Damaged roots


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Abgeschickt von Kate Christensen am 07 Dezember, 2009 um 23:36:28

Hi, Does anyone know what the best way to try to save a Cypripedium with damaged roots? I just started really getting into Cypripediums about a year ago and already have a pretty big collection (mostly hybrids). I read about people getting ones with a damaged root system and then having it die a year or two later from the injuries. I got an order back in Oct. and planted it right away but did notice that there must have been a delay in shipping because many of the root tips had dried a bit on one of my favorite ones (a near blooming size Cyp. 'Sabine Pastel'). I think the roots only grow from the base and so a damged tip will result in a dead root. I think phosphate is what increases root growth. Should I use a fertilizer next growing season with a higher amt of that (I would still only mix it to 1/4 strength). If it flowers this year, should I cut the flower bud off as soon as I see it so the plant can focus more of its energy to roots?
Thanks



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