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Oncidium & Cattleya Bulb Rot: Identification & Treatment

orchid bulb rot

If you own oncidium or cattleya orchids, you’ll find that those plump rounded growths called “pseudobulbs” at the base of the leaves and above the roots are susceptible to rot. The problem of bulb rot in sympodial orchids (e.g. oncidiums, cattleyas, dendrobiums) is similar to stem rot in monopodial orchids (e.g. Phalaenopsis).  Bulb rot usually …

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10 Plants With Unstable Variegation (And How To Keep It)

monstera albo

Plants with irregular variegated patterns on different leaves are unique and beautiful. But such variegation is unstable, and it will revert back to its all-green state.  Plants with unstable variegation are cultivars that do not have the same variegated patterns on all the leaves.  To prevent the variegation from reverting back to green, adequate lighting …

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7 Conditions When Your Compost Can (Actually) Self-Ignite

Compost bin

It’s hard to believe. But, the grass trimmings in the compost bin can actually catch fire spontaneously, and become a fire hazard to your house and neighbors. What can cause a compost pile to self-ignite? Compost piles can self-ignite when the heat generated during decomposition is trapped inside a dry, insulated, and compacted pile with …

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Do Stunted Plants & Seedlings Recover? (with Solutions)

Stunted plant growth with yellow leaf

It is frustrating when the leaves start turning yellow and the plant just stops growing for weeks. Sometimes stunted plants and seedlings recover and are off to the races after stalling for some time, and sometimes they don’t.    How can you tell when stunted plants will recover, and when they won’t? Stunted growth caused …

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Orchid Nutrient Deficiency: Symptoms & Solutions (Pictures)

Orchid nutrient deficiency

When leaves turn yellow or brown, they are often misdiagnosed as sunburn, overwatering or fungal/bacterial infection.  When bottom leaves drop, the problem is often ignored as natural shedding. While disease can be a cause, nutritional deficiency is most likely the root cause that makes a plant become more vulnerable to fungal/bacterial diseases and rotting.  Simply …

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