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Seeking advice...Dtps. Sogo Manager??

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    Default Seeking advice...Dtps. Sogo Manager??

    Good Morning to All and Happy Memorial Day! Let's all remember our service people who keep us protected....and keep them protected too!

    I am in need of advice.....a few months ago, I bought several orchids from a lady who was selling out her farm, due to family illness. Since she was devoting time to her family, she could not take care of her farm.

    I tell you this as background to my photos of Elyse, which I just figured out last night is what I believe to be Dtps. Sogo Manager. I fell in love with the canary yellow flowers and when I brought it home, checked it out, re-potted, gave her some vitamins and all was well.

    As you can see in first photo, Elyse had two spikes, flowers and shiny green leaves. About a month ago, one of the leaves started to get "dimples" so I checked everything, no signs of pests, gave a little fertilzer and went on my way. About the time of the Redland show, another leaf showed "dimples" so I cut one of them off and brought it with me to get a second opinion on what it might be.

    Was told looks like crown rot so when I got home, I checked it out again and found that the medium was kind of slimy. Since it was almost done flowering anyway, I cut the spikes and un-potted to trim and re-pot.

    Well, as you see from the second pic, this is about all that's left of Elyse's former glory!

    There are a couple of "good" roots left and I desperately want to save her......PLEASE HELP!!

    I had cut off all the bad roots and dried her out and put loosely on dry sphagnum moss for past 4 days then two days ago, moistened moss lightly and put outside on shaded porch.

    Just checked now, had some light, white fuzzy mold on stem so pulled out of moss and drying out again! One of the root tips is a bit mushy so going to have to cut some off that too but still two long good roots left.....can she be saved?!?!?
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    Chandra, I don't know a thing, so can't help with this problem, but I sure hope you can save her. She's lovely and deserves all that TLC you've been giving her. Hopefully, she'll return the TLC in kind.

    Thank you for remembering our Vets, and what today is all about. I would ask everyone to also remember those who gave it all on 9-11-2001, for they too deserve to be remembered, even if the date is different, and especially my friends from the PAPD.

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    Thanks for the vote of confidence Anne, I'm hoping and praying!

    I have a very good friend in the Army who has been through a lot but keeps on giving so I agree, we need to remember, give thanks and blessings to those who are brave and courageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chandraluna View Post
    I have a very good friend in the Army who has been through a lot but keeps on giving so I agree, we need to remember, give thanks and blessings to those who are brave and courageous.


    I would repot that phal in a phal mix. You can get one from a box store. It needs time and patience. Don't let it stay too wet.

    Cheers,
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    Chandra, give those roots a soak in Hydrogen peroxide for several minutes, then repot your phal in large bark chunks, or clay pellots. or styrofoam packing peanuts, no sphagnum moss. The moss holds water too long for your watering habits, so rots out the roots of your plants. Soak the large bark pieces before potting your phal and go dor at least a week with no additional water. Then start checking every few days(poke a finger down into the bark about halfway- 2 inches- to see if it feels damp). If it is damp, don't water. If it is dry, set your plant, pot and all, in a deep pan of water, let soak 10 minutes, let the pot drain, then back it goes to wait another week or two before watering again. Don't water often, but when you do, use a lot of water. Kind of the opposite of the fertilizer instructions (weakly, weekly). I use time release fertilizer pellots in my orchids (1/4 tsp per pot) and don't use any fertilizer when I water.

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    Thanks Cin and BD, I did buy an emergency supply of medium bark mix from big box store as my orchid supply place is out of town on show.

    I will do the hydrogen peroxide first and then re-pot. I do agree with Cin that moss is not good for me, not just because of my watering habits but because of air circulation in our house. I bought a small fan and I've been using it in my "indoor nursery" (East facing closed in Florida room) because the A/C doesn't move the air enough for the moss. Elyse was on dining room table and while there was enough light, I don't think there was enough air movement.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope to bring her back to life! Thanks so much, I'm digging through other photos so will post some other stuff soon....

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