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Sick Cattleya - Help

This is a discussion on Sick Cattleya - Help within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have had several of my cattleyas turn brown at the base of the stems ...

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    I have had several of my cattleyas turn brown at the base of the stems and then the leaves die and eventually the whole the orchid dies. I have included a picture and am hoping someone can tell me what it is and advise so I can save my remaining plants and avoid this problem in the future.

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    Looks like a rot and looks like a goner. Unpot it and check if there are any salvageable pseudobulbs (green and hard). if nothing discard and burn if required.

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    Agree with Sriram on all points. Are you removing the old medium and only repoting when you see new root growth?

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    Please unpot it, shake out all the medium and check to see if there are ANY good roots left. Good roots should be plump green or white, not dried brown, black or mushy.

    Would help if you could post a picture of what's left. I have saved some that are pretty bad off but it's a hit and miss situation.

    But let's start here.

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    It's kind of hard to see in that image, but it looks to be rather deeply potted to me...maybe not.

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    My best guess is that the medium hasn't been changed in a long time and has broken down to the point where there is now fungus amongst the deteriorated material which is causing the root rot. Hopefully, there are enough good roots left where she can try and revive the orchid. But we do need to see what the root ball looks like before anyone can give any further advise on what to do.

    This has to be done asap if it's not already too late. Black rot is a nasty thing to deal with.

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