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Dying Orchid


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Colleen Erin18-Jan-06 02:32 PM EST
Kim19-Jan-06 12:52 PM EST   
Colleen Erin19-Jan-06 08:08 PM EST   
Kim20-Jan-06 09:53 AM EST   


Subject: Dying Orchid
From: Colleen Erin
Date: 18-Jan-06 02:32 PM EST

Help...

I received a Phalaenopsis orchid as a gift, however, I was living in a basement apt at the time and I had to leave it at my in laws house. I now have a home of my own and I took in the orchid, but it is sick and looks as tough it is on its way to death. The leaves are now a dark green and very wilted, one even has a dark brown spot of dead tissue. The stem has some buds emerging and I want to do my best to bring this orchid back to full potential. If anyone has any suggestions that would help I would be sooo happy to save my little orchid. Please help us,

Sincerely, Colleen Erin


Subject: RE: Dying Orchid
From: Kim
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Date: 19-Jan-06 12:52 PM EST

Hi Colleen,

Although I am certainly not an Orchid expert, I will say that as long as there are some live roots (probably what you are noticing as buds) and the leaves are green then there is a very good chance for recovery.

I would delicately take the plant out of the bark potting mixture and just check if there are some live roots. If there are a tangle of dead roots then carefuly remove some of them. Repot with some fresh bark potting mixture and water. The method I find best is to dunk the whole pot into a sink of warm water and let the bark mixture become saturated. Remove and drain. Your Orchid probably doesn't need more that a weekly dunking. I've missed waterings and mine are very forgiving.

As for light location I have about 8 plants sitting on a plant stand by an East facing patio door. They rebloom for me and grow leaves quite nicely.

It is also helpful if the temperature of your house drops down at some point ie. over night or during the day. I can't remember exactly but I think 65 degrees to 80 degrees is what a Phalaenopis likes.

Orchids also tend to start to rebloom with changes in daylight. I find our Canadian location is great for this. I can always look forward to the first weeks in January as our days get longer for flower spikes to show.

I'm sure you can find lots of information on growing Orchids on the web or in books. I find them very low maitenance and now have to restrain myself everytime I see one to buy.

Good luck


Subject: RE: Dying Orchid
From: Colleen Erin
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Date: 19-Jan-06 08:08 PM EST

Hi Kim,

Thanks for your help. The buds I spoke about are flw buds growing off the spikes, but I am going to try repotting. I know it needs some fertilizer too. I will do a little research and hopefully bring it to life again ... Thanks for everything.

Sincerely, Colleen Erin


Subject: RE: Dying Orchid
From: Kim
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Date: 20-Jan-06 09:53 AM EST

Hi Colleen,

If you've got flower spikes then you're in good shape. It will be fine.

Kim


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