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#1 User is offline   Hum 

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 06:10 PM

Hi, I am newbie to orchid & I have an issue here. My mini orchid leaves seem to have a problem. I run the orchid under the tap for a couple seconds every couple days. The plant is placed in the windy environment with partial morning sunlight. The rest of my mini orchids seem to be ok except for this particular
one. Kindly advise. Thank you.


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 07:07 PM

Is this plant belonging to the Sophronitis type of orchids ? What is the flower colour ? What is the original potting medium ?
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:01 PM

it is also suffering from mite attack. Where did you buy the plant?
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:03 PM

I don't know, I bought this mini orchid in Taiwan. There wasn't any flower when I bought it in July this year. It was planted in a tiny pot and I removed the gravel & packed it in a box.

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:07 PM

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:10 PM

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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:12 PM

the environment is too dry. Put it in a less windy place. Try to water at night.
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 08:36 PM

I have now placed it in a less windy place. Do I run it under the tap every 4 days? Am I overwatering it? Thanks.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 08:04 AM

some of the roots look rotted already. It is possible you might need more light on the plant. Let start with partial shade light condition for at least 4.5 hours.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 08:57 AM

View PostHum, on 18 September 2015 - 08:36 PM, said:

I have now placed it in a less windy place. Do I run it under the tap every 4 days? Am I overwatering it? Thanks.


I think you have removed the gravel and repotted in charcoal? My guess is that when you first got the plant you overwatered it till the roots rotted? Then you got worried and repotted it in charchoal and reduced the watering to once in four days?

If it is now potted in charcoal, it is difficult to overwater it, especially since it is in such a small clay pot. If it were me, I would water it night, every night. This is to give it more HUMIDITY. If you grow in nursery conditions where there is a wet ground, the humidity is usually sufficient. But if you grow it in an apartment where it is windy, the dry air will eventually be too dry for the plant. This is evidenced by the spider mite infestation. If I were you, I would take a small plastic bowl without the cover, poke holes in the bottom, and put the pot inside the bowl. You can put some more charcoal around the pot. When you water, water both the orchid and the charcoal around it. This will keep the humidity a little better. Use your imagination and creativity, and find what works for you.
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Posted 19 September 2015 - 10:01 AM

If it is Sophronitis, these plants are seen growing in sphagnum moss in very small pots. It needs humidity. I've not grown it before. It can also be mounted onto wood with sphagnum moss. Growing orchids using sphagnum moss is unpredictable, sometimes they flourish, sometime they rot away.Sphagnum moss is said to have antiseptic properties. Other factors may be light levels and air circulation.
If grown on charcoal, it may need to be watered everyday. I usually water in the morning.It needs some light. The dead roots may need to be trimmed off. When you want to fertilize it, water the plant first, before spraying fertilizer in solution on the plant. I use Gaviota 63 and sometimes seaweed extract. like weakly once per week. See if any roots or new shoot forming.

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Posted 19 September 2015 - 04:03 PM

Thank you all for your valuable time & advise. Appreciated. Will work on it immediately.

Steven
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