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Phrag/Paph disaster !!!!!

This is a discussion on Phrag/Paph disaster !!!!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Accidently very over fertilised my Paph & Phrags Mixed up a bottle i,d mixed for ...

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    Default Phrag/Paph disaster !!!!!

    Accidently very over fertilised my Paph & Phrags
    Mixed up a bottle i,d mixed for a friend to be watered down 12.5 to 1 with a bottle of rain water.
    Haven,t really checked the plants much for a few weeks & was surprised to see a little bit of rot on the base of 1 of my Phrag seedlings so i gave them a spray with Dithane.
    Went to water them Monday & about 6 Paph seedlings & 2 Phrag seedlings were in a real bad way.Even though the leaves were green they just fell out with the gentlest of tugs.
    Repotted all the plants i,ve had recently .Phragenstein & some of my bigger/older Paphs seem fine but i,ve really leached the pots just in case.
    Only realised what i,d done when he returned the bottle i gave him , normally i have a printed skull & cross bones on the bottles that are not to be used on my plants & i found the 1 with the skull & cross bones in my growroom.
    I must have had terminal brain fade.

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    I am really sorry, know how you feel , I did something like it year before last , grabbed a tablespoon measure instead of a teaspoon . Some of them ended up with leaf tip burn .
    It sounds like you have done all you can to get the Fert. out of the mix .Gin

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    Sorry to hear that! Don't know what else to say besides "Doh!".

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    Oh no! Hate it when that happens.


    Hopefully most will recover for you, Steve.

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    Lost another Paph ( Rachael Anne Booth)this morning , i,m going o repot the ailing one,s into bark for now , as keeping the roots permantently wet in s/h won,t probably help them .

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    How horrible to watch them croak slowly, one at a time. So sorry for you!

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    Steve, if it's really an over-fertilizing issue and not some kind of rot issue (the growths pulling out at a little tug makes me think rot has set in...) you might try unpotting things and soaking them completely submerged in warm fresh water for several hours. That will help them absorb more water to counteract the poisonous dose.

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    Basically i think the roots have been burnt so bad that they,ve died & rot is spreading from them upwards.The larger plants(Paphs) have descent roots in the upper parts of the pots so i,m hopeful they,ll be ok.

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