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Newbie w/dend. Needs help

This is a discussion on Newbie w/dend. Needs help within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a Den. White Bota that I have had for almost a year now. ...

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    Default Newbie w/dend. Needs help

    I have a Den. White Bota that I have had for almost a year now. It was a gift and a quick plunge into the world of orchids for me.

    We moved shortly after getting the plant I have it in a south facing window with watering about once a week when the bark dries out durring these last few hot months. I feed it once a month and have it in a pot that is a little bigger than the one I got it in.

    The cane that was in flower when I got the pot has become hollow and squishy and the plant has sprouted new growth on the other two cains that are growing roots off the side in mid air (which I understand are Keikis??) These appeared at the start of the growing season. The book I have says if I am going to take them off to do in the early spring before growing starts, however I think the plant will be dead by then. The new growth that was once slightly healthly looking is now droopy and a funny shade of green.

    I would love to keep this plant alive as it has spurred me to get another orchid which is thriving great.

    ANY help or suggestions would be awesome. I have pictures I can send if that would help. I am debating cutting off the new growth which seems like it might have a fighting chance, but they are so small I am worried it wont make it.

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    Definitely post a picture of the plant so the Den. gurus can give you their advice. ME + Dend = DEATH, so I won't offer any advice!

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    kwatson, if the new growth is looking like it's in bad shape, this is a bad sign. Mushy canes usually means that an infection has set in. If it's already affected the newest growth that came up from the base of the plant, I doubt the plant will last longer than a few more weeks at this point.

    If you want to save anything from this plant, cut those keikis off, pour some alcohol or hydrogen peroxide over them, and then pot them up after they've dried off (I'm assuming they already have roots growing out?).

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    Yes they have roots, and they still look healthy with a little bit of new growth on them. Thanks so much!!

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