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Mechanical damage on seedlings? Now what?

This is a discussion on Mechanical damage on seedlings? Now what? within the Flasking Equipment & Technique forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; These seedlings were deflasked just over a month ago. Last night they looked great, and ...

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    Default Mechanical damage on seedlings? Now what?

    These seedlings were deflasked just over a month ago. Last night they looked great, and I didn't notice any problems this morning. When I came home at lunch I noticed several of them had damaged, bent and/or broken leaves. There was someone in my apt. working this morning, but I hate to point the finger if this could have been caused by something else. What do you think?

    Also, what do I do now? I did spray the injured ones with fungicide (white residue in photos), and they seem to have scabbed over since lunch.

    How badly does this affect their chances of survival? Thanks.
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    Those elephants in the porcelain shop !!! LOL, anyways I would suggest that you cut away the damaged portions with a sharp sterilized blade as they can be points of systemic infection that can spread to healthier undamaged plant parts. Spray the plant with a fungicide and hydrogen peroxide (0.5%). And maintain the plants on a drier side with plenty of ventilation.

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    Follow Amey's good advice and don't worry too much. The damage was minimal. Sorry you had trouble with your baby orchids, but maybe they will grow up stronger now anyway.

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    thats annoying, they should be fine tough

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    Update: One died, one is so far hanging in there, and one seems fine.

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    Angie, When something like that happens to me, I dust the cuts with sulphur powder. Keeps out bacteria, and the cuts heal quickly. Just my opinion...Betty :-(

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    insteadof sulfur, which i find can be tough on the plants, i use a powdered/dilute copper oxychloride solution to either dust or spray my plants....i lost half my seedlings because i didnt quite get it right lol (seedling newbie error), but the ones surviving are doing great!

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