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Help rescue my Cattleya Orchids....

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    Default Help rescue my Cattleya Orchids....

    Hi everybody....After i came back from thanks giving vacation.i found that all my cattleya orchids started to show sign of root rot,so i decided to remove them from the pot..i left them to dry and found out that all roots are gone.i cut all of root and started thinking what to do next, for now all leaves still in good condition.i'm waiting to use root hormone ,new clear plastic pot and new mix.my question are....

    1.what i have to do next...dip the root in root hormone and repot them?

    2.dip all root in root hormone and let them with damp moss?

    any suggest are welcome.now i'm very sad and mad to myself./Kitty

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    well they may be gone for ther most part sadly.

    Just let them be in a bright room with their rooting bottom away from any water for now. Spray the leaves to foilar feed the plants, just place you hand on the plant bopttom as you spray or place a plastic bag on the bottom as you spray them, and place them on a slotted tray on top small pebbles to keep them humidified with out being wet. Understand ? ,no direct water just a slightly humid enviroment to keep the leaves from shivering up on you. This willl be a get well nursery. Quite a trial to save them .I have do this myself and learned throuh trial and erroe. No watering just foliar feed unitl they decide to regrow thier roots on thier own and then use small chunks of orchid potting soil. do you have any "SPray and Grow" or Superthrive around foiliar ffed with this for a while. I hope it works Let me know

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    With sympodial plants, as long as there is anything green, there is hope. Just keep them humid and stable in an appropriate temp with good indirect light. I would resist the urge to water. A regualar misting is good. With the right conditions, the plants will to survive will kick in and activate some of those eyes.
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    I agree with the watering issue. Just mist/ spray. Need a high nitrogen feed such as 30-10-10, tonics/seaweed extract superthrive,hormone, these promote growth roots and leaves. Ive had a catt with no viable root system for best part of year. The storage supplies in few of the leaves have utilized thus slightly wrrinkled. Healthy signs of activity in the eyes of the leads. Roots will only come from new leads. Dont use any strong doses as you will risk harming the new roots. New grow season not far away and the lengthening of days, gradual inncrease in sun power, temps will trigger new growth. Catts are very tough and alot easier than some to regenerate. Dryness can encourage new growth somtimes. Keep away from sun avoid plant transpiring to much. warm well lit!

    Whole plant submerged in hormone bath 15- 30 minutes but no moss! priority conditions for protecting and guarding root development until self sufficient.

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    excellent addition to my advice. hehe and from the senioe Orchid folk here too hahahah! Let us know what happens in the next few months . I hope we get pictures . I have yet to get mine on board have to learn the software thing to do it ugh!! I do my attachments and had to learn that one! well till and next time deLadyBex

    You know the history of Catts being brought to England where they eventuall flourished was that they were used as packing material for other plants found ,admired and brough into vougue. When the Royal Green house keepers heard the stories of the fabulous flowers that were suppose to come from an unseemingly plant, it intrigued the greensmen. The natives used the plants not only for beauty but as an herbal rememdy and medicine as to how Vanilla was discovered at first.
    The plantsman then undertook to make unseemingly plant grow and then bring it into flower. It became a hit to out weigh the Tulip that was dominating the scene for a while there along with palm trees and Orangries in which tripcals grew and flourished very well, What a way to be discoverd in Europe huh?
    After this plant hunters went on orchid seeking trips to the tropics and back to South America along with lithographers and painters who painted and lithographed the beauties they saw . Along with painting the birds the lushnees fo the plants was painted and enjoyed back in Europe and it was treasured as Royal Gold and only back then did the Royals have fresh oranges fresh orchid and rare birds. It is an itersting journey of the orchid and when they were found here as Lady Slipper orchids it was antoher grand thing. Thankfull they are protected today but there were so m any more then what is rarely seen today. Most coveted Orchids are in collections sadly not in nature . It is being worked on and protected grasslands and swamps and ares where they grow all over the world in manyh protected ares and cloning and rasing from orchid seed in flasks has made an impact on us to the point we can all not own andf Orchid and even find them in supermarkets and chain stores and online. Just a very brief sunopsis of the terrific history of Orchids to share.
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    typo sorry synopsis is the correct spelling ugh I am not a good typist hahaha

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    thank you for all advise,during waiting for root hormone to come.i use "Honey theory" for root and left them in a tray,spray the leave ,let them in a dark area.i'll leave them until they have a new root before putting them in their pot.

    yesterday i have one that the root still o.k so i mount it on the tree and spray with the water.the green root response very well. here's the picture for the mounting catts.





    my poor catts



    all your advise made me release from the problem.thank you all again

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    Great News I never heard of the HONEY theory. But since Cinnamon is used on Orchids for virus why not HONEY for rot virus rot stoppage? Make sense to me.
    Your plants look better then mine did when I came back from my vacation, I only saved half of them.

    I have to go away again I will not depend on any saucer and tray mehtod now known.

    I am using a drip water treatment. A good cotton fibre rope and buckets of water and the rope within the pots for the plants to drink as needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deLadyBex View Post
    Great News I never heard of the HONEY theory. But since Cinnamon is used on Orchids for virus why not HONEY for rot virus rot stoppage? Make sense to me.
    Your plants look better then mine did when I came back from my vacation, I only saved half of them.

    I have to go away again I will not depend on any saucer and tray mehtod now known.

    I am using a drip water treatment. A good cotton fibre rope and buckets of water and the rope within the pots for the plants to drink as needed.
    dlb

    for honey theory,they're using for root hormone in cutting tree,so i just keep a try in orchid. today my root hormone came and i just made a bath for them.later on i'll put them in the same plate.hope they all survive..


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    Hope it works out for you, Kitty.

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Hope it works out for you, Kitty.

    cheers,
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    thank you Bruce.keep finger cross for me.i'll post update later./Kitty

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