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Old 04-17-2020, 09:48 PM
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Hey all,

I picked up a little elephant at the St Paul Winter Carnival orchid show in January and it's been in a holding pattern every since.

It was in sphag but doing research it looked like bark or mounting would be better. Much easier to pot in bark in my climate so I moved it to that. The root system was pretty bad, only 1 long mostly alive root when I re-potted. It lost 3 leaves that had shown brown tips or slight yellowing.

Seems to have leveled off, no leaf loss but no real growth as far as I can see. The crown seems to be full of a sticky substance that is holding it together, I'm afraid it's inhibiting new growth.

I keep it in a temp controlled grow space, 72 or so with very high humidity under lights. Water every 2-3 days when pot is mostly dry. Use Klite and Kelpmax for supplementation.
Wondering if there's anything else I can try to give this a jump start or is it only active in certain seasons and we're not there yet? I really want to give it the best chance to thrive so any suggestions welcomed! Thanks!

Pic is from just after re-pot, lost the 3 lowest leaves shortly after. Looks the same otherwise.
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Not sure if you are already doing this but, if not, make certain that it has a steady source of Calcium. These come from breezy Madagascar and so they can be prone to fungus issues and extra Calcium really helps.
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Old 04-18-2020, 11:47 AM
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Thanks for the recommendation, I am not doing this so
I will look into adding a source of calcium. I've seen small shells which I'd guess is a good way to do it but not sure where to get something like that locally. I'll have to dig into it!
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Not sure if you are already doing this but, if not, make certain that it has a steady source of Calcium. These come from breezy Madagascar and so they can be prone to fungus issues and extra Calcium really helps.
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Angraecums in general are notorious for disliking their roots being disturbed. They can sulk for extended periods of time depending on the circumstances. A poor root system may not help in your situation. The best advice is probably to treat it well and hope for the best.


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As an update to this, I've been doing as Susan suggested and treating it well. It is currently working on sending out a new root through the bottom leaf. It looks like quite the struggle but it's pretty close to breaking through! Hoping to get some good summer growth.
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