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HELP I am so disappointed in my Cymbidium

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    Default HELP I am so disappointed in my Cymbidium

    This is my first On-line purchase. I received the Cymbidium 2 weeks ago and decided to re-pot it today. It was in a huge wad of Sp. moss. After removing the moss I discovered that most of the roots were dead/dying. Is this normal?

    I read the instructions and it said to wait a month before re-potting. Have i voided the gaurentee? I i had waited 1 month I wouldn't have roots to pot!

    What should I do??????????

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    contact the vendor and let them know the condition of the roots.

    Re-looking at it, the new growth seems to have healthy roots. Let someone with more Cym experience than I give their input

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    I hope the vendor will work with you in some way, it looks like you have a few good roots in the last photo, it sucks to clean up someone elses mess, hope it works out with the supplier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    contact the vendor and let them know the condition of the roots.

    Re-looking at it, the new growth seems to have healthy roots. Let someone with more Cym experience than I give their input
    Ok sent pix of the roots to the vendor....hope they are remorse-ful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stateless View Post
    I hope the vendor will work with you in some way, it looks like you have a few good roots in the last photo, it sucks to clean up someone elses mess, hope it works out with the supplier
    Thanks, i shot off the pix, hope they are responsible...

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    I received a response from the vendor. They said that it was because the roots were in bark that they looked dark,(They were in sp. moss). And they said that it was normal for roots to die and put on new ones. Needless to say they are taking no responsibility. Seems to me the plant should have 75% healthy and 25% dead, not the other way around.

    I responded to them that i knew a dead root from a live one. And this was first on-line purchase having purchased from my society or shows, and I would think long and hard before I purchased on-line again.

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    katherine, i have to say i have had some really bad luck online, but more good luck over the years. i've really only received 3 plants that were beyond saving. and most of my orchids are online purchases. i have no idea why a person would ever pot a cymb in moss????? i live in a dry environment, but would never use moss on a cymbidium. and i do use it well for other orchids like oncidiums. cymbidium roots do tend to rot if kept too wet. it is one of the few orchids that really do need to dry between waterings. (many people say that for orchids they should dry out between waterings, but i find most like to be damp at least, not bone dry, vandas and cymbidiums being the exceptions in my book). i use a bark mix. commercial mixes for cymbidiums work just fine for me. watering twice a week, unless it is really hot outside. the plant will probably be ok though. it might need a year or 2 to recover from the repotting and root damage. remove the dead roots and pot it back up. it will recover in time. the rest of the plant is healthy enough looking. the older back-bulbs don't really need a lot of roots if the newer growth has enough. i never had cymbidiums regenerate new roots from back-bulbs. the new growth will need to carry the burden, so it could skip flowering this coming year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    katherine, i have to say i have had some really bad luck online, but more good luck over the years. i've really only received 3 plants that were beyond saving. and most of my orchids are online purchases. i have no idea why a person would ever pot a cymb in moss????? i live in a dry environment, but would never use moss on a cymbidium. and i do use it well for other orchids like oncidiums. cymbidium roots do tend to rot if kept too wet. it is one of the few orchids that really do need to dry between waterings. (many people say that for orchids they should dry out between waterings, but i find most like to be damp at least, not bone dry, vandas and cymbidiums being the exceptions in my book). i use a bark mix. commercial mixes for cymbidiums work just fine for me. watering twice a week, unless it is really hot outside. the plant will probably be ok though. it might need a year or 2 to recover from the repotting and root damage. remove the dead roots and pot it back up. it will recover in time. the rest of the plant is healthy enough looking. the older back-bulbs don't really need a lot of roots if the newer growth has enough. i never had cymbidiums regenerate new roots from back-bulbs. the new growth will need to carry the burden, so it could skip flowering this coming year.
    Thanks for the encouragement. I am sure it will grow. I just carry with me the naive assumption that everyone is honorable. You would think after 64 years I would know better. I would have been happier if they would have said, "so sorry', we will give you $$ credit on your next purchase or something.

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    Katherine,

    Cymbidiums are hardy plants, usually roots will die if you repot them. Cut all the dead roots, wash the plant and keep it dry for a day then pot the plant with suitable cymbidium potting mix, It will take time to send out new roots, so just wet the leaves and wet the medium once in a week. After repotting it will take some time to grow.

    For potting mix , i am not the good person to guid you because i lives in tropical region and my medium will not work for you . I am using charcoal and brickbats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raindeepak4u View Post
    Katherine,

    Cymbidiums are hardy plants, usually roots will die if you repot them. Cut all the dead roots, wash the plant and keep it dry for a day then pot the plant with suitable cymbidium potting mix, It will take time to send out new roots, so just wet the leaves and wet the medium once in a week. After repotting it will take some time to grow.

    For potting mix , i am not the good person to guid you because i lives in tropical region and my medium will not work for you . I am using charcoal and brickbats.
    Thanks, I cleaned the dead roots and potted it in Orchiata. It should be fine. I appreciate your encouragement.
    i have always dreamed of visiting India.

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