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This is a discussion on HELP ME PLEASE!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I am a new orchid owner and I have some problems. I bought these from ...

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    jooms is offline Junior Member
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    Saint Louis

    Unhappy HELP ME PLEASE!!

    I am a new orchid owner and I have some problems. I bought these from a girl who rescued them because they were getting burned. I took compassion on these poor creatures and currently have 6 plants waiting for the magical touch that I don't have. I have 2 dendrobiums that have many stalks and on the tops of them are woody nubs. Also on one the roots are above the bark. The leaves are turning yellow although they are not in the direct sun. Do these have hope? can I save them? Also I have 4 Phalenopsis plants. Only one has a flower which is a weak looking flower that is now starting to shrivel. There appears to be a bud forming, so what should I do for these? A couple of these also have the woody nub at the top of the stalk. Does this mean the stalk is dead? Also a couple of them have dark spots on the leaves. What can I do to save these poor plants. Also can anyone tell me if you can post pics of the plants. That might give someone a better idea, just let me know how to do this. Thanks
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    WolfinKW is offline Wolf - I bite but only when asked.
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    The phal looks fine, don't forget to let it dry a little before watering it. over watering kills more plants than just about anything else. The Dens look fine to me, you can trim back the bloom spike on the one on the right back closer to the plant so they don't get stuck on things and tiped over. The yellowing leaves on the Dens look to be normal leaf loss after burning or even time. I have a couple of dens with older canes which don't have any leaves. sorta like really old humans have no hair... Other than that welcome to the adiction.

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    What Wolf said...trim them up a little, and be sure to use a sterile blade or tool for each plant. Never trim another orchid after trimming the first without sterilizing the tool, or using a clean one. Orchids can carry disease (viruses and bacterial rot) that can be easily transmitted through an open be careful. I use one single edge razor the paint dept. of home stores...for each plant, then discard.

    You may want to check the roots on those may be time for repotting. If the roots are brown and mushy, remove the rotted ones, rinse clean, and repot. I would recommend repotting them similar to the a pourous clay pot with some good quality, long fiber sphagnum moss. Don't pack the moss too tight, or too loose...water thoroughly, and allow to dry to almost the crusty stage before watering again.

    You'll get differing opinions on potting if you're serious about growing'll have to go through a trial and error phase...and eventually you'll figure it out. Different mediums work well for diffrent growing conditions and there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to orchids. As wolf said, overwatering kills...and a short dry spell encourages roots to grow in search of water. You'll just have to learn when to water, and when to leave them alone...Good luck...

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