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Lou Sneary in big trouble - help needed

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    Default Lou Sneary in big trouble - help needed

    I was very happy to reflower this plant but what I found this morning did not make me very happy. I saw that one of the 2 flowers that were left, after I had accidentally sprayed the plant with fertilized water, had wilted already and had fallen of the spike. Then, I saw the worst thing ever. One leaf had fallen off and when I checked the others they fell of with the slightest touch. I'm assuming it's black rot which could put my whole collection in danger. I separated from the rest of the plants as soon as I saw it this morning but you can see form the pictures that the last two leaves are still properly attached. My two worries are this:

    1. What can I do to prevent this from spreading to the rest of my collection if it hasn't yet done so; or how can I stop it if it has spread already???
    2. Can I still save this plant??
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    Sorry, but that plant looks like a goner. Unless the water with fertilizer was a very strong mixture, i doubt that the fact it had fertilizer in it did any harm. It's more likely that the spraying accumulated water where the leaves met, and caused a rot; probably bacterial.

    Lou Sneary's like to mounted or grown in a basket so it's roots can dry out rapidly after watering, like vandas. Moss is definitely out for them.

    It won't spread, but I'd suggest you stop spraying everything. Spraying is always dangerous, in my opinion, and can cause rot in your other orchids.

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    Oh no! Try putting it in a basket with a little bark mix loosely around the roots. It does look like rot from water staying against the leaves.

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    Hi Richard:

    What is seen does not look contagious. I would repot immediately. You need to check what's happening to the roots as well as the remaining "stem." The moss needs to go, IMMEDIATELY! The remaining roots need a little more air and far less moisture so your potting medium needs to be changed. I don't know what you have available but find someting "coarse" not fine. "Course" in the sense that it is not compacted against the roots, allows faster run-off and a little more movement of air. Just in case you are overwatering (based on the medium in use), the coarser medium will be more forgiving.

    Please ensure that all soft an rotting sections are removed - especially from roots and remaining sections of leaves. Keep trying - I never give up until WEEKS AFTER there's no doubt that EVERY cell has died.

    Good luck.
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