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bare root orchids

This is a discussion on bare root orchids within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi all! Okay, i received a catt, two dendrobiums and two oncidiums. They arrived looking ...

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    Hi all! Okay, i received a catt, two dendrobiums and two oncidiums. They arrived looking pretty sad and dessicated. I have had them soaking for two days. a few of the leaves on the dendos and oncidiums turned yellow and fell off so i took them out of the water. the roots are much plumper now but appear so fragile. Do i continue to soak them longer or pot them up? the plants are rather small (about three inches) and the medium i have seems really big for those little roots. should i use different medium for the different plants? any advice out there?

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    You usually soak a dry rooted orchid for about 10 minutes in a container with a few drops of superthrive to help the roots come back. Two hours is a rather long time. It may be advisable to hang them upside down in a well ventilated area. You might even use a fan to help them dry quickly. Depending on who you ordered from, you may want to send them back if they do not look healthy. There are posts on here about sellers on Ebay. If you bought your plants on there, you might want to send them back fast if you feel there is something wrong or you may be unable to get a refund.
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    I would not soak them any more don't want to drown them. Pot all up in bark/ spag. I have all of my catts in lava rock but that is a personal thing. Don't know where you are located. Anyway repot give a good water with weak fertilizer and let them stay dry for a while. Look for new root growth and water with fertilizer.
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    I potted them all. I think i may have lost one the oncs since appeared the roots were barely hanging on but i didn't want to pull on it in case i was wrong. I put them on a shelf that has a grow light. hope they make it. thanks.

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    Question: I was reading another thread about spreading black rot and reusing medium (which I did not do). I did not spray with physan as i see it recommended when i potted these up this afternoon. The only thing i did is sprinkle cinnamon on those areas where roots where removed. Should i find this physan or something else? Please advise. Thanks.

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    Well, I think you can get by without Physan, but it is a very useful product. It is a disinfectant, a sanitizer, a deodorizer, a fungicide, an algaecide and a virucide all rolled into one. It has many specific plant applications, like controlling slimy collar rot in cacti. It also has many general uses, such as controlling algae in swimming pools, disinfecting cutting tools and work areas. The key is to prepare it properly according to what you are using it for. For example, as preventative maintenance on orchids, you should spray once a month with a solution of 2 tsp per gallon of water. However, for crown rot on phalaenopsis, they recommend to spray a solution of 1 tsp per gallon of water. Does that help?

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    I will get some and make it a part of my regime. Should i spray the newly planted guys immediately or wait until next watering? thanks.

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