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Old 11-12-2019, 10:24 AM
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It was a mass of wet pressed decaying sphagnum put there to make the plant fit in a slightly bigger pot. They treat their plants like that and then sell them to us at 30 euro each. Good deal.

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Yes, they put pressed wet sphagnum to make the plant fit in a slightly bigger top. They managed to destroy the entire rootsystem of a large plant... Really do not understand this kind of orchid sellers.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:16 PM
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Thanks tango for confirming the spaghnum. When growers do that - the experienced nursery growers know more or less the amount of water to add, and when to add it. The plants can (and do) thrive when the grower does their own appropriate things (with their experience).

But when the plant (grown in spaghnum) gets transferred to other growers - such as the people that sold it to you, then it's possible that they don't follow the same schedule and method that had been working well.

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I got a couple like this back in March (also in moss). An overnight soak in a kelp based rooting stimulant seemed effective in jump starting root growth in both of mine.
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I got a couple like this back in March (also in moss). An overnight soak in a kelp based rooting stimulant seemed effective in jump starting root growth in both of mine.
Did these plants stay in the moss? Or a repot into a different media?
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"The plant" is not the only factor that determines the medium used. The potting medium, the pot, and how well they work with your growing environment and watering technique and habits to meet the needs of the plant are what matters more.

What works for one grower with a specific plant may not work at all for another grower.

What works for one plant for a specific grower may not work for a different plant for the same grower.
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Did these plants stay in the moss? Or a repot into a different media?
No, I did an immediate repot into bark, but the roots were already dead.

I purchased them from different international sellers at a show in March and I think there are some regulations that plants can’t be imported into California in soil but moss is okay. The price was right and I strongly suspected they’d have root issues since I hadn’t seen anyone pushing moss as a Cattleya substrate.

One of the plants made a complete recovery, the other is still struggling but I expect it to ultimately survive.
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