Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums

The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!

  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"

Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!

Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Help me please!!

This is a discussion on Help me please!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am a new orchid owner and I have some problems. I bought these from ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    jooms is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Saint Louis

    Unhappy Help me please!!

    I am a new orchid owner and I have some problems. I bought these from a girl who rescued them because they were getting burned. I took compassion on these poor creatures and currently have 6 plants waiting for the magical touch that I don't have. I have 2 dendrobiums that have many stalks and on the tops of them are woody nubs. Also on one the roots are above the bark. The leaves are turning yellow although they are not in the direct sun. Do these have hope? can I save them? Also I have 4 Phalenopsis plants. Only one has a flower which is a weak looking flower that is now starting to shrivel. There appears to be a bud forming, so what should I do for these? A couple of these also have the woody nub at the top of the stalk. Does this mean the stalk is dead? Also a couple of them have dark spots on the leaves. What can I do to save these poor plants. Also can anyone tell me if you can post pics of the plants. That might give someone a better idea, just let me know how to do this. Thanks

  2. #2
    LJA's Avatar
    LJA is offline OrchidTalk Tech Admin
    Real Name
    Louis J. Aszod
    My Grow Area
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Clarksville, Arkansas
    Member's Country Flag


    Hi Jooms, from the sound of it, the woody nubs at the tops of the Dends are old inflorescences that were cut back, but I can't be sure. The tops of the canes will also turn woody-looking. They will lose leaves all along the length of a cane when they are preparing to put out new growth. They will also lose them if they're being overwatered. Let the roots dry off before watering them each time.

    On the Phals, cut all of the flower spikes (the "stalks") down near the base where they attach to the plant. At this point, you're trying to get the plant to put its energy into new growth, not flowering. Dark spots on the leaves are usually a sign of a bacterial or fungal infection, so you might want to get some plant disease control like Daconil and spray everything down. Don't forget to hit the undersides of the leaves, too.

    Pictures would definitely help. To attach a pic to a message, scroll down the editor page and you'll see a button that says "Manage attachments." Click that, browse to your picture file on your computer, then click the Upload button. Close the little window, and submit your message. Make sure your pic isn't too big (no larger than 700 x 700 pixels) or the system won't let you upload it.

  3. #3
    Curious George's Avatar
    Curious George is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Tampa, Florida


    Quote Originally Posted by jooms
    ...Also on one the roots are above the bark....
    While I'm a 'Newbie' also, let me give this a shot.

    Dendrobiums are classed as Epiphytic orchids. That means they live on other plants -- usually trees. They do not feed on the plant upon which they grow, but produce 'air-roots' that normally dry between periods of rain. These orchids are typically grown in an open medium, such as bark. It is not unusual for the aerial roots to be outside the medium, especially when the roots inside the pot become crowded. By the way, orchids are most happy being a bit 'pot-bound', so I don't think you should worry. Depending upon your orchid's location regarding humidity and light, you could also mist the aerial roots when you water. Just make sure you have plenty of air flow around the plant and allow it to become moderately dry between waterings.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.