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This is a discussion on Orchid Green leaves falling within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi there. I recently purchased a mini phalaenopsis orchid. The shop had it planted in ...

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    Hi there.

    I recently purchased a mini phalaenopsis orchid. The shop had it planted in the wrong soil so we repotted it using an Orchid Mix.
    Now about 2 weeks later, the flowers are falling off and today a green leaf came out. I assumed it was root rot, but when I checked them I don't really see anything wrong.
    Please have a look at the attached pictures and please advise me on what to do.



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    From the leaf that fell off, it looks like that it had crown rot. Maybe water get trapped at the crown after watering long enough for microbes to grow to cause the rot. If the roots are still good, I will soak the roots in seaweed extract/kelp extract then water and fertilize as usual because if the meristem is unharmed, it may produce keiki (side growth). Or you can also induce the nodes at the spike so by using keiki paste that it will produce keiki along the spike (remove all the flowers if you want to try this). Or if you think that it will take too much effort to revive it, you can always buy a new one.

    My question will be to what extend you will be willing to save your Phalaenopsis? That is for you to decide. It may take very long time (from my experience it took years) to revive an orchid and for it to flower again.


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    Thank you for your suggestions.

    I think the shop that I bought it from ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- are responsible for overwatering. It was also in sand when we bought it.

    I'll try my best to keep it alive, too sad to let it die

    Thank you again
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    I would agree with Azizan! Roots also look dry, should be a dark green in color.

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    The problem with using Kiki paste is that it is likely to cost as much as two new plants... unless there is great sentimental value, I’d buy the new plants, and discard this. Here speaks a grower who has killed plants by the thousand in nearly sixty years of serious growing : the poor plants discarded are forgotten. The good ones I replaced them with are a source of joy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey_08 View Post
    Thank you for your suggestions.

    I think the shop that I bought it from ---- Vendor information removed - see FAQs on Posting ---- are responsible for overwatering. It was also in sand when we bought it.

    I'll try my best to keep it alive, too sad to let it die

    Thank you again
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    Keep it at a warm place, with bright indirect light and good airflow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    The problem with using Kiki paste is that it is likely to cost as much as two new plants... unless there is great sentimental value, I’d buy the new plants, and discard this. Here speaks a grower who has killed plants by the thousand in nearly sixty years of serious growing : the poor plants discarded are forgotten. The good ones I replaced them with are a source of joy.
    Keiki paste is expensive but in 4 years, I only use about 1/8 of the tube. I kept it in fridge and it still works fine.

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    Thank you everyone.. I will try to find these items
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    Azizan said that in his experience it can take a very long time to revive an orchid in a bad state. I entirely agree. It can also take a lot of tries to get success with Kiki paste. If you enjoy all that kind of stuff, that is great. Me , I prefer to grow live and healthy orchids, and see the flowers, rather than run a hospital -or maybe hospice , for basket cases.
    It is quite interesting that you are happy to buy expensive Kiki paste ( which is still expensive, even if it lives in the fridge ! ) but don’t want to buy a new plant. The usual reason for people trying to revive dead or near dead plants is expense, but that doesn’t worry you, apparently. I find that curious. As they say in the north of England, there’s nowt as queer as folk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetman View Post
    Azizan said that in his experience it can take a very long time to revive an orchid in a bad state. I entirely agree. It can also take a lot of tries to get success with Kiki paste. If you enjoy all that kind of stuff, that is great. Me , I prefer to grow live and healthy orchids, and see the flowers, rather than run a hospital -or maybe hospice , for basket cases.
    It is quite interesting that you are happy to buy expensive Kiki paste ( which is still expensive, even if it lives in the fridge ! ) but don’t want to buy a new plant. The usual reason for people trying to revive dead or near dead plants is expense, but that doesn’t worry you, apparently. I find that curious. As they say in the north of England, there’s nowt as queer as folk.
    Undeniably true what you said. I did it so that I would learn something from it and so that the plant will not die in vain. At the end of the day, whatever happened I could say, " well at least I tried". So, no regrets later.
    I'll admit I have to google "there’s nowt as queer as folk".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azizan View Post
    Undeniably true what you said. I did it so that I would learn something from it and so that the plant will not die in vain. At the end of the day, whatever happened I could say, " well at least I tried". So, no regrets later.
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