Orchids forum: Coelia bella

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 8, 2015 9:42 AM CST
This was a gift-plant from Ursula, received in May, 2015. @Ursula asked if I had any new growth. I don't know whether the plant is doing well and the brown tips on a lot of the leaves sort of worried me, but there is new growth. I think I counted 7 new leads. This was my first Coelia bella. It is growing in Cattleya media and is in a coir-lined, 12" wire basket, hanging under an oak branch. The plant gets direct sun from about 4:00 PM till dusk. Too much - too little?

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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Oct 8, 2015 11:47 AM CST

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Looks fine to me, Ken! Seven new growths means it is growing well. I always get a bit brown tips on older growths, if they bother me I just cut them off.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 8, 2015 12:07 PM CST
I did that before I took the pictures (cut off brown). Esthetics, you know. Whistling

Ursula, you may have already told me, but when does this plant normally bloom?
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Name: Ursula
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Ursula
Oct 8, 2015 12:32 PM CST

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It blooms around Christmas for me and the blooms have a distinct Marzipan note!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
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ctcarol
Oct 8, 2015 2:34 PM CST
Ken, some orchids are just prone to brown tips, especially if they don't like the water. I have one Coelogyne that looked terrible until I stopped watering it with the hose. With rain water, it's new growth is fine. On the other hand, many of the Zygos. get ugly leaves, no matter what I water them with.
Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Oct 8, 2015 3:35 PM CST
Carol, only the old leaves get the brown tips. I think many of them already had some browning back in May. All the new leads have perfect leaves. No brown whatsoever. Our water is very good here and I simply can't use rainwater with so many plants. If the browning is due to the city water.........well, I'll just keep trimming them so they look nice. Whistling
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Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Oct 8, 2015 6:32 PM CST
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shadytrake
Oct 8, 2015 7:55 PM CST
ctcarol said:Ken, some orchids are just prone to brown tips, especially if they don't like the water. I have one Coelogyne that looked terrible until I stopped watering it with the hose. With rain water, it's new growth is fine. On the other hand, many of the Zygos. get ugly leaves, no matter what I water them with.


Carol,

I get the same thing on some of mine. It definitely must be the water. I have several plants that no matter what will get the brown spot and/or leaf tip browning. It doesn't matter how many times I rotate the fungal/bacterial sprays. Now I just keep the sprays in a rotation to try to be proactive as well as reactive. I have most of it at bay. There is just no way that I can make sure not to splash water here and there. Sometimes I wish I had an RO system, but I'm sure that I would figure out a way to have problems with that too. LOL. Hilarious!
Name: Carol
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ctcarol
Oct 8, 2015 9:03 PM CST
Our water is pretty alkaline here, so I would like an RO system too, but I just don't have any place to put one. Usually my rain water is long gone by now, but we had a couple of off season rains this year so I'm good for a while. Not sure what comes off my roof is any better, but I'm always amazed how much water you can collect out of a 1/4" of rain.
Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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drdawg
Oct 9, 2015 5:26 AM CST
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