5 Natural Orchid responses that are mistaken for other problems

Today we take a look at a few examples in which orchids respond in a way, sometimes a way that surprise us and we are tempted to think there is something very wrong!
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In everything I do I like to look at things as percentages, rather than numbers and pieces of a puzzle, rather than isolated things. Correlation doesn’t imply causation sometimes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Correlation_does_not_imply_causation

1. Upsetting outcome after repotting

Everyone repots orchids and most of us manage to still have success with orchids, so maybe the problem is not the repotting, but the way it was done, or the orchid itself.

About transplant shock https://youtu.be/dEjcJiluF6w

Phalaenopsis roots dying after repot https://youtu.be/Go38xxpwGgY

Removing moss without excessive root damage https://youtu.be/iAnx1bLltBc

Bark removal is actually easier when the roots are properly soaked in water beforehand!

2. Phalaenopsis Orchid doesn’t rebloom aftecuttingnf the flower spike

Phalaenopsis spikes can be cut in a few different ways, depending on the outcome you are looking for https://youtu.be/Umv-SWrFijU

Reblooming Phalaenopsis is pretty easy if you know the trick! https://youtu.be/JjmLqotjj40

3. Sphagnum moss should never be used with orchids

Sphagnum moss is the most amazing medium I have ever used.. once I learned how to use it https://youtu.be/RcCqd3FEWpA

Orchids not appreciating having their roots smothered due to improper technique with moss is a very normal response, but it’s not the fault of the medium.

4. Falling leaves are something to act on

Stem rot is one of the worst orchid ailments https://youtu.be/GWakMdlTpIo but it doesn’t mean that everytime a leaf falls.. an orchid gets her stem rot :)) Orchids lose old structures on a regular basis, for regeneration purposes. But they can also lose older leaves if they are under stress and want to lose some extra baggage.

Initial Phalaenopsis video https://youtu.be/cWFyQzJbGDg

5. Spots of any kind are bad and light, or red colors mean you need to use more and different fertilizers

Some orchids have natural pigmentation which can look like spots, stripes or hues of colors. Here are some beautiful leaves https://youtu.be/yS0kOsYZE0w

Anthocyanin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthocyanin is a natural red or purple pigment, which has many roles. One of them is to protect structures from direct sunlight https://youtu.be/cBt5-9x8_7k

More on Ascocentrum and remarks about its pigmentation here http://www.aos.org/orchids/orchids-a-to-z/letter-a/ascocentrum.aspx

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Subtropical climate, hot summers and mild winters
60-90% humidity, always breezy
Growth space is kept at min 17C and max 29C
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Media:
LECA – Pokon or IKEA
Various organic mixes from rePotme http://bit.ly/2Dmu9mW
Sphagnum Moss – Spagmoss from Besgrow http://bit.ly/2LSZjEx or http://bit.ly/2WOF1D7

Fertilizer and supplements:
MSU Orchid fertilizer for osmosis / rain water http://bit.ly/2LS2bSg
Orchid Focus Bloom (when I need something low in N)

Pots, containers, baskets:
DIY self watering pots and masks from local flower shops
Lechuza self watering pots https://amzn.to/2wIUWq2
Wooden Vanda baskets http://bit.ly/2NfIlWI
Slotted pots from rePotme http://bit.ly/2Ds488b

Lighting:
LED shop panels from Leroy Merlin, 4000k
Tertial lamps from IKEA + 4000k LED bulbs (various brands)
Orvibo WiFi Smart Plugs https://amzn.to/2MLSR7T

Shelf units:
Shirley’s Simple Shelving http://bit.ly/2qAcS1r
Lerberg and Mulig from IKEA
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