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Aerides help

This is a discussion on Aerides help within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have an aerides lawrenciae that doesn't seem to be too thrilled with me. I ...

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    Unhappy Aerides help



    I have an aerides lawrenciae that doesn't seem to be too thrilled with me. I got it from a previous owner about two months ago and had it in basket without any media. It is of flowering size, with evidence of an old spike, with an offshoot of growth at the bottom (I don't think it's a keiki...there are no roots from the offshoot, and it appears to be directly from the main plant). I watered it daily and sprayed the roots in the afternoon. It seemed to be drying up too much, so i added a little moss to the basket and left some of the air roots hanging. That was a mistake bc the plant started looking even worse. I checked the roots and some were brown and mushy from being in the damp moss. Yesterday I cut the bad roots and got rid of the moss...I soaked all roots for 20 minutes this morning and set the plant in one of my palm bushes on the balcony to get good air circulation (I'm guessing that the moss and lack of air circulation was to blame)...so should I give it a soak every morning? Should I put it in a basket with some bark? Is it all droopy because I am watering it TOO much? I thought maybe the plant was just adjusting to the climate here, but it was previously in Florida, so the weather wasn't drastically different. I live in St. Maarten and it's fairly humid here, but I know the roots dry so quickly without media. I apologize for the long orchid-rant, but this plant was on my orchid bucket-list (and still is, since I definitely won't check this sad plant off the list)...any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Sara its seem that your plant is relatively dehydrated as a result due to issue of watering and could be surrounding very hot and windy. Base on the photos I would say the roots most of them were not that healthy and the moss that you covered the bottom of the roots could be contaminated with some pathogen like bacterias . My suggestion you need to remove the dead roots thoroughly, spraying the plants with fungicide/ organic insecticide put under the shade say less than 50% light, spraying the water 3 to 4 times a day depending on your climate if very hot the frequency to be increased, at least about a months until the new roots emerge from the plants. keep the plant into the big pot and tight it very nicely. The dehydrated leafs nothing much that you can do until the functioning roots begin to work that the issue over need to be patient.

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    Concur with Dr.zainal. I don't mind soaking it in a bucket of water everyday.

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    ...and sick Vanda love honey. When you soak use warm (room temp) water, never cold. Put one or two tablespoons of honey per half gallon water. I promise it will help and not attract ants...some buy a molasses meant for plants and that is even better from what I hear. I keep my Aerides just under the eaves so they get morning sun and are protected from the hot afternoon sun. They also need lots of air movement like regular vanda, so if they are indoors make sure to keep them near an open window or near a fan.

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