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This is a discussion on Den. Noid w/No Leaves ? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I need to know if a plant looses all of its leaves,is this plant done? ...
I need to know if a plant looses all of its leaves,is this plant done? How can it come back without a way to do photosynthesis? I have two noids that have lost all of its leaves and no new growth or kekies.The canes are still green.If someone could let me know I would appreciate it. Thanks,Rich
Dendrobiums can be quite resilient.
Even when all leaves are lost, the living canes themselves have some stored energy enough to feed young growths or keikis until they can feed on their own.
The cane itself also contains chlorophyll so that it can perform photosynthesis but to a lesser degree.
Dendrobiums may be evergreen or deciduous. Deciduous Dendrobiums lose their leaves each year and the canes dry and shrivel. Some say the canes get to look like bamboo. When dormancy ends the blossoms bud and bloom from the nodes of the dry canes. Check this post:
yeah, what Joe said.
let the plant have it's sleep during the cold winter months and when it starts to wake up in spring... well it's time to water and fertilise again....
and for now, keep it dry and maybe on warm days give it a spritz or a little drink, but mainly keep it dry.