- Jun 9, 2006
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- Leiper's Fork, TN
You've mastered these!
Great growing Rick! Even 50:50 with this species is darn good. Are there any other buds coming? The plant looks like it could support multiple blooms. Good luck with the baby tigers!
Most of us probably aren't used to seeing molds and fungus around our plants.I'm sorry but I have to say I don't like the color of the media and the stems of this picture.
It just me probably.
I've never considered soaking in pesticides so can't make a recommendation on that Angela.I think it looks great and you can see what's going on in
there. Looks quite "natural" to me. I wish I had the nerve
to bring outside moss into my greenhouse, but bringing in
bugs with it scares me. Do you suppose a soaking with
Orthene might kill live moss?
Excellent news!I did get pollen from John M into the first flower and getting a good seed pod.
What about spraying with ASA solution? Did you try that? Removing the affected tissue, spraying it with ASA and increasing air movement, saves at least 9 out of 10 plants for me. I used to lose 9 out of 10 that got Erwinia. Also, whenever I have a plant that gets Erwinia and it's in flower, I have learned to pollinate one flower and set a capsule. Of course, I also remove the actively rotting tissue, too. Virtually 100% of the time I've done this (about 7 or 8 times), the plant has instantly and completely stopped having issues with rot and it's gone on to produce a nice, fat capsule. I leave them on for their full life and wait for them to split on their own. The act of carrying a capsule seems to have some sort of beneficial effect on a plant's ability to fight off Erwinia rot (hormones?). I have no idea what is the mechanism, I just know that I've saved some very valuable plants this way including Paph. liemianum 'Charlie', Paph. kolopakingii 'Gregory', Paph. palawanense 'Si', Paph. haynaldianum 'Sheila' AM/AOS, and numerous Phrags. I haven't lost a single plant that had Erwinia that I was able to put a capsule on. In the case of the multiflorals, I pollinate one flower and remove all the others, so that the plant doesn't spend any more energy growing and holding flowers; but, it concentrates on maturing the seed capsule and in the process, it manages to stop the rot and outgrow it.Rick said:I bought this plant (and one other that only recently died) as bitty seedlings from Sheerwood orchids in 2002. Ironically the one that ended up dying was usually the faster bigger plant and got into a slow burn erwinia that whittled it down to nothing over a 5 year span (even with basket culture and low K)