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Rot--can I just cut off the plant base?

This is a discussion on Rot--can I just cut off the plant base? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hey guys. I read somewhere not to use too much cinnamon since it inhibits root ...

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    Hey guys. I read somewhere not to use too much cinnamon since it inhibits root growth, as well as get rid of fungus. Does anyone have any informations on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by salvador1970 View Post
    Hey guys. I read somewhere not to use too much cinnamon since it inhibits root growth, as well as get rid of fungus. Does anyone have any informations on that?
    Check out this cinnamon test LJA did. Read from Post number 13 on...

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    hi, thanks. I like the idea of the container and just dipping. I guess I get to find out today, since while I was at work yesterday the wind picked up and knocked over my plant so now I have some broken leaves. Oh, and yes I have put it in a better spot.

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    Only thing I know it does, is perk up droopy baby chicks when sprinkled on their mash . Gin

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    Hey there. Just thought I'd update the post. I did cut off the base of the plant--right above all the rot and at an angle. The plant is doing really well. Has sent off new roots, the leaves have perked up and the rot seems to be gone for good.

    I should add that after I cut off the bottom of the plant--I sprayed it with a fungicide and I planted the whole thing so that the base was out of the growing media--to discourage additional rot. So all in all, this has been a success. The plant won't bloom this year, I'm sure. (If it tries, I'll cut the spike) but hopefully next year! Thanks for all the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky15349 View Post
    That's a good question - my only concern would be that since they say that cinnamon is desiccating in nature, that perhaps Cassia bark might have the same effect? Or maybe, since its bark (as opposed to ground cinnamon) it might not dry things out too much, but still deter rot. Someone should try this!!
    Go for it Becky lol.

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    Awesome Sadie!! I'm happy to hear it is doing better - and I think keeping the previously rotted area out of the media was a great idea!! Nothing like fresh air to keep rot at bay Thanks for letting us know how it is doing, I'm always happy when people update their posts.

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    Glad to hear the rot is gone.

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    Very inspiring Sadie, I currently have a phal on "life support" as well, hoping it will pull through and I am motivated to see it can be done!

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    I have one or two phals that have recuperated from rot. I choose not to tease them if they have new leaves or roots, because sometimes forgotten rot can "revive", if you consider the fact that that specific part of the plant is kept moist all the time, so a new cut at that part, even though you treat it with cinnamon or sth else, could be dangerous, IMHO :>

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