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Broken pseudobulb, reconnecting/healing possible?

This is a discussion on Broken pseudobulb, reconnecting/healing possible? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just broke snapped a pseudobulb on a dendrobium in half. This was a currently ...

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    Default Broken pseudobulb, reconnecting/healing possible?

    I just broke snapped a pseudobulb on a dendrobium in half. This was a currently growing immature pseudobulb, and it was broken cleanly in half. I immediately pressed the two sides of the broken pseudobulb back together and wrapped some tape around it. Is there any chance that these two sides will grow back together? Since this was a growing psuedolbulb, maybe it's more likely to heal? Does anyone have any experience with this?

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    I had a den nobile fall off the deck railing and break off the top of a cane/pb when it hit the ground. I did nothing to try and reconnect them. I may have put a little cinnamon on the wound to protect it and it did fine. That cane had a small flowering this spring. Could have had more flowers on that cane but I was just glad to see it flower at all.

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    The Dendrobium is a Latouria, so it only flowers from the very top of the cane. If it doesn't heal, then I'll just have a useless stump of a pseudobulb I'm going to remain optimistic, and hope that it can heal back together. Plenty of other plants families will easily graft and heal stems together. It's done with fruit trees all the time. I had a Monstera, an arum, that I snapped a brand new growth off of. In that instance I taped the broken growth back on the plant with a splint, and it healed back together. I'm hoping this works with my orchid.

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    I think you have a good chance of it.

    Wishing you luck. It sucks when injure our 'chids!

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    I think you are just inviting rot to set in. There is no chance it will reattach.

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    I'll wait a few days, see how it goes, and post the results here.

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    Hmmmm in my experience, i would have apply fungicide or cinnamon on the exposed (wounded) cane.

    I had success with putting the broken cane in hydroponics. It grew some keikis.

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    Sad to hear that but is very less chance that they would heal them selves and join. It is a good opportunity for a new plant. I would suggest that you separate them and apply cinnamon on the mother plant and broken piece and keep the broken piece in sphagnum moss and it could sprout new keiki's

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    I agree with Sriram.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone.

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