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Steve Hinkson sphinkson at worldnet.att.net
Thu Sep 16 00:10:24 EST 1999

Well, Hi again Elaine:

I think your troubles in GA are due to your humidity, actually.  The plants are
usually sold in a rather heavy mix, because they're top heavy, and because the
grower doesn't want them returned by the retailer because they fell out of the
pot.  The plants, though, are surface rooters, and are not tolerant of "close"
soil, such as you get in a heavy mix, well watered, and in a humid environment.
I'd be willing to bet you that if you bought a brand new one, gently washed the
heavy soil off the roots, and planted it in a shallow pot in a terrestrial
orchid mix, your troubles would end.

e.t. wrote:

> How do you keep one of these things alive?  I have had them in dish gardens,
> individual pots, in high light, in low light, direct light, indirect light,
> well watered, dried out in between.  Within a week, it starts drooping,
> turning yellow, and then dies away, no matter what kind of care it got.  I'd
> stopped buying them because it seemed useless.  Then, a friend at work got
> one as a gift.  Sure enough...well, I'm beginning to wonder if there's a
> jinx present here!
> This has become an enigma now.  Does anyone have a diff success story that I
> can try?  All the books, etc. have failed me.  I need to hear from a person
> with a success story that I could try out!  Thanks...

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