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my orchid tragedy last night

This is a discussion on my orchid tragedy last night within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Sorry to hear of the tragedy Vicki. I grow inside so I don't have an ...

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    Sorry to hear of the tragedy Vicki. I grow inside so I don't have an issue with mother nature (as much) but I did drop plants before. Like everyone else above mine survived fine. Even the one that was punished intentionally left the newest p-bulb for what it was and popped a dormant eye just before the latest mature p-bulb. This was actually a blessing since I got sick of it growing straight through the pot. Now it's really nice and T-shaped. I'm sure yours will be fine too.

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    I hate that you had an accident with your orchids, but I'm glad to know that they came back with flying colors, so I'll try to be positive and look on the bright side. Other people have been telling me that orchids are tough, so apparently they are right.

    Yours and Rodney's (my husband) mind must work on the same wave length, because as soon as he turned the shelves back upright, he tied them down with wire tires.

    Mine are back outside on the porch now because the weather is calm. Like you said, I wanted to give them some fresh outside air. Hopefully, they won't be outside a whole lot longer, though, cuz the electricians are coming Thurs. to install my new t5 lights in my new orchid grow room (actually, it's not new.....it's Rodney's ex-electronics-workshop). He told me I could have it since he has another workshop now (much bigger, of course. lol) It's approx. a 10'x10' room with shelves and will be just right for what orchids I have. I'm so excited. But once again, as you said, I wish they could get outside air, but I guess I can't have the best of both worlds.

    Thanks for your reply,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dsm View Post
    If it is any consolation, I had a similar accident with porch orchids and they recovered fine. A few broken roots should not be a problem as long as you keep them from getting infections....

    But it certainly is a good idea either to tie the shelves down or hang the orchids. I've had to switch to indoor growing since then, and I must say I preferred being able to let them have the outside air.
    True.....it definitely wasn't a party.....far from it. Yes, indeed, it was pretty awful.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I'm sure my orchids would appreciate it, too.
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by Lambert View Post
    Ouch ! So sorry to hear your story, Vicki, this must have been awful ...
    My heart goes out to you but I am sure that you will be able to repot, disinfect, re-stake etc ... Orchids are true survivors and I have no doubt yours will get back on their feet (roots) very soon.
    Wow....that's something to look forward to.....possibly a spike (several would be better than awesome). When that happens, it/they will be my 1st. Can hardly wait.

    Yes, that got some extra attention for sure.....and I'm extra careful now about watching out for potential catastrophys.




    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Oooh..so sorry to hear about the crash. I bet your orchids will really appreciate all the extra attention you just gave them! Some times the simple act of repotting will cause an orchid to put up a spike. Let hope you get several!
    Thanks for your reply and encouragement,
    Vicki

    Cheers,
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    Oh no....what a horrible thing....when your tension rod slipped! I know how you must have felt. Terrible....right?!
    Thanks for your reply,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    too bad that happened but they are survivors! I used to have tension rods in my sunroom windows and would hang Catts from them. One night I heard Bang, bang, bang, bang...I knew what was going on, the weight had gotten too heavy with clay pots and the plants increasing in size. The rod slipped and one by one, in rapid succession the pots shattered on the tile floor. There were a few broken leaves and roots but all survived as I am sure yours will!
    Thank you. It certainly was a bad thing, but I feel like they're gonna be alright.

    Yes, I know what you mean. In my case, it's especially cats, racoons, winds....and goodness knows what else.

    Thanks again,
    Vicki




    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I am so sorry to hear about your "tragedy". I think we all can share your pain with a story of our own....to include dogs, neighbors, winds and other ways that our precious orchids can and have been damaged. I'll just repeat what was said above...don't worry. They may go into shock for a short time but once repotted and back on their porch....they'll eventually be okay. Orchids are pretty tough....
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    Thanks and yes, it didn't make for a pleasant night.

    I don't have any SuperThrive, but I gave them a good does of KLN.....hopefully, it's similar ?? A rooting hormone, right?

    Thanks again,
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by sadie View Post
    Argh -- that is just awful. I am so sorry. You might try giving them all a dose of SuperThrive--to really stimulate some new root growth before winter. I bet you were just sick last night and this morning. So sorry . . .
    Oh, I'm so glad to know from some of you that what happened may end up better than I expected.....that they may wake up and decide to bloom. Wow....would I be excited! Never had one to bloom before. Trust me, all of you will be the 1st to know (after me, of course. lol) My husband can't understand where the blooms are. He says "Orchids bloom.....where are the blooms??"
    Thanks,
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by Molly Taco View Post
    Oh I hate it when it happens but as everyone has said some times it wakes everybody up and they decide to bloom.
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    Oops...you've lost some to winds, too...oh my.

    I'll sure take your advice and try to act like nothing's happened (sorta).

    Thanks!
    Vicki




    Quote Originally Posted by hera View Post
    I've lost a few to wild winds during storms. Repot and grow on. They will survive and reward your efforts!

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    Hi!
    Thank you! I'm over my initial shock now, but that doesn't make me feel any better about the situation. I know you can relate.

    I hope you suffered no damage to your home or otherwise during Faye. I felt for all of you down there.....I had no idea how bad it would get, of course, but since your part of the country usually gets the worst of a hurricane, it was scary. It fooled us this time as to how far inland it came, though. Alabama got some of it too, you know....just ask my orchids on the back porch. (sorta lol) Really, though, my lil incident was absolutely nothing compared to some of the awful things that went on.

    So you went in and out with you orchids cuz of her. Not fun, I know. Gosh.....she was a sneaky thing, wasn't she.....waited just until you went to all of the trouble of taking them back out....and then tells you "surprise!"

    You made a good point that I've really never thought about before.....all the rough treatment that they have to tolerate in the wild. Maybe that means that shelves turning over on top of them wasn't much of a big deal.

    Thanks again and thanks for keeping your fingers crossed for me....I need all the help I can get.
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by ischel1 View Post
    Oh Vickie I feel your pain. I spent all morning Fri bringing my chids inside and all morning Sun. putting them out again to keep them safe from Faye and the worst winds were today! Go figure. Orchids are very resilient, just look at what they go thru in the wild! Keeping my fingers crossed for you.
    Thanks for the encouragement! I will definitely go on.....I will NOT let orchids and their problems get the best of me! lol
    Vicki



    Quote Originally Posted by hera View Post
    I've lost a few to wild winds during storms. Repot and grow on. They will survive and reward your efforts!

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    So sorry about the accident! i hope that all your plants recover.

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