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Dehydrated Orchid

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Yoshi, Jan 27, 2020.

  1. Yoshi

    Yoshi New Member

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    I have an orchid with a flower spike about ready to bloom. The only problem is that the leaves look a lot like pictures I see of a dehydrated plant. Is it ok to try to rehydrate the plant while it is in bloom or should I wait. I do water it regularly but it has floppy leaves.
  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Oak Island NC
    Desiccation means the plant has been taking in less water than it is using and losing. That is either due to insufficient watering on your part, or the root system is in bad shape and unable to take up sufficient water.

    If you simply haven't been watering it, by all means give it more. If the latter is the case, and you consider the plant to be of particular value, you should probably unpot it and check, then cut off the flower spike and do what you can to revive it.