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My dendrobium is sick :-(

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    Unhappy My dendrobium is sick :-(

    Hi everyone out there who loves orchids! I recently got a 'Burana Jade' Dendrobium from my boyfriend for my birthday. I've had it about two weeks and some of the the leaves are turning thin and yellow, and they have these brown indentions. It's mostly on the leaves on one stalk and two of the bottom ones on the other. can anyone help me out to why my baby is sick? thank you so much for your time and consideration i appreciate it very much.

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    how are you growing it? Light, water, temp. ect?

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    I live in Colorado, I move it to the window that gets morning sun and at night I put it in my room cause i don't want it to get too cold. I've been watering every three or four days when the bark seems dry.

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    you may be over watering it. The surface of the bark appears dry before the center dries. Your Dend likes to go totally dry between watering. Some people can judge that by weight. Others take a bamboo skewer, inserted in the pot. They pull it out and if it is still damp it is not time to water.

    Is it in a clay or plastic pot? Clay dries faster than plastic.

    Also it may be just the plant adjusting to the new environment causing the leaves to drop but you should get the culture down. This Dend takes bright light, likes it warm and wants to dry between watering. I find that it likes to be tight in it's pot, so not good if potted into a large pot.

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    Some dendrobiums go "dormant" at this time of year. If so, drop your watering to about once a week. The idea above about using a wood skewer is great. When I first started those little things saved several of my phals roots from sure rot. Leave the skewer down in the medium for at least 5 minutes 10 is best. Place it against your cheek, if it is wet,or damp wait to water. If it is dry against your cheek you can give the den a little water. This time of year, most dendrobuims that have any nobile in them, will like to go really dry. Mist them a little to help in between waterings, but let them stay really dry. If you see a new growth; up the water and feedings. Good luck, you may want to also give the plant a good spray of fungicide in case you have a sick plant, not sick roots.
    Hope this helps...Good Luck! Dendrobiums are notoriously hardy unless you overwater, it should pull through.
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    Connie, Dend Burana Jade is of the phalaenanthe section of Dendrobium so It does not go dormant.

    Wish Tami would notice this thread...she has this Dendrobium in her collection.

    also there is some info here:
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...m-culture.html

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    So here are some pictures of the leaves from my baby. I don't know if these change the diagnosis but I figured it would help. Thank you so much for all of your help.


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    that looks like fungus. I'm also a newbie but I'm sure other members here will chime in with an advise. Just wait a little while, they're still at work doing OT...lol. Welcome to the forum, lots of nice people here.

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    The other growth,(youngest) looks fine to me. I've had the same thing happened to my Dendros in summer when its too wet (rain daily for one week) and in winter when its cold and rainy. As long as the problem don't spread down to the cane and on to the healthy blooming growth, you have nothing to worry about. Those yellowing leaves will soon drop leaving the cane unaffected. You can also spray fungicide just to make sure.

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    Yep, its totally fine - that is an old cane, they lose their leaves, no big deal.

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