf). Fingers crossed, hope it's a sheath.
There were signs of blank sheath on the older bulbs. And again, fingers crossed. This is so far my favorite yellow catt.

The two new shoots have been growing quite a bit in a slow pace. But they got discoloration on the leaves. Discoloration seen on the mature leaves too, but they didn't spread. Any idea why discoloration happens on leaves? Is it a genetic issue?
It's not too unsightly to the eyes but I was just worrying about the health of the plant.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150614_121121_zpsmslvkz87.jpg?1434255751881&1434255755178&1434255778620

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 03:22 PM

OMG. I'm going to get some more catt babies later this evening. I need more space for them. :wacko:/>/>

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 09:10 AM

Your collection growing is growing fast! :lol:/>
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 09:38 AM

View Postkeff, on 16 June 2015 - 09:10 AM, said:

Your collection growing is growing fast! :lol:/>/>


That's the thing that I'm worrying about. I'm running out of outdoor space. These babies tend to be easier on the planter than indoor cause of the aeration issue. Now they are almost cluttering up at the planter. Arrangement is quite tedious as some are taller, some are shorter, wider.. light needs is a problem.. headache :bangin:/>
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:11 AM

Here's a new baby I got yesterday. Encyclia Purpurea X self.

Lovely scented purple splotched flowers with tinge of green as if it glows from the center. Large lip as usual. Sturdy leaves and bulb.
Already in a size of clump. I like how short is the spike on this one. Other Encyclias usually have long spike and they take forever to mature and bloom.
Got it from Toh garden, I was told that it's grown locally from seed pot. So, it has acclimatized to the local condition. Quite proud of it.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150616_072412_zps4tigz5tl.jpg

The real plant looks so much better than this photo. It's just not photogenic :flowers:/>/>

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150616_073153-1_zpstlmgvunt.jpg

Another No ID catt with a sheath but no sign of bud yet. No idea what color or shape it will be. I'm just liking the foliage, sleeky pseudobulbs and the compact growth.
I have a weird thought. I like to bloom something unknown to surprise myself. Also to prove that the micro-climate is suitable for growing these babies.
It's in pure sphagnum as usual with a layer of live moss on top. I guess the live moss will eventually die off in my environment. Still lovely anyway. I would not repot this one just yet. I don't want to sulk the sheath if it was meant to budding. Transferred to a clay pot with more sphag and small ratio of clay balls.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150616_072631-1_zpsshsyqfvx.jpg

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:21 AM

Brassopranthe Sun Mei Gold has finally pop it's buds out of the sheath. Counting at 5 buds at the moment, hopefully the sixth will make it through. Yay!!

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/271fda8d-c855-4d93-abfb-b3d8071fe1fb_zps2ciqbyqq.jpg

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:41 AM

Cattleya bug has bitten hard :flowers:/>
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 11:36 AM

View Postbrett, on 16 June 2015 - 10:41 AM, said:

Cattleya bug has bitten hard :flowers:/>/>


That's a bad bite. I guess I need to stop visiting nurseries. But they are just 5 minutes away :angry2:/>
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Posted 16 June 2015 - 01:35 PM

haha, no wonder ... the medicine for the bite is so near.
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Posted 17 June 2015 - 01:41 PM

Ascoc. Mem. Tienchai's spike didn't do so well. There is sign of two buds blasting. :huh:/>/>/>
Maybe it's got water trapped in between buds after watering.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150617_081659-1_zpsohkspxjk.jpg?1434515043237&1434515043965

Bc. Golden Peacock is doing fine. To my amazement, the flowers did smell a little sweet this morning. Though it's at indoor condition, yet it's growing fast. Root tips are over the rim of pot and almost touching the clay pot. 2 new shoots at the moment. Looking happy.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/2015-06-17_13.54.39_zps7vkaioj6.jpg?1434520550489&1434520554113&1434520587891

Catt. Chocolate Drop.

This is a sad one. It is potted in pure charcoal and the root tips seem shriveling. Could this cause by the toxic substance on the charcoal surface? The slimy moss?
These charcoals seem to be there for years, they are coated with a layer of slimy moss. What should I do with it?
The nubbin has been stagnant too. :ranting2:/>

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/20150617_080827-1_zpsbxylcyg4.jpg?1434520550489&1434520554113&1434520587891

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 09:44 PM

BEP. Karut Green.

It's growing a spike! I just discovered it. Guess this spike comes with 2 buds, the most 3.
That's enough, and that's what a catt should do, 2-3 blooms. More than 3 is a no no.
Can't wait for the night time lemony scent. However, the gloomy days lately could blast them on me. Fingers crossed.

http://i1066.photobucket.com/albums/u403/Jim_Yung/2015-06-17_22.02.51_zpsc0vuefg9.jpg?1434549934737&1434549935919

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