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Help! Sick Cymbidium!

This is a discussion on Help! Sick Cymbidium! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by panam Ha! Ha1 Toni, it's a Brit-speak version of "Voila!" or "There ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    Ha! Ha1 Toni, it's a Brit-speak version of "Voila!" or "There you have it!"
    Oh I feel stupid now, lol funny stuff!

    Any Ideas on the cym. how do I save it? is it savable?

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    I think you have a good chance of saving the poor little puppy. There seem to be some good roots left in there. There are a couple good articles about repotting. It may take a little while to get back on its feet, but it will be worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by panam View Post
    I think you have a good chance of saving the poor little puppy. There seem to be some good roots left in there. There are a couple good articles about repotting. It may take a little while to get back on its feet, but it will be worth it!

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    Into the sink to get out all remaining soil and to trim dead roots.
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    After trimming roots, it probably needed more trimmed but I didnt want to take too much! I followed trimming with a rinse and then sprinkled with a root hormone.
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    Added the mixture of presoaked spag, bark, lave rock, and charcoal.
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    Back in its home in front of my window.
    We will see how it goes....

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    We've got our fingers crossed! It sure looks smaller, but those little babies look healthy. Keep us informed!

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    Thank you Patty. They do seem pretty healthy, no signs of any black in the center like the big one that was in there. I also took a cotton swab and stuck it down the center of them to get any water that may have gotten in there. I dont know if you are suppose to do that, but at this stage of the game I sure dont think it can hurt.
    Thanks again and I will be sure to let you know!

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    looks really sick! I did agree with Remo, but it didnt post...... anyway, i would still check the smell of the mushy leaves.....

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    Well, Toni...that poor cym really looks gnarly! I've seen some bad ones but this might be the worst so far. Ok, here we go...strip of everything but what is still green...In the center there it looks like you still have a pbulb that is trying like hell to hang on. Cut out everything from around that one pbulb and try and carefully pull the mushy rot away from the roots that are left...we know that something is left of the roots because it is trying to put out new growth. After you get all that gunk off, gently rinse off what is left of any viable growth. You should see a couple of greenish white roots and a pseudobulb or two (?) and that is what you will have to work with. I would treat it with an anti fungal agent if you have one. Physan 20 is good and should be available to you. If it were mine I would let it rest unpotted for a day to dry out...perhaps gently wrapped in some paper towels in the shade. Then try to repot it in the bark mix that you have ...one question...is the bark large, medium or small...because at this point we want to be able to get as much air to those roots once it is in the media as we can to try and give it a chance to revive itself. The coarser the mix the more air will have a chance to get in there. I think you mentioned that the mix had moss in it...get rid of the moss! We don't want the mix to hold much moisture at all right now...maybe later when the plant has started to recover and is stronger. On second thought, don't even wrap it in paper towels-just air dry it. After you've done that much we'll talk about the repotting. Bruce, and everyone else, please weigh in on this one please! Good luck, Remo!

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