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An Experiment Succeeds!
I’ve had trouble growing Grammatophyllums for many years thinking (blaming) my poor luck on the weather, the ongoing emissions from our Volcano, and my lack of skill or focus. I was at an orchid society meeting with Roy Tokunaga of H&R Orchids as the speaker. I saw his awarded plant covered with so many blooms that the plant disappeared. He said his method stopped the inner bulbs from rotting, which had been my problem. Following his method, I cut off ALL the roots from the bulbs; most were bad anyway. I put the naked pseudobulb in a clean pot with rigid styrofoam chunks just to hold it in place. I put the pots back on the bench and watered with everything else. After a few months I removed the styrofoam, a piece at a time. I pulled this one out of the pot for the pix. The new beautiful roots are growing to the pots with NO medium. Now there is nothing to rot and the roots couldn’t be happier. Give it a try.
As an orchid addict, I found it difficult or impossible to throw away unhealthy plants. I’ll bet a few of you out there can relate. With much trial and error, I figured out how to bring them back to health. When I was sure the plant was virused or had bacteria, I threw it away. Bacteria has a nasty smell that’s hard to forget. Virused is more difficult, but I tried to err on the side of safety and tossed when in doubt. That left the fungus infected and just unhappy-with-me plants. Why I had so many unhappy plants would be the real issue, but in the process of it all, I learned a whole lot about Landscaping with Orchids. Below are some of the survivors.
These beauties are gracing my farm and home.
On another note, while I walked around today, I found myself wondering if I should water something. I decided that since it rains/pours every day in Central America where Peristeria elata live, giving mine more water would be just the thing. It seems best to try grow plants that come from areas with similar weather patterns to where one lives. Remember the airlines brought them from somewhere. Having lived in Central America, I remember the pouring rains almost every day in the summer. We look at books and charts for climate information but nothing teaches us more than being in a place and experiencing the weather for ourselves.
I’m sharing this letter I received last July but I never get tired of reading it… and yes, we are working on that online store!
I am Pam Castle and I just received the package of lovely Dendrobia that Jurahame selected for me. These are truly some of the very NICEST Dends that I have ever seen.
Thank you very much and thank you for the awesome packaging job! Some folks grow great orchids, only to have them ruined by bad shipping. All the blooms and spikes arrived intact! 🙂
If you ever create an online store, do let me know, as I will be happy to purchase from you again.