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Ohhh shoot.... fungus or something!

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    I feel tricked! The junk in the bottom 3/4 of the pot was like gardening soil - it was all mushy deep dark dirt! The top was such nice small potting mix that I didn't want to repot it. That'll teach me! ARGH!

    Sorry this pic isn't very good, but I'm just not a small details picture taker yet. I need to learn....


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    that does not look good

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    We are being flooded - 7 inches of rain in one day. There is no cooking on my not too sunny shelf on sunny days - so certainly not now LOL!!!
    The black was dramatic - appeared fairly quickly. It doesn't feel any different than the rest of the green leaves. It's just as firm. The black is down inside - right after the bulbs. And then the top of that one leaf. I know nothing about orchid infirmaties, but it acts like a virus or fungus or something - but it's not rotten - it's just spreading. Fairly fast.
    And yeah, I was sure it was trash, and I hope it never spread to my other orchids. I just thought this could be a learning experience - if I could know what it is and what happened, that would be cool....
    I thought it was in great looking potting mix - the top was so nice.... Live and learn. Can I say it's the seller's fault again????

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    Just what I thought. Crown rot because the medium was too wet. The roots got rot first then the crown. I doubt we could do anything. So far this year when the weather gets warmer during the last month, I have had 3 plants with crown rot already. One is a total goner. Another one, I cut it into many pieces and hope a few pieces would survive (I checked last weekend, well, maybe at most one! there is no hope for the rest!), one I pulled it out of the pot and just let it hang suspended in the air to dry it, maybe it will recover. Just hope I don't get many of these this year.

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    Cut that complete bulb off , you might have to go right back to the next bulb to get clean green plant tissue.Repot the what is left of the plant keeping the
    ryzohom at the surface and in a pot just big enough for the plant.Then treat as is mentioned above

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    This is a Blc. orchid. It has 3 bulbs with one leaf sticking out of each one. They all have black - one just the whole top of the leaf, but I think the bulb may not have black. The other 2 bulbs have black on / in the bulb and coming out onto the bottom of the leaves. And it has one smaller bulb with no leaf - it looks sort of like it was cut off - or maybe that's how they product leaves? The small one has no black...
    I would like to try to work with it - if you all are sure it's not going to spread to my other orchids and if there is any chance in heck I can fix it...
    I can leave it out of potting mix for a bit to dry it out?
    Should I cut off all the roots? They are all icky not worth saving.
    I'm not sure what leaves and or bulbs to save (if any....)

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    it sounds like it will not survie.If all the bulbs are black around the base there may be no viabile eyes for new gowth.You could cut all the roots off and give it a try ,but I dont like your chances

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    The rapid onset suggests it's beyond a mere culture problem. To develop that quickly, something like rot has taken hold, and it looks terminal. I'd say it's a goner.

    I always repot on delivery. Often, but not always, plants in bloom as well. That dirt underneath, nice potting mix on top trick is one I usually find with plants from the box stores, but unfortunately greenhouses do it too.

    This is why I encouraged you to avoid bargains from no-name sources and choose from reputable growers instead. Bargains are alway tempting. But it hurts too much when the plant up and croaks on you. And then the bargain is a loss anyway.

    Sorry for that, Kirstie! I know it hurts!

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    I know you're right Julie.... I know.
    BUT I have a different view. It's cool to make mistakes or have things go wrong with cheapies - so I can ask, see, learn... AS LONG as it doesn't affect all of my plants. That's a chance I'm not willing to take. And since I don't know what real and horrible problems look like, it could be a chance I just should never take.
    I guess boiled down, I should avoid chances, since I know nothing. And order perfect plants from perfect sources.... Course, I could screw up, or even the perfect sources could make mistakes - and then I'm out even more money haha!!!
    Know what I'm going to do? Quit analyzing! I'm going to leave this one away from the others in some orchid mix (no spagh) and see what happens with my usual care. If it dies, I'll throw it out...
    And I'm plotting an order.... wanna help? hehehe...

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    Hey Kirstie,

    I'm not preaching - honest! I just know how hard it is to see stuff up and die when you're not at fault! Don't worry, you'll make mistakes; we all do. That's how we learn.

    But there are bargains available from good growers. I can point you to one right now, if you'd like. I also have some plants for you to experiment on!

    But don't fret - you're spotting problems quickly, asking good questions, and taking advantage of other's knowledge. Those all the hallmarks of good growing! You're there and moving up the learning curve quickly!

    Julie

    PS - Don't forget good air flow helps combat rot.

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