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Old 11-11-2012, 05:42 PM
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I just can't win - pbulbs and canes

Most people have problems with providing enough light. I will be the first to admit that I am really bad at watering, sometimes not watering for a month. I have a nice SW facing window so light is never an issue.

I do really well with Phals, which seems counter intuitive because they don't store water. I also have some plants with canes, and I've completely given up on all pbulbs.

Anyway I have some mini catts and a hard cane den where the new growths this year are fine, but the old ones are shriveled. I've tried soaking them for up to a day to help and while it does a little bit, it's still pretty bad. It's not just on old leafless canes, like on my den, but sometimes on all except the new ones like my ctna. why not 'because'.

All things considered the plants area fine, they grow new canes/shoots and lots of roots, but are slllllow.

So I guess my question is - should I really be that concerned?
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:15 PM
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Most people have problems with providing enough light. I will be the first to admit that I am really bad at watering, sometimes not watering for a month. I have a nice SW facing window so light is never an issue.

I do really well with Phals, which seems counter intuitive because they don't store water. I also have some plants with canes, and I've completely given up on all pbulbs.

Anyway I have some mini catts and a hard cane den where the new growths this year are fine, but the old ones are shriveled. I've tried soaking them for up to a day to help and while it does a little bit, it's still pretty bad. It's not just on old leafless canes, like on my den, but sometimes on all except the new ones like my ctna. why not 'because'.

All things considered the plants area fine, they grow new canes/shoots and lots of roots, but are slllllow.

So I guess my question is - should I really be that concerned?
Remember the pbulbs purpose is store water and nutrients for new growths and reserve backup when no water is available. This is common on dens and catts. It just means the old pbulbs are being depleted by new growths and old age. As long as the pbulb is firm and green leave it alone.

Yes, the new growths are slow but it's well worth the wait

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:21 PM
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Contrary to popular belief, Phals DO store SOME water in their leaves. Clearly not as much water as a pbulb would store, but still some.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:37 PM
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This sounds like the opposite of the problem that many others have; they water too much, you water too little.

Something I've suggested before to over-waterers is to put a marker on the plant that says "Saturday", or whatever is the day during the week that you are most likely to have time/be able to water. With over-waterers, the idea is to resist the urge to water too much by only watering on the designated day. For you, the idea is the opposite. If it is easier to remember to water if the reminder is somewhere else (on your car keys, maybe), then mark that. The idea is, do something to remind yourself to get watering done once a week.

After watering becomes a habit, you can adjust to accommodate your plant's rest periods, etc.

If your plant has healthier old growths, it is more likely to have the energy reserves to help it bloom the next time.
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Mojave, I can't remember anything to save my life. By trade, I'm an executive administrative assistant and people think I'm insanely organized . . . but I have a secret. It's called "calendar with alerts and irritating reminders"! It's right in front of me on my PC. Just set a task for every week on Saturday (or whatever day you water) and DON'T DELETE IT until you do it. It will aggravate you to see the reminder still there at the end of the day on, say, Monday and you . . . will . . . do it. Just a suggestion!
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Mojave, I can't remember anything to save my life. By trade, I'm an executive administrative assistant and people think I'm insanely organized . . . but I have a secret. It's called "calendar with alerts and irritating reminders"! It's right in front of me on my PC. Just set a task for every week on Saturday (or whatever day you water) and DON'T DELETE IT until you do it. It will aggravate you to see the reminder still there at the end of the day on, say, Monday and you . . . will . . . do it. Just a suggestion!
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It's funny you say that, part of my job is project management lol - I am so organized at work, at home I'm a mess!
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i agree with the calendar reminders thing. i do this with my plants. i separate mine out into several days, doing a particular section each day. with the calendar reminders staring me in the face, i know which section needs to be done, and also makes sure i GET it done....if i don't, i have two sections (which = more time needed to do the task) to get done the next day...it'll snowball.

it's hard to ignore those warnings. i say do it!
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