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Old 01-07-2009, 12:22 PM
HItransplant HItransplant is offline
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Root trouble with Cat. &quot;Wainae Leopard&quot;
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hello all..

I got this plant a few years ago (4 maybe) and it has followed me through 4 moves. Anyway I dont know everything about orchids now and I certainly didnt then and I think I may have mistreated it a little with too much water. It hasnt flowered in about 3 years and the leaves are very dark... so I think that it has not only been getting too much water but also not enough light.

My problem is that when I went to repot (the bark was 2 years old) I noticed that the roots were pretty rotten and after trimming there werent many roots left. I went ahead and repotted in 50% medium bark, 25% perlite, 25% moss. I also built a little single plant cellophane inclosure to keep humidity up with bi-daily misting and Ive been keeping the roots and medium dry (no watering).

My question is... Is there anything else I should be doing or should I be doing anything different. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated--I really dont want to lose this plant (we've been through so much together )

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Old 01-10-2009, 05:30 AM
cday2inflorida cday2inflorida is offline
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Root trouble with Cat. &quot;Wainae Leopard&quot; Female

If the leaves are dark, then it is certain that there is not enough light. The leaves should be a sort of chartreuse green.

Many orchids require a definite resting period when not actively growing. Overwatering will rot the roots. If the orchid is growing in the would appreciate more humidity and infrequent waterings.
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