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Thread: Trucatas new leaf smaller than the old ones?

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    Hmmm......I have never let my Truncata get too wet now that you mention it but I have let it sit in about 3 inches of water wih no ill effects and it sat in that much water for about 1/2 of a month cause our house was really dry and hot but it simply didn't hurt it at all. So I wouldn'y worry about overwatering on Truncata. But if yours in the terrarium could have a case of root rot. Just a guess though. Terrariums hold ALOT of moisture as I learned! All my sundews were under 2 uinches of water one morning as the Ultrasonic humidifier over loaded during the night!

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    Then that's it then, I'll bet I've rotted the roots! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] As I said, it's never dry (usually well past moist) and it came from domestically grown seed from Orchids Ltd, it only went from the greenhouse (40 mins away) to my terrarium and had done fine for 6 month or so putting up bigger and better leafs & pitchers . I've pushed the LFS around the stalk down a bit and it's dark brown colored but it's not soft. If it is overwet (as I've been suspecting most of my potting medum in my terrariums is) here is a course of action I thought about:

    Carefully unpot the plants (like you do Tony leaving the root ball alone - to minimize the shock) and repot them in a more open less water retianing medium (i,e more orchid bark than I normally use maybe twice as much) along with less LFS and then repot into those wicker orchid baskets which would allow the pots to not stay as wet but just moist (due to the terrariums humidity retention).

    So whadda ya'll think? Is anyone growing their Neps in an orchid basket in their terrarium?

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    Sounds good. The Orchid Bark will help keep the mix open and it will also dry out the mix evenly and faster. SOunds goo and no your stem isn't rotted if it is firm and brownish to chocolate colored. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Cool, maybe there's hope yet! I've just never seen my plants do that before (make leaves noticeably smaller than the ones before it) so I wasn't sure if a chocolate colored stem (under the substrate) was normal or not.

    groovy! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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