Viewing post #908472 by AlohaHoya
|Hmmmmm. You write a good description of the problems.
#1 - EA plants are in a medium full of 'water crystals'...little things that absorb and hold moisture so the plants won't die in the big box stores when the help doesn't water. EA plants are fine growing indoors or in places like Arizona...not where there is a lot of moisture. I cannot grow any EA plant for that reason...
#2 - H. polyneura likes to dry out between waterings (another reason I cannot grow it).
#3 - The constant moisture/water literally chokes the roots...and then they rot.
You could approach this both ways:
1. Take the entire root ball and plant and cut away EVERYthing that is not alive....EVERYTHING. Rinse whatever you have left in water with a bit of cinnamon in it (it's anti fungal and doesn't hurt the roots). If you have some live material from the plant, cut off half of it and re-start them in a very lose mix...maybe just perlite...and see if you can't re-root them.
2. Take the remaining roots and replant them in a lose mix of orchid bark (or any other really lose medium....something air gets through) and perlite and put it in a shady spot that gets good air circulation and indirect bright light.
This is what I would do... Sorry to hear you had to go to hospital... sure hope you are feeling better now. Part of the MS?
Do you know how to tell if the roots are fresh and not rotted? I use 2 ways:
1. With clippers I start clipping root away until I get to a section where there is some 'milk' that comes out (dip your clippers in alchohol after each cut so you don't pass the rot to healthy spots)...
2. Between my thumb and a finger, I roll the root rather hard to see if the cuticle (skin) of the root comes off. If it doesn, it is rotten.
Good luck. Let me know how it works out and if I can help in any other way....
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