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Orchids never give up....

This is a discussion on Orchids never give up.... within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; For those of you fighting a bacteria, bug infestation or just nursing along a sickie....here ...

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    Default Orchids never give up....

    For those of you fighting a bacteria, bug infestation or just nursing along a sickie....here are a few pictures.

    First; I recently purchased a big vanda, but it had a bad infection up top that was turning the new growth into brown icky mush. I did a hydrogen peroxide bath repeatedly over a few days. I also sprayed the plant down, roots and all with hydrogen peroxide and water. Then I gave it a couple applications of fertilizer water with honey. A few short weeks later and as you can see the affected leaves grew out nicely and a third new leaf is now growing as well.

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    These shriveled up roots are attached to a terete vanda I bought at the VA greenhouses. I was going to cut off the "dead" shriveled roots...now i'm glad I didn't.

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    I advise new growers to never throw a "dead" orchid away, as often they still have the potential to throw a keikei. This dendrobium is the perfect example. It's been looking dead since this past winter...but today as I was taking pics of my vanda's for my records I found two interesting little things on a seemingly dead cane. I also have a phal throwing keikeis off a stump that should not be producing anything as the plant had crown rot. Yet there are three new keikeis growing nicely. If you have a plant looking dead I always suggest you put it somewhere it can get shade and humidity. As these plants show, orchids are tough.

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    Wow! Forget Dr. Dolittle - Look at you go with these orchids!! I think you know their secret language. Congratulations on these fabulous saves. I'm really glad that vanda turned around - it's just too magnificent to even think about losing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    For those of you fighting a bacteria, bug infestation or just nursing along a sickie....here are a few pictures.

    First; I recently purchased a big vanda, but it had a bad infection up top that was turning the new growth into brown icky mush. I did a hydrogen peroxide bath repeatedly over a few days. I also sprayed the plant down, roots and all with hydrogen peroxide and water. Then I gave it a couple applications of fertilizer water with honey. A few short weeks later and as you can see the affected leaves grew out nicely and a third new leaf is now growing as well.

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    These shriveled up roots are attached to a terete vanda I bought at the VA greenhouses. I was going to cut off the "dead" shriveled roots...now i'm glad I didn't.

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    I advise new growers to never throw a "dead" orchid away, as often they still have the potential to throw a keikei. This dendrobium is the perfect example. It's been looking dead since this past winter...but today as I was taking pics of my vanda's for my records I found two interesting little things on a seemingly dead cane. I also have a phal throwing keikeis off a stump that should not be producing anything as the plant had crown rot. Yet there are three new keikeis growing nicely. If you have a plant looking dead I always suggest you put it somewhere it can get shade and humidity. As these plants show, orchids are tough.

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    Are you sure that last one is throwing a keikei? I had one just like that, and it would spike on the apparently dead canes. They look too rounded for a keikei. I suppose time will tell

    As for the vanda, well done!

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    Well done and thanks for sharing your techniques. People like you make this forum the greatest!

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    Hmm...if those are flowers i'll crack up. This thing has been dead looking for some time. I was using it to sit a cracked pot onto so the little keikei would get lots of moisture. Gotta love orchids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    Hmm...if those are flowers i'll crack up. This thing has been dead looking for some time. I was using it to sit a cracked pot onto so the little keikei would get lots of moisture. Gotta love orchids.
    Well if it blooms, it should keikei not long after. Mine had a keikei on almost every single cane!

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    Nice orchid care, Connie!! I already knew you were amazing though. Excellent patience you have!

    cheers,
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    Well done with that big vanda!!! Love your attitude.

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    Impressive, particularly since my first flush of successfully blooming orchids is most definitely over, and I have all kinds of aesthetically-challenged pseudobulbs and limp leaves around. Thanks for extra push not to give in to the urge to throw them away -that's exactly how I've been feeling about a catt I burned the leaves on, several phals that just gave up the ghost, and a noid dendrobium with only the one cane that spiked already looking like it's at all viable. Patience has never been one of my virtues, and I think it's about time I start to cultivate it - time to quiet down that immediate gratification voice in my head!

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