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Old 10-05-2018, 01:33 PM
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When transition to SH does not go smoothly
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In general, all my transitions to SH have gone really well. So well that I just kept moving more and more orchids to SH.

I do have 2 that appear to be dying. I'll post pictures later. One is a phrag, which was healthy. After moving to SH, leaves started turning black (from the bottom) and falling off. This seemed to have slowed down briefly, but has started again. There aren't many leaves left!

Then I have a paph with similar issues.

My question is, what steps, if any, can I take to save these plants? I knew going in that I would lose a few, so I can deal with that, but before I seal their fate, I'm curious if there is something I should be doing. Drier reservoir? More frequent flushing? Somehow treat what looks to be rot?

I used Innocuor and KelpMax for the initiation transition, and have used monthly since then. They get flushed with RO or distilled water with fertilizer 2x week.
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When transition to SH does not go smoothly

Hmmm... I find that both paphs and phrags take very well to conversion to semi-hydroponics.

Could it be that they are planted too deeply?
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My slight experience is in agreement with Ray: slippers generally transition quite well. I don't quite know what you mean by drier reservoir - the reservoir should never dry out completely.

Depending on your ambient humidity, both Phrag and Paph might not be getting enough water. The water in the reservoir might not wick up far enough to supply the roots adequately. You can compensate by watering more frequently - every day is fine.
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