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Rootless Soph.rosea

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by tenman, May 13, 2021.

  1. tenman

    tenman Well-Known Member

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    In a very disappointing import shipment of mostly dead/near dead plants, the Soph.rosea seems to be a reasonably healthy 6-growth plant - except for the fact that there are ZERO roots - not even nubs, with a new, almost mature growth at the front end. So I need some advice on how to proceed with what would normally b a bit difficult a plant now made closer to impossible, from sthose who may be experienced in bringing back rootless or near-rootless plants.
     
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    That's a bummer. I have used live sphagnum moss in the past, but I'm guessing that it might not be suitable for this species. I hope they will recover.
     
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    Did the newest growth look like it already put a flush of roots out? Hit it with some seaweed (maybe do a couple minute soak?) and shaded/humid.
     
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    I've had a plant of this species that lost all the roots due to rot last summer. it took almost 8 months to grow a new root by placing the plant in a clay pot with NZ Sphagnum moss and letting it approach dryness between waterings. The humidity in that area is constantly above 70%, intermediate temperatures and bright shade. I spray my entire collection with seaweed monthly.
     
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    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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