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GIVEN SICKLY ORCHID

This is a discussion on GIVEN SICKLY ORCHID within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Today i was given this sickly orchid is it possible to save it. The orchid ...

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    Unhappy GIVEN SICKLY ORCHID

    Today i was given this sickly orchid is it possible to save it. The orchid seems to have new growth but this is not doing well also. The whole orchid plant is wiltid including the new growthI would love to save this orchid. I do not know much about orchids, with the research i have done this plant is not a baby. PLEASE if someone can give advice I WOULD LOVE TO SAVE THIS MATURE PLANT
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    If it was mine I would cut off the spike and trim up the leaves with sterile scissors. Knock it out of that pot trim up the dead roots and pot it in fresh mix. If the pot has drainage and you are going to use it again I would give it a good wash with hot water and soap. It will probably come back.
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    I agree with Cin, I would add that when you take it out of the pot you wash all the old media off the roots, try using a good draining media such as orchid bark to repot. Keep plant out of direct sun and water when almost dry. I would also use a clay pot to repot this plant. I think with clay you have less of a chance of overwatering and rotting the roots. Post a pic of the roots when you get them cleaned off if you can.
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    my cam died ): There was not much of the roots left but there is some roots can i use lava rocks to keep the orchid abit drier?

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    I'm not familiar with lava rock. Anyone else know the answer?

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    Stick with the orchid bark mix you get from the store for the phals. They like to be dry, but not all the way. They should still be slightly moist, not wet, when you water the next time. Lava rock would be better for dry catts and such.
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    I use lava rock a lot for all of my chids. Sometimes they really don't take to it and I repot in bark mix but usually they do fine. It is all a matter of how much you want to water. With lava you have to water a little more often but it does hold the moisture and salts too so you have to be careful if you have water with lots of minerals.
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    I had same problem as yours, and I repotted phal in a pure large sized bark. And it flowered 6 months after that!!!!

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