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So the vast majority of orchid growers will know the disappointment when a plant suffers, and potentially dies. They will also know the pleasure when a once suffering plant recovers and starts to grow again :)

This was originally mounted, was doing alright but suffered when I was unable to keep up with the care regime. I reluctantly removed it from it's mount potted it up last summer, and after time and a return to the norm it is now doing much better. Lost about 4 bulbs before the transplant, so was down to 2. It pushed up a new bulb last year, which was pleasing. It's now pushing up another growth this year and the bulbs are nice and plump. Pot may seem large, but is clay and drains well. Bark and perlite mix with stones at the bottom. Watered quite often, sometimes everyday depending, less in winter. Weakly weekly is the feeding regime in the growing months.

Only small at the moment, but may update thread with some "over time" growth photos.

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Always feels good when one recovers and starts to grow.


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Hi Michele --congrats on the recovery.

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Thank you! :D
Also just found a second new growth on my recovering Dendrochilum latifolium var latifolium this morning as well, chuffed is an understatement! Things are looking up. Would post pictures of that one too, but only have ability to transfer phone camera shots at the moment, and really need macro lens shots for the Dendrochilum growths.

Not expecting any flowers from either for a good number years, but that's really no bother to me as I like the growth habits of Orchids probably just as much as getting them to flower. Though flowers are always a bonus.

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Always feels good when one recovers and starts to grow.

Yep, certainly putting a spring in my step :dance:


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Michele V wrote:
So the vast majority of orchid growers will know the disappointment when a plant suffers, and potentially dies. They will also know the pleasure when a once suffering plant recovers and starts to grow again :)

Yes I do, well done on bringing your coelogyne back to life Nurse Michele, I always think its worth persevering with a "dead" looking plant all the while there's a bit of green there.

Just had a similar experience with a new & favourite Comparettia speciosa, I accidentally snapped its first spike off last year :evil: ......but it continued to branch from a lower node.
After flowering, the leaves went dry, wrinkled & fell off leaving just a couple of stumps.
I put it on a fresh mount, continued spraying, nothing happened for weeks, picked it up last week and whilst reading it the Last Rites and studying it, noticed the start of a fresh new green growth emerging from the back of the plant.

Dead chuffed, dead happy :D

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Thanks Steve, guess we've all been an Orchid Nurse at one stage or another :lol:
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Just had a similar experience with a new & favourite Comparettia speciosa, I accidentally snapped its first spike off last year :evil: ......but it continued to branch from a lower node.
After flowering, the leaves went dry, wrinkled & fell off leaving just a couple of stumps.
I put it on a fresh mount, continued spraying, nothing happened for weeks, picked it up last week and whilst reading it the Last Rites and studying it, noticed the start of a fresh new green growth emerging from the back of the plant.

Dead chuffed, dead happy :D

Awesome! Congratulations to you too Nurse Steve! :clap: :handgestures-thumbupleft:


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Brilliant! I've had the same exact problem with my C.cristata this winter and I'm finally getting somewhere myself hopefully. How are you keeping yours?

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Jen Penney wrote:
Brilliant! I've had the same exact problem with my C.cristata this winter and I'm finally getting somewhere myself hopefully. How are you keeping yours?

Jen

Currently it's on a West facing window with reasonably bright light. Water every 2-5 days depending on how the mix is drying out (In hot spells it may get watered daily). It's in a clay pot so it will dry a bit quicker than those in plastic pots. I Fertilize approximately once a week, 1/4 to 1/2 strength, with at least one if not two plain watering between each feed. I try to keep the mix moist but not waterlogged.
The main trick seems to be not allowing them to become too dry for too long. in winter I reduce Feed to 0 but keep the moisture levels reasonable to stop the bulbs from shriveling.
I think I can improve the care, but for now it's growing and not declining so I'm happy.

Here are a couple more shots to show current growth rate.


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Been a while but thought I would show the progress, it's come a long way. The new growth is looking quite good to me, certainly the largest growth I've had from this plant :D


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Well done Michele ---perseverance is a wonderful thing.

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