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tolumnia gone wild

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by jai, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. jai

    jai Orchid addict

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    Is it a good thing that my tolumnia has dropped three leaves and has sprouted five fans?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How do the new fans look (healthy and strong or wimpy)? Are there new roots associated with the new fans?
    A photo would really help in answering the question, even a phone photo.
    Is this the Tolumnia sylvestris?
     
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    No new roots just fans(one from base and four from old fans) and yes it is the tolumnia sylvestris. IMG_20151016_082457.JPG
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Jai, it looks like it has lots of good roots. As long as it doesn't loose more leaves it is probably OK. A few things to consider, though... It likes to dry out between waterings. Also, in the middle of the plant is a brown bump that you need to make sure isn't a scale insect. From the photo it sure looks like one.
     
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    I let it go bone dry between waterings, the bump is part of a leaf that fell off. The couple leaves that fell of were replaced with a fan and a green bump(not sure if a root or spike it is in the center). Looks happy though.
     
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    There is a difference between letting it go bone dry and letting it dry quickly. These like to dry quickly and then stay dry for a while.
     
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    Mine dry with in a 2-3 hours of being watered, then I let stay dry the whole day and water the same time the next day.
     
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    I have no moss on mine and they hang out away from the mount. They are dry for 3-4 days before being watered again. In really warm weather they may get a light misting in between the watering. If yours are doing well, there is no reason to change.
     
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    My other tolumnias are not acting like this I wonder why this one is, it shall be a mystery.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Jai, another thought. If the leaves are against the moss they may have rotted. You might be better removing the moss behind the leaves so there is no contact.

    Also, I checked my plant and I typically get 2 new fans from one. Nowhere on my plant could I find more than 3 new emerging from one fan. So, the 5 fans you have could mean 1) it's very happy; 2) it's stressed and this is an attempt to survive; 3) perhaps a response from just being a single fan. I hope it is #1 or 3. Good luck.
     
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    thanks kellyw, I hope it is
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Jai, this is typical of how mine grows.

    Tol sylvestris close-900.jpg
     
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    Do you think I should remount without moss?
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    In the end you need to decide what to do with your plants, people can only make suggestions here. I think that question has already been answered twice in this post.
     
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    You can do that, it means watering more than once a day.
    I secure mine into woodbaskets in their original pots. Their roots typically stay close to the plant.
    This plant is barely attached and it has been in that basket for three years.
     
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    Hello this was a while ago I since I remounted this on lava rock and water daily.
     
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