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Something eating roots

Hi guys,

I have never experienced my roots getting eaten but in the last few days it's happened to two of my larger plants.

A large Cattleya Lavender Ice and a Laelia Moronii x anceps have both had their new spring root tips eaten off.

What sort of creatures do this and what can I do to prevent it further? Could I lose the plant or have they just been set backwards for a year?

I haven't come across this before, even though the roots are above the mix normally nothing touches them.

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Could be Earwigs, I have had issues with those little buggers in the past.

They like vegetation, alive or dead.
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So how does it affect the plant?
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Think about it, no roots, poor quality plant.

Usually starts from the leaf tips, and the pseudo bulbs start to lose condition too from my experience.

I found out by tipping the bark out into a bowl, and there they were, hundreds of the little buggers. At the time we were experiencing a plague of them.

Since changing over to Orchiata Bark there hasn't been an issue because the bark doesn't break down as quickly as the local bark did, as it tends to dry out between waterings.
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Ah ok thanks Anton, I only recently repotted when it happened but didn't use Orchiata for these plants.

So it was freshly potted with new bark. But will have a look, I don't want to disturb the plant again too soon.
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Cockroaches and snails sometimes damage the roots too. Try your control method of choice for insects and molluscs.

Once the pest situation has been addressed, if the tips are gone but something is left of the new roots, you might try a root stimulant (kelp, KLN, or similar) to see if you can get some root branches going.
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Cockroaches and snails sometimes damage the roots too. Try your control method of choice for insects and molluscs.

Once the pest situation has been addressed, if the tips are gone but something is left of the new roots, you might try a root stimulant (kelp, KLN, or similar) to see if you can get some root branches going.
Ah I have some kelp, will try that too.

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