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knicked phal root with fingernail

This is a discussion on knicked phal root with fingernail within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I cut a healthy phal root with my fingernail while I was overinspecting the plant. ...

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    I cut a healthy phal root with my fingernail while I was overinspecting the plant. What can I put on the root to avoid any infection? Thanks.

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    I've had good results - or no infections, anyway - with cinnamon. if you've got Physan 20 around, it works too, dilution rates are on the bottle...

    btw, glad you're feeling better

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    Ditto what Pete said.

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    Glad you're back up and around!

    I wouldn't worry about the one root... Things happen. I don't think any infection will set in from a fingernail nick.

    As far as cinnamon goes, be careful about applying that on roots. It dries the heck out of root tissue, and you might be doing more harm than good.

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    oops. sorry, cin, didn't know about that....

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    As far as cinnamon goes, be careful about applying that on roots. It dries the heck out of root tissue, and you might be doing more harm than good.
    I never knew that either! Better keep that in mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    Glad you're back up and around!

    I wouldn't worry about the one root... Things happen. I don't think any infection will set in from a fingernail nick.
    Ditto. I have nicked and broke phal's roots before and as long as the roots don't remain soggy all the time, the wound should heal and the roots will continue growing, if not, then it should put out a "branch". Usually the injured root will "rest" first before putting out a new growth. This is what I have observed from my limited experience dealing with injured and sick phals.

    As long as cinnamon goes, didn't know anything about it. I have never used the stuff even for cooking. It is as expensive as gold dust here...lol. I wonder if curry powder can be use as substitute? (anti-fungal). Just a thought .

    Glad you are feeling better, Cinderella.

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    Thanks, guys.

    Tanya I have used cinnamon for the end of roots when I repot if I have to trim them off because part of the root is no good, soggy or hollow. That seems to work ok....but if it is expensive you could probably find something cheaper.

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    Tanya, how can you bake without cinnamon??? (Forget about it's anti-fungal properties...) If it's that pricey in Hong Kong, I'd be happy to send you some...
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    Thank you Liz, that was a very generous offer. The good thing is, in chinese cooking, we don't really care about baking, just steaming or stir frying. The five spice powder will do, it is more widely available and cheaper too .

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