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This is a discussion on from a broken tree within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; it's from a land belong to a relative, and they grew there wild,.. i don't ...

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    it's from a land belong to a relative, and they grew there wild,..
    i don't know what they are,... the wood is like sponge,... many ants also one leech.
    i got this in afternoon around 12, now it's 23.00 something,.. still haven't finished peeling,.. because the roots tying up with each other,.. gotta admit i took some hours rest,.. like now for example,... the big piece is about 1 meter long,...
    pls give me suggestion what to do with this
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    i'll post the part where it has flower, and fruit,.. 2 fruits but i broke one out of curiosity,..
    also some other parts,..

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    this is just a lot more difficult than i thought,.. the roots inside tree like this, they travel far, straight like veins very long, and make another colony and it goes on like that,.. and they also growing on top of each other, even roots growing in dead bulbs,...... unless i break the roots, then it would be simple,...

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    from the look of it, it may be Dendrobium crumenatum. There will be no way to remove without root damage. Can you just hang in a tree on your property as is?

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    the tree is rotting,.. like spongy,...
    also,.. there is dendrobium and cattleya and others i dont know,... as if they share the same root,... connected,..... it's night time here, my light is not so bright, but i gotta do this fast i think they could rot if i take so long

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    if only i could take pictures of how the root is looking now,.... they are seriously crazy ,.... and one stem could have so many keikis about 4 cm roots on each keike,.. plenty keiki,....

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    In nature many species may share the same branch, orchids along with other epiphytes. You can try soaking it overnight in a tub of water and just try to tear the log apart being it is so spongy. Some roots will be broken but that can't be helped. I would put a couple of pry bars into the log and try prying the log apart

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    Fascinating find. Yes you have your work cut out for you lijun. The best of luck to you and the plants! AL

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    yes the inside log all gone,... the hard part is the outer layer of the bark,.... they are hard

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    If you can pry the log apart you can leave the outer, hard layer as a mount gleaning the spongy pith of the center away. If it will not pry then trying to split the hard outer area with a wedge

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    thank you,.. ok i'll start just breaking small roots and try to keep the big ones

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    I would let the roots be and when you break the log let roots break where they will. Most of the roots are adhered to something. If you can peel the bark off the wood you may have a better chance of salvaging the plants, for most of the roots would be adhered to the bark where it remains. Personally, I would try removing the spongy center and leaving the hard outside intact....down the road, that will also start rotting and the plants can be removed then.

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    this is how it looks like inside

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