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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; Hi, First of all, I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum .....please let ...

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    Hi,
    First of all, I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum.....please let me know if I didn't.

    Anyway.....no question this time.....I just feel like venting and sharing this with you.....I hope you don't mind.

    Last night we heard a loud crash out on the backporch, went out and found that the winds (indirectly from sweet Fay) had blown over the shelves that I had most of my orchids on.....falling on top of many of them. I couldn't believe my eyes! Some of them were lucky enuff to be flung out farther on the porch floor, but even most of those were "de-potted" or broken in some way. Talk about sick! I was literally in tears! I have/had about 50 orchids and the majority of them were outside.....only a few inside. We carried all the poor lil chids into the living room and placed them on plastic (garbage bags) on the floor, as best we could. I decided to wait until this morn. to take "damage inventory" (everything looks better in the light of day, they say.....yeah right lol) Anyway, there was quite a mess still out on the porch after we brought my orchids in last night, needless to say. I'm sure my husband and I were quite a scene.....crawling around on the porch floor at 11:00 pm in our PJs picking up tons of PrimeAgra balls and picking up shattered pots! lol

    Long story much shorter, I spent all afternoon until about an hour ago repotting. The roots on all of the plants that I was able to salvage had been damaged in some way. So, bottom line: I'm really praying that new roots grow.....and grow quickly. My husband has been fixing up a room (his old electronics workshop) off from our garage for my new orchid room and as soon as an electrician comes (and I hope that is soon!) and installs my new T5 lights, my orchids are coming inside. No more ole mean shelves on the backporch for them! (lol). I loved them being outside, getting fresh air and sun.....and I enjoyed looking at them, too.....even though they didn't have blooms. I enjoyed just babying my plants/chids.

    Well, that's basically it. Thanks for reading my "venting post" (book). I guess I'm sorta back to square one (in a way).....but trust me, I WILL rebuild and most likely will add on.....my orchid collection, that is! lol
    Vicki

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

    Cheers,
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    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!

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    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....
    Connie

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    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 . . .

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    Oh I hate it when it happens but as everyone has said some times it wakes everybody up and they decide to bloom.
    Cin

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    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.

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    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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