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I hate that horrible rot!

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    Default I hate that horrible rot!

    Today, I checked my onc plant and the biggest growth, over 4 inches long, is rotten (again, for the second time on the same plant)! The base is light brown. I touched it and it was squishy, sticky, disgusting, and smelly. Then with a light tug all the little leaves fell out since their bases were rotten too. Now I cut the remains of the growth off, and put on cinnamon. Even as careful as I can possibly be, I still can't guarantee that the growth remains perfectly dry during watering. How far should I go--wipe the orchid with a towel every time I water? Seriously, though, I have no growth... Darn! (I just feel awful for my poor orchid...)

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    Lily, if those kinds of rots are happening frequently, that's usually a sign that you're either watering too late in the day or you don't have enough air movement against your plants.

    Try watering early in the morning so the plant has a chance to dry off before nightfall, and set up a little tabletop fan a few feet from your growing area that can stay on all the time.

    I'm all for "home remedies" like cinnamon if they work adequately for you, but if you're having bad rot and fungus problems, you may just have to break down and spray with something like Cleary's. The stuff can be damned expensive, but it works.

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    Hi , If you can't get the Clearys which is the best , try removing all rot and use straight peroxcide on the area that the rot showed up on , then coat the cut areas with vaseline to keep wet out . If it is the second time rot has destroyed a new growth check the bulbs , it may be systemic , in the bulbs . If the plant has a lot of bulbs and the problem was from the same bulb remove it . Sorry about the trouble , Cinnamon works ok for minor problems but does not do a lot for stubborn rot . Gin

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    Really Vaseline? You're kidding, really? I would have thought that would keep the wound open and moist. Seriously, has this worked for folks? I'm just intrigued. Thanks.

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    Not kidding ,Vaseline is grease , repels water , ever tried to wash a grease spot off your shirt with water ? lol . Some people use an antibiotic salve don't know if it is any better or not . I just use Vasaline . Gin

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    Cool. I only asked because I've tried the salve before but some folks wondered if perhaps the salve would keep the wound wet and therefore open and susceptible. I recently had to treat a few plants and used cinammon rather than any other sealant. Was thinking about that. Or the new liquid band-aid stuff (can I just say, that stuff is amazing, well, on your skin at least).

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    Good idea about the liquid band aid . Have heard of people using a sodering iron on the cut . The last time I had rot was an intergenetic I had to close to a humidifier Gin

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    What is Cleary's? I've been having a problem with rot on some of my plants & need help!

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    It's a fungicide, and not cheap - you can google it and find the prices. There are other fungicides on the market too. I have not had any major problems, especially with rot, but I use Physan 20, not only as a treatment but about once every 6 weeks as a preventative. (also on new plants I receive). I haven't tried any of the others - Captan, etc.

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