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Help! There's something REALLY wrong with my 'chid!

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    Default Help! There's something REALLY wrong with my 'chid!

    The top leaf of the largest cane yellowed and fell off, so I looked closer. I discovered there was some sort of rot. I took some scissors and cut off some of the dead, brown tissue. You see, the outside of the cane looks nice and green. But the inside--eww! It's all brown and mushy and wet. Yuck. I kept on cutting down... I've cut down a good 1/2 inch of the cane, and it's still brown and rotten inside.

    The inside of canes should not be brown, right? I wonder what's wrong with my dend. Should I keep on cutting? How should I treat it?

    The other canes on the plant looks great. I've discovered something brown on my dend a few months ago, but I thought it was just shedding some old tissue. Now it seems like it's really "rot" and is progressing down. Aaahh!

    Thanks for any help!

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    Keep cutting and stay ahead of the rot. You may have to take the whole cane out. If the rot progresses to the base it might start climbing up into the other canes. Treat the wound with a 10% chlorox solution and when dry use some cinnamon or better yet some Daconil if you have it on hand. This is a fungicide that is systemic and will protect the rest of your plant.

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    Yep, well said. That's about the best way to handle it.

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    I cut an entire cane off of a dendrobium due to rot. Then I treated the plant with a fungicide and theit came back stronger than ever. It is now in bud and I cannot wait to see the flowers. Good luck!

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    I cut off a big chunk of the cane (including another leaf )! The rot has progressed to about another inch down. Then I treated it. I hope I stopped the rot--I'll be keeping a close eye on it to see if anything else happens.

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