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I have a Rhynchostylis gigantea that has lost it's growing point and is now
dropping leaves. Does anyone know how, or have some ideas, to get it to
start a branch or new growth on the stem?

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I have only managed to save a phal by scrubbing to firm hard tissue (IIRC
with a toothbrush) then pouring peroxide (straight from the bottle from the
drugstore) into the crown of the plant, if you have good roots the plant
should pup from the side. I know people who have cut down until they do not
see any discoloration in the central stalk, then peroxide, and keep fingers
crossed hoping for side branches. You could find out about plant hormones
like keiki paste that encourage side growths from the axial nodes. But if
the source of the infection hasn't been killed then bacteria (or whatever)
will spread through the system and kill your plant. IMHO if the infection
has been stopped then the otherwise healthy but decapitated plant has no
choice but to pup from the side.

K Barrett
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I have a Rhynchostylis gigantea that has lost it's growing point and is now
dropping leaves. Does anyone know how, or have some ideas, to get it to
start a branch or new growth on the stem?

Bob



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Great ideas. I will start cutting/scrubbing this morning.
Thanks,

Bob
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I have only managed to save a phal by scrubbing to firm hard tissue (IIRC
with a toothbrush) then pouring peroxide (straight from the bottle from the
drugstore) into the crown of the plant, if you have good roots the plant
should pup from the side. I know people who have cut down until they do
not see any discoloration in the central stalk, then peroxide, and keep
fingers crossed hoping for side branches. You could find out about plant
hormones like keiki paste that encourage side growths from the axial nodes.
But if the source of the infection hasn't been killed then bacteria (or
whatever) will spread through the system and kill your plant. IMHO if the
infection has been stopped then the otherwise healthy but decapitated plant
has no choice but to pup from the side.

K Barrett
"Bob Walsh" wrote in message
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I have a Rhynchostylis gigantea that has lost it's growing point and is
now dropping leaves. Does anyone know how, or have some ideas, to get it
to start a branch or new growth on the stem?

Bob





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Also keep the crown/treated area dryer, so if you usually place this under
the misters or in another automated water stream you may want to move it so
water doesnt' ruin all you hard work.

K

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Great ideas. I will start cutting/scrubbing this morning.
Thanks,

Bob
"K Barrett" wrote in message
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I have only managed to save a phal by scrubbing to firm hard tissue (IIRC
with a toothbrush) then pouring peroxide (straight from the bottle from
the drugstore) into the crown of the plant, if you have good roots the
plant should pup from the side. I know people who have cut down until
they do not see any discoloration in the central stalk, then peroxide, and
keep fingers crossed hoping for side branches. You could find out about
plant hormones like keiki paste that encourage side growths from the axial
nodes. But if the source of the infection hasn't been killed then bacteria
(or whatever) will spread through the system and kill your plant. IMHO if
the infection has been stopped then the otherwise healthy but decapitated
plant has no choice but to pup from the side.

K Barrett
"Bob Walsh" wrote in message
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I have a Rhynchostylis gigantea that has lost it's growing point and is
now dropping leaves. Does anyone know how, or have some ideas, to get it
to start a branch or new growth on the stem?

Bob









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