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Freaking out about my New Cattleya!!!! help!

This is a discussion on Freaking out about my New Cattleya!!!! help! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; well this is what I did............did 1 part bleach (3/4 cup) and 10 parts water.......soaked ...

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    well this is what I did............did 1 part bleach (3/4 cup) and 10 parts water.......soaked the bottom of my plant for 5 minutes..........then I rinsed out that mixture and put regular water, swished around in that.........then got rid of that bucket...and rinsed one more time in regular water...I stabilized the plant in a ceramic pot that held it up over night and did not pot it so it would dry out............when i got up in the morning, i placed the plant in my mixture and held off on watering it til the next day. So today I gently watered with my orchid bloom booster fertilizer. That's all I have to give it nutrients, dont have the money right now to purchase the superthrive stuff or anything else right now....

    I find it so consuming the more and more i learn about all these tips, and new ways to keep my plants thriving....its kinda distracting me from normal life lol cuz im so into them...ahh that might not be a good thing..I have a 2 year old :P

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    thanks Jenn I have turned on the PM feature now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristinL View Post
    Hi! Earlier in the discussion, a couple people mentioned letting your orchid "dry out" for 24-48 hours. Is that something people do specifically for orchids who have major root rot? I'm a semi-newbie, so I just want to make sure I get this straight! So basically what people are saying is that once you un-pot your orchid and find it to be root-rotted, you can clean it up (cut dead roots, bleach bath/Physan/whatever), THEN let it sit out bare-root to dry for a day or so, THEN re-pot in new mix?

    And where exactly does the root hormone come in if you want to try that? (I've got some Dyna-Gro KLN.) Do you soak the potting mix with KLN? Or soak the orchid? For how long? Can you soak the orchid in a Physan/KLN mix...would that still be effective?

    LOL. Ok sorry, but I like to be sure I understand! Thanks so much!
    No need to apologise, if you don't understand; ask, that's the whole point. Most of us have opted to let the plant sit on the work bench, table or shelf on something clean like paper (I have clay saucers) to give the new cuts a chance to basically scab over, and the moisture that is rotting the roots to evaporate. One trick for the root compound is while the plant is drying out, you put your bark, clay balls, lava rock etc that you're going to repot it in to soak over night, add the rooting compound to the water. This helps the hormone to stick around long enough to make a difference, plus dusting the entire root mass just before potting too is what I do, but only in the extreme cases. I know it sounds like over kill but if you have a plant basically in shock from being seriously sick and having surgery it's more to give it a fighting chance than anything else.

    If anything I just said made any sense then , cause I'm typing while sleep deprived. If not...keep asking.

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    I really want a millitonopsis..those waterfall blooms are so eye catching...and I heard one smelled like Ruebarb pie in the early morning! wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KristinL View Post
    Hi! Earlier in the discussion, a couple people mentioned letting your orchid "dry out" for 24-48 hours. Is that something people do specifically for orchids who have major root rot? I'm a semi-newbie, so I just want to make sure I get this straight! So basically what people are saying is that once you un-pot your orchid and find it to be root-rotted, you can clean it up (cut dead roots, bleach bath/Physan/whatever), THEN let it sit out bare-root to dry for a day or so, THEN re-pot in new mix?

    And where exactly does the root hormone come in if you want to try that? (I've got some Dyna-Gro KLN.) Do you soak the potting mix with KLN? Or soak the orchid? For how long? Can you soak the orchid in a Physan/KLN mix...would that still be effective?

    LOL. Ok sorry, but I like to be sure I understand! Thanks so much!
    Kristin, I would start a new thread with your question. I think the original issue here has been pretty thoroughly addressed, so people aren't likely to keep stopping back. If you start a new thread, your question be sure to get seen. Just ask your question in the "general culture" or "general care" section...or "newer growers ask experienced growers for advice" section...you'll get lots of help! :-) Sorry...I've never done the "let it dry out" thing, so I'm not sure I'd be much help in that area.

    Good luck!

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    Yep, you've got it right! Clean it up, then let it sit out, then repot. You want to give the cuts a chance to heal a bit before repotting. This helps in preventing new infection.
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