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    What is causing the leaves of my orchid to become shriveled? When I purchased it in the spring at a local Orchid show the leaves were smooth. I do keep it under grow lights and on a humidity tray. This has happened with other Dendrobuims I have had and the leaves eventually turn brown and die.
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    The roots look bad. How often do you water?? I would recommend you take the plant out of it's present potting materials. Trim the bad roots off and soak the rest in a hydrogen peroxide bath or spray them down with an antifungal and place it in a windy spot to dry. (to dry a plant i hang them upsidedown on top of a bush outside). After you allow the root area to dry completely I would repot. The humidity tray you set it in, is it allowing the dendrobium to stay too wet?? Also; indoors dendrobiums need air movement. It might help to keep your plant in a windowsill with a window open a little bit, minus the humidity tray. If you are overwatering; try putting your dendrobium in either a basket, or a clay pot. Good luck...

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    thank you I will try this before there is any further damage

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    ...i dont think thats a dendrobium.....looks like a cattleya alliance...oh boy.....someone call 911

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    I am new to this so if it's a cattleya do you have a solution to the problem?

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    Connie is right either way...weather it be a cattleya or dendrobium i would personally use her instruction...if there are no good roots then i would leave the dead stuff to anchor the plant when you repot it ...but the orchid obviously needs water, but not to much so it sits on any part and rots it.....make sure its able to dry out before night time. This will make sure it doesnt have moisture to rot it when there is no light to evaporate it. To also prevent it from rotting i would remove the sheathing that surrounds the psuedobulb. Be gentle in doing this and dont tear it. Peel and snip. So you can see the green shriveled bulb. Dont go to low into root area and try not to damage or wound anything else. Do a quick search of terms if you dont know exactly what im talking about. But the gray sheathing i find on catts holds to much water and tends to rot it. Tho this is a critical stage its in....to much light, to much water, to much sun, to little water, not enough air movement can turn this situation fatal. I personally would choose a clay pot with some bark, about the same size pot and fill just to the level above the roots. deffinatly a little more bark then whts in the picture. Im a big fan of misting cause the plant gets its water but is allowed to dry. you can do this repeatedly as you seem fit to foliage and into bark mixture till it drips out bottom.....maybe a very weak bloom boost fertilizer would be good..bloom fertilizer is also good for root growth..if you were thinking im crazy..lol.. looks pretty bad tho...good luck..if that seems to much..then just repot it and pray...lol ..hope this helps

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    Hi there. Your cattleya has suffered root rot damage so do as advised above. Unfortunately the catts pseudobulb and leaves have exhausted its water and nutrition reserves so the plant is severly dehydrated and with no roots you may have a battle and a half. Leaves can absorb a little moisture through the stomata so mist but keep the root base ( with all rotten roots removed) dry. Have a look at the overwatering issues on the forum. Its a common easy mistake. The bark may have rotted down and roots have become saturated. They need air movement. Spray frequently leaves and canes, use fertilizer weakly weekly. There are some good posts re same issues and how the manged to rebirth it. Some suspended naked plant over water source some steak plant on top of moistened media. You may get roots develop. Try hormones. good luck.

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    I notice an indication of growth I think coming from the base.Cant see clearly. You can take advantage of this. Dont submerge any part of the plants rhizome base. keep ontop of media surface.

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    Thanks to all of you for your time and advise, I'll give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerje View Post
    Thanks to all of you for your time and advise, I'll give it a try.
    Hope you can save this orchid, John. Good luck to you!

    cheers
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