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Vanilla Orchid Issue

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    Default Vanilla Orchid Issue

    I am a novice orchid grower but I like a challenge so I have a 1-year old vanilla orchid in my possession. It has been housed in a greenhouse and is now in my kitchen. There seems to be three vines in the pot and it is in potting soil. I noticed the new growth on two of the vines has been turning brown and withering. Any information on what may be causing this would be helpful. I have been watering it when dry and misting it most mornings. I have not fed it yet because I have had it for less than two weeks. Is it in shock?

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    Just an update - I figured out that the orchid did not like the chilliness in my house so I moved it to my art studio which is much like a greenhouse and very warm. Last week I noticed that it has started growing three new vines! I was thinking that new vines would start at the base, but they are starting much further up on each established vine. Thank goodness! I only lost about 6" on the longest one. One question - Should I clip the extra vine past the new growth?

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    If it's dry, I would leave it. If mushy, cut it off and dust the cut with cinnamon.

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    i'm assuming you mean the part left between the new growth and where the rot stopped, you don't need to cut that off at all and judging from your update pic it looks like there at least a node or two with healthy leaves and roots on the remaining section... if you wanted to, you could cut that off (dust the open cuts with cinnamon like Alla suggested) and pot it up lengthwise across some soil... never hurts to have a spare plant laying around and would make a great gift for any new orchid friends you make along the way ;-)

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    Thank you for the information. I will probably take a cutting from the longer one. There is at least 6" that can be "planted." What does the cinnamon do?

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    Cinnamon is a desiccant, so it stops rot by removing moisture from the affected area. It may also have some antifungal properties. People who attempt "The Cinnamon Challenge" don't realize how good a desiccant it is. If you don't know about The Cinnamon Challenge, you can look it up on YouTube.

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    Thanks! I will look it up.

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    Glad you found the issue with your Vanilla orchid.

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