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Phalaenopsis bud blast issues

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis bud blast issues within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; If it were me seeing the situation that you're in, ROOTS ARE MUSH AND BROWN. ...

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    If it were me seeing the situation that you're in, ROOTS ARE MUSH AND BROWN. I wouldn't wait any longer to re-pot.

    Here's the real question you should consider: If the orchid IS in bloom, do you wait and see if it opens up and enjoy the flowers taking the risk that the plant could completely rot out and die afterwards due to not acting any sooner?

    Or .. you can act now and eliminate the problem (which means cutting off all the blooms, rotted material) and re-potting the plant and have it survive a few more years? ps: You cut off the blooms so that it doesn't waste all it's remaining energy on the blooms, and concentrate it's energy in putting out new roots and leaves.

    Yes, you can try and re-pot and leave all the blooms on, but it's already in a stressed state and trying to deal with the blooms while trying to put out new roots and leaves can be too much for it to handle.

    It's regrettable if you're not able to enjoy the flowers that are about to open up (if they do), but then again, if you save the plant, you could have MANY more years of blooms. The choice is yours.

    To me ... it's a no brainer ... I would try and save it as soon as possible. JMO

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    I would agree with Kauaiguy, what buds you have will probably not be in the greatest of shapes with the bud blast you are getting on some of them. Saving the orchid is more important then waiting for the few buds you have bloom. Cut the spike off and repot as soon as you can. If you need help with repotting you can find many video's on YouTube that will show you what you have to do. Whatever you do make sure all you utensils are sterile before you start including the pot you will repot in.

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    I wasn't able to see the photo posted. Are all of the roots mushy and brown? If so you may do better leaving the orchid unpotted after you cut the roots off to let it dry out a bit overnight and then there are a few things you can do to encourage it to grow more roots.... If there are roots remaining follow the potting videos on-line or Kauaiguy's post about how he repotted. If the roots are all bad then I can walk you through what to do to try to save the orchid. I will also walk you through how often to water or what to do once I know what is left on the plant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kauaiguy View Post
    LOL Taci! That's why I advocate joining a club and a forum, because mistakes like these can be avoided. Where things can be discussed and be re-butted and come up with a logical solution. One person's opinion may not always be correct or they may be a better way. It's always good to hear/read may views especially from experienced people.

    A case in point: There's a well know gardening magazine that's been around for years, and when I first built a koi pond, I wanted plants in the pond to make it look prettier. The pond was just built and I went out and purchased some 200 baby koi and they were doing magnificently in the pond.

    All was well UNTIL ... I followed instructions in the magazine where they suggested putting a MANURE mixture with the soil which would make the water lilies bloom like crazy. ... and they were talking about FISH PONDS.

    HUGE MISTAKE! Within 4 hours it killed off more than 90% of the tategois (which is similar to kekies in the koi world). And the rest died even after I corrected the situation. BIG LESSON LEARNED. The problem? Pollution and Lack of Oxygen from the Manure!
    Oh wow! I am sorry that happened to you and the fish. Very sad. And yes my horror when I went to repot my phal and the media poured out like water. It was crazy. I happened to stop at a store on the way home and there were orchids from a company I have never heard of before. Anyway it had a care tag and I was shocked because it was the first sensible care tag I have ever seen on an orchid. It discussed reblooming and drop in temperature and how to cut the spike. It also gave a suggested time interval between watering and how to check to see if the plant was ready to be watered. I wish I had stumbled upon that one as my first orchid. Would have eliminated so much trouble.

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