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Old 04-02-2011, 07:13 PM
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Habenaria radiatta end of season care - advice please

I've made a minor boo-boo!
Last autumn, when my White Egret orchids finished, I allowed them to dry out naturally (in the pot) in my conservatory and left it there on the side. Had to go away for ten days and leave Sue to take care of watering, but I forgot to tell her to leave them dry. So I've come back to find three shoots come through, but still in the old medium.
I'd left them in the pot as I was unsure as to what to do! So I'm asking for any advice now so as to avoid this situation happening again. When would be a good time to lift them, how small would any new tubers be, what will they look like, things like that.
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Old 04-04-2011, 07:55 PM
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I can't help except to bump this up and see if someone else has suggestions.
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:46 AM
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I can't help except to bump this up and see if someone else has suggestions.
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Is the old media broken down? If not I wouldn't worry about it and repot next year prior to dormancy breaking. That is when I repotted mine.

The tubers will be different sizes depending on their age.

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:15 AM
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Thanks Brooke - the flowering size tubers were small enough!! Best sift through it carefully then....
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:48 PM
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Don't discard your "waste" mix just in case. Pull out all the tubers you can find and pot them with fresh mix then put the old mix back in a pot and leave it for another season. If nothing comes up then you can turf it.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:10 AM
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Thanks Terra!
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:57 AM
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No worries The only issue is that it takes up twice as much space. You can imagine what my place looks like at the moment with the 70+ terrestrial species I just repotted!!
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I've been reading this thread with much interest, as I recently acquired my first terrestrial, a habenaria medusa. What are you using as a planting mix for terrestrials? Is it the same for all of them? On the advice of the vendor who sold me the tuber-with-one-leaf, I mixed some African Violet mix with perlite for added drainage. I planted it in a clay pot to allow for good drying. How does this sound to you?
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The African Violet mix is peat based and adding additional perlite will be fine. I use the coir peat with 50% perlite with all orchid terrestrials to make sure I don't get fungus gnats.

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