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Amabilis is dieing...

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    Cindiras, what kind of orchids do you grow "in water"? I've always thought that too frequent watering was the cause of the roots lost.. As I've mentioned before after a month of journey I found this flower souking in water with lost of rotted roots..

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    the fuzz was sotf and grew not at the part of the root that is clinging to a piece of bark.. it was everywhere. nearly every Phal I have had those things on there roots.. but they didn't have them earlier..

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    hcubed, could it be velamen, you're talking about? I've read an article where I learned that a spongy covering on roots is called - velamen, it becomes greenish when watered and grey(or white) when it is dry

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    Velamen is indeed the name for the outer coating, but as far as I know not specifically those hairs.

    And I am really quite sure that the "fuzz" I am talking about is natural to the root and not mold. But maybe you are talking about something different in the picture....

    All I can say is that healthy phal roots do indeed sometimes have whitish fuzz/hairs on them. It is normal and causes the sticky effect of the roots, though it doesn't necessarily have to only be at the spots where it is actually sticking to something. The most green root in your first picture clearly exhibits these hairs, but like I said, are you possibly talking about something else in that picture?

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    I think we are talking about the same fuzz. But I just don't understand one thing: why not all the Phals have this fuzz, what is the cause that roots start growing it?

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    today I read about the fungus, saw some pics... I think my dear Amabilis has a fungus.. that's why its leaves become yellow and fear brown.. I also read that the treatment should be the following: put the plant into the fungicide and leave it for 2-3 hours, then let it drain. My friend gave me fungicide Previcur..I think I will try it today. Maybe it'll help..hope so.. What do you think? maybe you'd suggest something else?

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    Usually spraying with a fungicide is enough - soaking is not necessary. You should plan to retreat a few times. Your orchid lost a lot of roots. It is not surprising that it dropped its bottom leaves. This is normal. If you have not repotted this orchid yet, consider leaving it out of medium for awhile and misting the roots daily. Be sure to keep a fan on it so that the water drys off (the water that gets on the leaves). Put the orchid in a lower light area and keep it there for a couple of weeks. Never put cinnamon on your orchid's roots. This will dry them out. It is fine to use on a cut on a leaf, but never on the roots. I am not sure about the 'white hairs'. I will leave that up to the other phal growers to discuss as my phals (which are potted in small bark, sponge rock, coconut husk, and charcoal do not seem to have 'hairs'. The velamen is solid white on the 'air' roots and turns light green when I water. The roots inside the medium are pale yellow green/ white-grey green in color and are soft. Good luck to you, Jovita. Phal amabilis is a beauty when in full bloom. Hopefully yours will be fine.

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    thanks a lot Brutal_Dreamer, for your informative answer I did't treat my Amabilis with the fungicide yesterday, as I was waiting for more advice.. I left the orchid on a pot which stands in a bowl with water, but the Phal isn't toutching the water neither its leaves, nor the roots. I think this will give it humidity.. I put the bowl safely on the ground in a lower light area should I still mist the roots daily or the bowl with water will do the job? in the evening I will surely treat my Amabilis with the fungicide that I have been given. Could you tell me how often should I retreat it with the fungicide? And how many time would be enough?

    thanks a lot once again!!!

    I am realy happy to have found this forum and all of YOU - orchid lovers!!!! thank YOU ALL for sharing your experience!!! good day!!!

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    I would do at least three treatments to make sure that you have killed whatever the problem was. (One treatment every 7 days or so). I think the bowl of water is a good idea to add humidity, but keep an eye on the roots and make sure they don't start to shrivel. I would mist them early in the day if time allowed.

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    Thanks Brutal_Dreamer, I will do as you say I'll leave it on the bowl and I'll mist the roots every morning hope it'll recover good day!

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