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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Brucifer, Jul 20, 2012.

Can you help me to bring this plant back?

  1. Yes, and I will send suggestions.

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  2. No, there's no hope at all!

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  1. Brucifer

    Brucifer New Member

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    Hi, I've a couple of plants, one new one that I got from Home Depot and an older one that a friend gave me. One's in rough shape. I am here to learn. I think Orchids are beautiful.
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  2. Brucifer

    Brucifer New Member

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    Not sure if anyone can help?
     
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    Brucifer New Member

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    Please?
     
  4. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    Hi there. The problem you may be having is that the moss in which your Phalænopsis is planted looks a bit dark, which makes me think that it has degraded and/or is too wet, which will rot the root system. If I were you I would repot it straight away into fresh moss or another potting medium such as orchid bark. The best moss to use is the light-coloured kind usually sold as New Zealand sphagnum moss or long-fibre(er) sphagnum moss. The crown also looks a bit too deep, when re-potting, raise the level of the plant a few cm higher above the surface of the media, so that all the leaf bases are at least 1cm above the media. If indeed the roots are rotting, it is essential to act swiftly. Once a root system is lost, it can be difficult to restore it.
     
  5. Brucifer

    Brucifer New Member

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    Thank you Jacob. Assuming I get the repotting done and the roots are ok, how to get growth and flower?

    I know absolutely NOTHING about Orchids, so please be patient with me.
     
  6. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    One step at a time, young Jedi :)

    In addition to asking questions, you will learn a lot from reading information on this and other internet orchid fora (check the archives), and on information elsewhere on the web. Also, there are some great books out there for beginning orchid growing. The most advanced orchid growers are all self-starters who reached their level of skill by doing a lot of independent research as well as asking for help.
     
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  7. Brucifer

    Brucifer New Member

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    Thanks Jacob. That makes me smile.
     
  8. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Brucifer, Jacob is a master grower (apparently Jedi master as well) and everything he told you is spot on. One thing I have to add ... the bowl is great for protecting furniture but don't let it hold any water. Water would wick up into your planting medium and keep the roots too wet, leading to rot. These Phalaenopsis roots do not want to be wet. Good luck, and may the force be with you.
     
  9. Uluwehi

    Uluwehi angraecoids, dendrobiums and more Supporting Member

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    I am humbled by your generous compliment :rolleyes: , KellyW. I have the same esteem for your skills.

    Brucifer (cool name btw), I agree with this advice too.