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is my dendrobium dead?

This is a discussion on is my dendrobium dead? within the Dendrobium Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I got this plant as a gift, and it came with no instructions or name. ...

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    I got this plant as a gift, and it came with no instructions or name. After all the leaves fell off last fall, i figured out it was a deciduous dendrobium. I have no idea if it's dead or not. I've been maintaining it in semi dry conditions, like i've been told.
    it hasn't shown any real growth, i just think i killed it please help.


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    Sorry Kiddo but it looks like it is dead to me. If you haven't had any growth since last fall, things don't look too good. Have you looked at the roots? If they are dark and soft I am afraid you have a funeral on your hands.
    My Condolences but remember it happens to all of us, so get back in there an try again.
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    Urm...is that potting soil?

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    If the cane is soft it is dead. if is hard it is alive. I will take a picture of my plant I though it dead. But now it have a flower spike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86
    Urm...is that potting soil?
    Nope, orchid mix.

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    the outsides of the cane are hard, but almost feel hollow. not squishy, though. like a twizzler, maybe? lol ...I just repotted it into that green container, so i checked the roots, and they're still white and fleshy.

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    White and fleshy is good. Wait a while and see what happens. No direct sun in the meantime, don't want to stress it any more than it is already. You really have nothing to lose by waiting. I do agree with Cin that it sure looks dead, but looks can be deceiving.

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    Healthy roots? IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE! Maybe. I have 4 phalaenopsis dendrobiums at this time. One did NOT drop all it's leaves, 3 did. I thought they must be dead BUT! Just in case, I stepped up watering two weeks ago and moved them about 6 inches from a south window. One now has a new cane growing. The one that did not lose all it's leaves has a little green shoot poking out of the fine bark mix. The other two have given no sign of life yet. I am planning to give them another month before I declare them compost.

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    I agree that if you have healthy looking roots you have something alive in that pot. Even the worst looking dead things can give out a live sprout.
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    yup, dead

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