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Old 12-18-2008, 09:24 PM
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Need help w/care and ID

I just bought this orchid yesterday. It didn't cost much since the lady I bought it from said it had a much longer spike, but she broke it off!! After getting it home I found that it only has 2 tiny roots. One does have a green tip. The psudobulbs are very shriveled. It's potted in lava rock. I would like to change that to bark mix. I'm more familiar w/it and my other orchids seem to do well w/it. Is that a good medium for this plant? Do I need to do anything special about the lack of roots? Also, the only thing she had written on the tag was maroon/yellow oncidium. I found a pic in my orchid book w/a flower that looks identical. It says Colm. Wildcat. Any suggestions on care and help w/ID would be greatly appreciated!!! I love the blooms and want this little plant to thrive!!



The root on the other side looks a little better than this one.


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Old 12-18-2008, 09:36 PM
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I dunno what it is but I had a plant that had no root much like this and I put it in a clear pot with very loosely packed sphagnum and noit kept the psudobulbs from drying up and now it's spiking.
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I agree with kid_a, moist sphagnum would be my approach to saving this plant.
I think you made a good call with Colm. Wild Cat. it looks like it might be 'Ocelot'.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:25 PM
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My plant that that haooened to just simply wasn't getting enough water all the roots dried out on it. Jenny had one from the same division as mine and hers croaked ;( It needs moisture but not enough to rot it. I kept a close eye on it not to rot it having the spahg loosley packed with some air pockets helped a bunch! Those are beautiful flowers! ANd now that FLBob mentions it it does remind me of Colm. Wild Cat 'Ocelot'!
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After looking at a lot of pics on the web I think I agree!
Colm Wild Cat 'Ocelot'
Now if I can just get it to grow some roots!! From what I researched on the web it should be a fairly easy orchid to take care of!! We'll see.....
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Old 12-18-2008, 11:24 PM
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My experience is that colm wild cats grow like weeds. Get a few roots goin' and you'll be "off to the races"! Good luck.
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TLC and some luck.
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Cut the spike off then pot it in sphagnum & maybe it will come back.
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Wow...Not much plant there for having a spike! I would also sacrifice the blooms in order to let this baby focus its efforts on new root and foliage growth. You can do it!!
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:19 PM
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Update!!

I wrapped this in sphagnum and kept it moist.
I have new roots and now a new growth!
I guess it's doing ok after all!!
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Great Growing!!!!!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:53 AM
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Update

I got curious today about the roots on this plant so I pulled it out to have a look!! Hopefully, I didn't stress it since it is in the middle of growing! I also wanted to get the spaghnum out so I wouldn't have to worry about it staying too moist now! I moved it to a window sill that should get more light. Maybe it will even bloom for me.....
(only 1 updated pic since my camara batteries died after taking this one!!)

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I think the roots look good! And the way the bulbs have plumped back up and the way the new shoot is growing. I think you're doing quite well with it.
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