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    Unhappy Help recover a stressed macrophylla

    Hi guys,

    I figured I make a new thread on this issue that I am facing.

    In january..I went away on a vacation for 7 days. I had made arrangements for watering and misting them, but unfortunately, they failed. By the time my parents managed to visit my apartment after 5 days of the 7, the fans inside the enclousure had completely dried up the moss...all of the live green moss was white and dead. Many...if not all neps were showing signs of withering. My macrophylla, villosa had brown dry leaves showing symptoms of cold dry conditions. I even lost a beautiful BE argentii. I decided I might as well try coffee and supplement any missing nutrients. However, it didn't seem to make much of a difference. The plants still took nearly 3-4 months to recover and start growing. heck...The macrophylla was in probably the worst shape an close to death.

    Dave Evans has been very helpful and is helping me to bring this expensive plant back to good condition. He did suggest that I should have used superthrive instead of that coffee and that the coffee might have contributed to bacterial and fungal growth rather than benefit a stressed plant.

    Do u guys think I should get superthrive and help this plant along?

    Here is a full record of the plant.

    Upon arrival: may 09 26



    End of august 09



    October 09



    December 09 end of year



    January 10 (after cuba trip...jan 1 - jan 8):



    end of jan 10



    feb10



    march 10



    april 10



    In the past few weeks the weather has changed and there are spikes of warm/hot weather with occassions of 90F or few days of 85F. Nights then have been min 69F. This is in contrast to the sept 09 - Mar 10 being high 75F max, low 55F. As a result...the plant hasn't twitched since april. It looks exactly like that april picture even today.

    I would appreciate any help that you guys can offer. There are a lot of experts here. You must have had some similar issues in your decades of experience with these plants. I am looking forward to getting this plant back on try.

    thanks,

    varun

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    Superthrive, in my experience, has only been helpful, when transplanting -- to avoid shock; and I know of few growers who use it on a regular -- watering -- basis . . .
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    So what is your suggestion BigB? I guess just grow it as before?

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    i say to keep on growing it like you were cause i see a diffrence looks healthy on April

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    Dang! Shouldn't have gone to Cuba!

    I think you'll be fine if you continue to grow it way you were. Mine is still going -- just keep the conditions stable w/ nighttime temp drops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vraev View Post
    So what is your suggestion BigB? I guess just grow it as before?

    The plant looks like it's recovering -- so far as I can see; and I would not add anything "unusual" to its environment (fertilizer, coffee, etc.), until you see some new growth.

    Keep it well-watered, smoke your Cohibas, and treat the little bugger like a highlander . . .
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    lol! seriously...Cuba was the first vacation I had taken for any number of days in the last 3-5 y. The previous one was a 3 day trip to US. But thats about it. ANd this experience has made me very skeptical. I guess I just got to make sure I am better prepared and planned for the next time I want to go somewhere.

    but thanks guys...I am looking forward to the day when this guy recovers compeltely. I know that is quite a few months away though. Gotta be realistic considering its current pace.

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    The one fortunate thing about N. macrophylla, N. villosa, and a few others is that, while they are all slow to grow, they are also terribly slow to die -- and you have to be particularly inspired to kill them.


    ¡Viva la Revolucion!
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