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Follow up on drooping orchid

2016/8/3 11:05:16

Question
Dear Mr. Kawasaki,

I forgot to mention that I live in New Orleans. Although my orchid is indoors, it still feels pretty humid in here. I don't really know how to measure that, though.

The temperature is between 75-85 in the day time with the a/c. It doesn't blow directly on it. The coolest I can get it is about 70 at night. I've been filtering the water I give it.

The new pot is about 6 inches in diameter and the leaves go just over the edge about an inch. I'm wondering if when I repotted it, I should have made it separate plants since there are two things that look like brown stalks. There are now over 12 leaves from the original 4 or 6, and it is the tallest, longest ones that are most droopy.

I'm so sorry that this is so long, but I wanted to give you as much information about the plant as possible.

Thank you very much for any advice you can give.

Answer
Hi again Linda! (grin)

Sorry I didn't see this note before answering your first request.

Living in New Orleans (hope you're doing well after Hurricane Katrina), humidity is probably not a problem and I wouldn't worry about it.

Paphs prefer temperatures that are a little cooler than 85F, 75F is more to their liking. They also like nights to be closer to 60F than 70F but that is not a big concern until the fall when paphs would really enjoy cooler nights, say down in the 60F's or slightly lower.

Filtering the water could help a little but unless you have a reverse osmosis filtering system, it probably is not removing enough of the salts in the water.

If the leaves just barely go beyond the edge of the pot, the pot is definitely too large. If you do not have the old pot around any more, look for one that is either 3 inches or 4 inches to repot it into.

Thanks for the additional information, it really helped!

Jim Kawasaki
San Jose, Ca.

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