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HELP! Baby Dendrobium - no roots

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    Exclamation HELP! Baby Dendrobium - no roots

    So I received a baby den. lineale yesterday via mail-order and it practically fell out of his pot. After investigating I found that his roots were completely rotten (see picture: the little pile next to the plant is his roots), the plant itself looks alright, I guess. So I really want to save him.

    Please tell me if what I am doing is right/wrong and I would really appreciate any suggestions:

    -I got him set upright in moss in this clear plastic thing with no lid, on top of thin layer of orchid potting mix. (I'm hoping that the deep plastic pot will provide a little bit of a micro climate. I am thinking that if he grows roots I will repot him.
    -I am planning on misting him once a day. (no watering)
    -He is sitting 2-3 feet from a bright south-west window with no direct sunlight.
    -The room he is in is pretty large with good air flow.

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    I often have this problem with Phals...I have a habit of buying pretty NOIDs from a discount store (I can't resist a lovely $3 plant!), and often when I take the bags off, the plants flop right over because there's no healthy roots left to hold them in the pot! But as long as the plants have a couple of good roots left (which yours does!) I'm able to rehabilitate them without much trouble. I've seen plants fight their way back to health with ONE teensy root that's less than half an inch long!

    I usually prop my plants up in bark and daily mist whatever roots are left (I don't mist the foliage itself). When you mist, make sure those couple of healthy roots are getting nice and wet. If you mist those good roots each day, you'll likely see new roots shooting out pretty quickly!

    Just be careful when you mist that you don't have water sitting on the foliage for extended periods of time. You mentioned that the room has good air flow, but the plastic tub will act as a barrier, so the air flow around the plant is not going to be that great. You've created an environment that will keep humidity in, so any water that sits on the leaves probably wouldn't evaporate very fast...and rot and fungus can set in really fast in a very humid environment. When you mist the roots, the moss will get some moisture in there too, and this will raise the humidity in the tub significantly enough that I don't think misting the foliage is necessary.

    I could be wrong, though. I've never created a "micro-climate" for a rootless plant...I've always had great success with just propping the plants up in bark and misting the healthy roots daily.

    But the really good news is that you've got what appears to be an otherwise very healthy dendrobium, and they're some of the toughest plants I've ever seen. I have no doubt this little guy will rally and have new roots sprouting before you know it!


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    i have no choice but to agree whole heartedly with Jenn.....rinse with Physan or similar product...allow to dry.....repot in a smalllll pot .....no need for all that micro climate etc....dens are very resilient and hardy...are u seeing how healthy your foliage is? as well as the pseudobulbs!!! just keep buoyant and a nice cool air flow...it will catch up very quickly

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    Thanks guys. What you say makes a lot of sense. I did put him in a small pot as suggested. Fingers crossed...and thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olgs View Post
    Thanks guys. What you say makes a lot of sense. I did put him in a small pot as suggested. Fingers crossed...and thanks again.
    Good luck!! and Welcome to OrchidTalk!

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