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New orchid almost dead

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    ladybug6 is offline Junior Member
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    Default New orchid almost dead

    Hi.
    I'm a proud owner of 5 orchids.
    Bought 2, other 2 saved from work and the new one I got it as a gift in July.

    I'm no expert but the first 4 are happy and fine. One of them even rebloomed last winter.

    The new one is another story. As soon as I got it in the beginning of July it started to loose flowers. I thought it could be because of the change of place so I sprayed a small amount of water 2 or 3 times a week.
    It looked ok until I left for holidays and the plants where under the supervision and care of a friend.
    In just one week the orchid lost all flowers and leaves.
    I have taken it out of the bark and it still has green roots.

    My first question is... is it still alive?
    What should I do?
    I know it won't be easy but I really want to save this orchid.

    I have left it in the plastic container without bark waiting to see what to do next.

    Can you please help me?
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    A picture of this orchid would help.

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    Hello and welcome!

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    Hello and welcome. posting picture would help. some orchids are deciduous and quite natural to loose the leaves.

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    This is the picture of the orchid when I got it



    This is the picture I did yesterday


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    Im not an expert but i think this orchid is already beyond the point anything can help it. Sorry.
    Looks like it lost leaves to some sort of rot ( crown rot or other) maybe whoever was taking care of it spayed it too much and water was staing in a crown and this led to crown rot. Since it wasn't noticed quickly rot went even farther to the roots. The end of roots still look green but as far as i can see on picture none of them have healthy velomen close to the stem . Someone in this forum was saying that if roots have healthy ends they still do the job. In my experience those roots eventually died off.
    If you decide to try to save it i guess it should be socked in some sort of fungicide or maybe physan 20 to kill rot and than care for roots if you would for whole orchid. Maybe it will put up keiki. But it can take upto few month...
    Sorry again for your orchid

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    I have to agree with Svetlana. Looks gone. If it, by some small chance, did grow a keiki, it would be a couple years at least, for a chance at flowers.

    Go buy a new orchid and take this experience as a learning experience.

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    concur with Svetlana and Harvey. buy a new one and at the same time attempt recovery by soaking it in physan and put some sphagnum moss and spray water on a daily just enough to wet the moss and hope for a keiki (baby plant) from the roots.

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    Nothing much you can do the base of the old spike also is not that healthy just a matter of time.

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    I have an Epi Mabel Kanda that whn given to me had no roots! If I cut just below a pb and use rooting hormone will it grow any roots?

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