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Orchid Murderer/Newbit

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Melissa Klawon, Jun 19, 2018.

Please help me save her. Medium mix from Orchid supply.com with sphagnum moss removed.

  1. Can she be saved

  2. I live in NE Ohio - can I hang outside?

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  1. Melissa Klawon

    Melissa Klawon New Member

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    HELP!!! I have a Rhy Coelestis "Ching Hua Blue" - my first orchid purchase from a grower a month ago. I am killing her!! Please help!

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  2. naoki

    naoki Well-Known Member

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    Fairbanks, Alaska
    Welcome and what's wrong with the plant, Melissa? It looks ok to me (I wouldn't pot it so deep, though).

    According to the tag, it is not a pure species. It says Neostylis Lou Sneary. It is the name of this intergeneric hybrid. In the parenthesis, it is showing the parents; mom was Rhynchostylis coelestis 'Ching Hua Blue', dad was Vanda (Neofinetia) falcata Kokakuden (red flower variety).
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  3. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Aim to allow more air around the roots - and use a more open mix.
  4. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Redding, California, USA
    Melissa, welcome to the forum.

    I agree with Naoki that your plant looks fine. I also agree that you should remove about 1/2" of the medium.

    The dead leaf on the table in the first pic may be natural shedding of an old leaf or it could be due to being buried in the medium and staying too wet. The dead tips on a few of the leaves could be due to a number of causes but I wouldn't worry about it unless you see it occuring on more or newer leaves.

    As the plant grows you should get lots of air roots. This is normal and OK. Do a search on 'Neostylis Lou Sneary' and you should see some good photos of flowers and older plants. I have one and love it.

    They like bright light. You should be able to grow it outside in summer in filtered light and with daily water. Being in Ohio your humidity is probably adequate.
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  5. orcoholic

    orcoholic Member

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    Looks good to me too. If you're referring to the brown end of the leaf, I think the leaf got folded over and cracked. Otherwise it looks very well grown.

    These can be grown without any medium as long as they are frequently watered. You can grow these outside, but not in full sun. If you are going to keep it in medium, do what was recommended above.

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  6. HookedOnOrchids

    HookedOnOrchids New Member

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    It looks like some good growing green root tips there. When was it repotted last? It's best to pot orchids in the smallest pot possible according to size of roots. It may be overpotted. It looks like coconut fibre? ... which holds a lot of water, so it may be getting too much and thus a little yellowing of the leaves. How much fertilizer do you use? The tips look a little brown... do you use weak fertilizer weekly?
    Yellow leaves can also be a sign of not enough water, so depends how often you water esp with an open basket with lots of air.. ...Good Luck!
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