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Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Mammatam, May 21, 2014.
Hey y'all! Bought a phal at Walmart today while I was shopping for materials to make my own clear plastic orchid pots.
In the garden dept they had a bunch of really sad looking phals crammed up together. All looked just so in need of help. Price marked was $15.88. I saw one, light purple blooms, that had fewer yucked up petals and buds on the tips if the spike that looked as if it may still make more. Nice big thick leaves.
I asked the guy if they would take price down due to it's health. I got it for 8 bux!!!
It was potted in a clear pot, which was set inside a decorative pot without holes. It was getting root rot!! I pulled out the orchid pot to find at least an inch of water inside the outer pot. Using sterilized scissors, I cut off all the roots that were rotten that were sticking out of the drainage holes. I cleaned the outer pot and added some plastic beads ti keep the orchid pot from sitting on the bottom.
The medium looks like the Sphagnum moss with styrofoam peanuts in the bottom. I'm gonna leave it as is for now. See if it continues to produce buds.
We found a bug on it also. My daughter thinks might be a "trip". I've not looked online yet to see but if it is I'm hoping to save it.
I'm not letting it near my other babies till I know it's free of critters!
My daughter took some pics of the little bug.
I pulled out some of the moss in the pot. It's got some rotted roots inside the pot, but lots of green ones. Was a little white fungus I assume. One tiny little spider was seen but no other signs of bugs jumping, crawling or flying. I'm really hoping it's all good. Maybe it's a springtail?
It's in a small jello shot container for size reference. It very small, but not small enough I wouldn't see more if they were there. This one was crawling up the spike when we saw it and it didn't try to jump or fly away.
My Homemade Orchid Pots!
Think this'll do? Or should I make the holes bigger?
Those pots should work. Just make sure that they don't get plugged and start holding water.
Hmmm, good advice!
I'm quite sure it's "OK", but maybe not much more than that.
A great many orchids are notably poor at foliar uptake, as a "side effect" of their evolution strategy of retaining water. Phalaenopsis are particularly bad, due to the thick, waxy, cuticle layer on the leaves. There are other reasons, but that's the "biggie".
I agree with Marni on the quality of the MSU fertilizer, but don't agree that it is pricey. That mist product has a list price of around $8 for an 8 oz bottle. Even at the Amazon price of $6.11, that comes out to be $97.76 per gallon. I sell the MSU fertilizer (powder) for $12 for a 2 pound jar. Mixed up at the same strength as the Miracle-grow product - 200 ppm N, which is OK for feeding once every couple of weeks - that 2# jar will make up over 200 gallons of fertilizer at under $0.06/gallon. (I would recommend more-dilute, more-frequent feeding)
OK, I will certainly be doing that. Thank you
Looks like you are doing great and getting super advice...keep us posted with your progress
Will do!!! Thanks!!
Wondering if anyone's noticed the little bug pictures I posted?
I don't recognize the bug. Was there only one?
So far, that'd all I've seen, and I dug out a lot of that soaking wet moss
Nothing like that was lurking in the medium, I blew into the few blooms, nothing crawled around.
I'm thinking, not a thrip or a springtail.
Okay, that's a good sign. Sometimes bugs are just drawn to the moisture in the pot and not nibbling on the plant or roots. Hopefully that is the case with yours. Just keep an eye on it but it doesn't sound like anything to worry about.
I hope so, I have other indoor plants I've had for many years I'd be really bummed if I had to restart them
Luckily, I do know how to start cuttings to root of all my plants. :-D Maybe someday I'll be good enough with Orchids to do the same!!
Oh, hey. I've got another question. East window with some filtered mornin' sun, then indirect all day, or northern window with no direct light ever just constant indirect all day?
East is ideal!