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Old 04-27-2019, 12:22 PM
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Is it too late? This is my first zygopetalum. I've been watering by the weight of the pot, so aside from today, it was last watered on Monday evening. Looking at how shriveled the bulbs are (even the new bulb), I'm worried I am killing it by clearly not watering enough. My Zygo is in bloom with three flowers. I flushed it thoroughly this morning, and then had it soaking in a pot of water for about 10-15 minutes. It has been along a wall which is opposite of a southeastern facing window, but now I moved it further away from that window. What can I do now? Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:27 PM
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If you're watering and the pbulbs are shrivelling then you need to repot asap.
The roots in the medium might not be doing it's function (absorbing water, hence that's why the plant is shrivelling). Have you ever repoted it?
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:34 PM
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If you're watering and the pbulbs are shrivelling then you need to repot asap.
The roots in the medium might not be doing it's function (absorbing water, hence that's why the plant is shrivelling). Have you ever repoted it?
I have not. I recently got this from the nursery about a month ago. I'm pretty sure the bulbs didn't look like that when I bought it. When I asked about repotting, the lady at the orchid nursery said maybe not until after the blooms. So given I'm a newbie to Zygos, I just believed her.
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Old 04-27-2019, 12:53 PM
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Yes, usually the repot is done after blooming but if the plant is at risk better forget the blooms.
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Old 04-27-2019, 01:14 PM
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Roots seem ok.. the roots of the new bulbs were rotted though so I removed the outer layer. I repotted into small bark and a bit of moss mix.
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Have you repotted between posts?
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Have you repotted between posts?
Yes! Haha! I'm away now for the day so I had to do it before I left. I'm trying to figure it how to post a picture of the roots from my phone.
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Iíve found that these do not like to go completely dry but donít want to be soggy either. You may want to up your watering frequency (water while the pot still has a bit of weight) if you think it was drying completely between waterings.

Iím not sure what your living situation is like, but your climate is pretty similar to mine. My Zygopetalum are very happy growing outside in bright shade.

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Iíve found that these do not like to go completely dry but donít want to be soggy either. You may want to up your watering frequency (water while the pot still has a bit of weight) if you think it was drying completely between waterings.

Iím not sure what your living situation is like, but your climate is pretty similar to mine. My Zygopetalum are very happy growing outside in bright shade.
Thanks Aliceinwl! Right now we've been having weather in the high 70s and low 80s, so I think it wouldn't do well there. We don't have a lot of humidity either lately. I've since repotted with a bark and a little bit of moss mixture, and will be more careful about watering every few days or so. It's hard to keep track of watering situations for every type of orchid. I need to work out a system. Any thoughts?
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It's hard to keep track of watering situations for every type of orchid. I need to work out a system. Any thoughts?
With time and practice you'll find your own system. It's just a matter of knowing by experimentation how your plants adapt to your growing conditions.
Monitoring followed by adjustments.
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