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from a broken tree

This is a discussion on from a broken tree within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; ill post more pics of what i've done so far... is it enough or do ...

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    ill post more pics of what i've done so far... is it enough or do i need to clean more?
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    Don't worry if you lose roots. It can't be helped and I have seen an incredible flush of new roots after a "trimming". I would say if you can salvage as much as 1/3 of the roots you will be in very good shape. The only difficult part is if this is not the season for the plants to form roots. If no new roots form when you move it to a new tree then you may need to put something around the existing roots that will conserve moisture. Good luck and keep us all informed.

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    yes,.. i notice there are no root tips..... problem is i don't have a tree,... many of the roots looks so dry,....... some are good,... the strange part is,.. the excess from the bark is very similar to soil,.. even smells like fresh soil after rain,...

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    also i'd like to thank everyone for advice,... i'll try to find a suitable medium tomorrow,...

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    this is the bud, took the pic first time i got it this afternoon,..
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    cleaned one small part,.. looks like it has chance,..
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    Looks good! Love that you are able to go out and pick your own orchids.

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    This is the first time i collect myself,.. ussually i buy from people who collects them,.. eventho i got bitten by bugs i dont know what they were anymore, one even flied to my head and made my scalp itchy,... im also glad i'm doing this,.. cause i found substances inside that made just perfect sense why people use the medium commonly used,.. i think when orchid root grows, they push fiber inside the tree and make small part moist, very similar to dry spaghnum moss when its wet,.. but i found those mostly only on the tip of the roots only,... and some other substances similar to other mediums,.

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    Was this a natural growing orchid?...If so, the land that belongs to your relative should be protected (in my opinion), it is obviously a very special habitat.

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    Yes, it's natural. There are so many natural orchids on the trees on the street,.. really. Big road or small street. Mostly never bloom in the city, but i saw ones with many flowers, just very rare. Usually raining season like this, goverment cut the big branches to avoid them falling onto cars. They just throw away.

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    concur with suggestions from roy and wade. keep us posted on how it goes.

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    I can see the big clump of Den crumenatum . If this mass of orchids is growing wild I don't it will include a. Cattleya as they are a New World orchid. Den crumenatum is one of the most common orchids of SE Asia and can be found almost everywhere growing on trees and even on telephone poles ( wooden ones in the old days) in kampungs ad towns. Don't worry about injuring the roots - just pull it off the old tree stump. When I first started school in 1946, just after WW 2, exercise books were scarce and we had to carry a slate board to school to write on with a slate stencil. After every piece of work we had to erase that with a piece of wet rag or more often, especially among the boys, with tip of your forefinger , wetting it in your mouth. But if you are caught by your teacher doing that you will get smart rap across the back of your hand with a ruler . So some smart Alec in our class used a pseudo bulb from a Den crumenatum that had fallen off the numerous rain tree in our school compound. He cut off the swollen pbulb and used that as a very effective eraser. Of the rest of the class followed suit and ended the unhygienic practice of using the finger wetted with saliva..

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