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Giving up on my Mokara vanda. Help!!!

This is a discussion on Giving up on my Mokara vanda. Help!!! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I agree with everything that has been said so far. It does look dehydrated but ...

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    I agree with everything that has been said so far. It does look dehydrated but you should have the near perfect environment for it. If you don't have sphagnum some people use a plastic bread bag sleeve tied loosely over the roots to hold more moisture.

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    Actually, if the leaves are lost quite quickly, then it could be fusarium.
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    Things haven't turned out very well. Leaves keep falling off and continues dehydrated no matter what, so I have put it in a bag with water in a container, no contact with the roots to see if by condensation it gives new ones and new leaves. I don't know if the stem should be green or woody but at the end, it is woody.

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    I think you should make a cut in the affected stem. If it has a purple ring it must be fusarium. If so disinfect the knife and cut straight though the stem higher up. Repeat this until you cut through the stem and no purple ring appears. You can now try to save the upper unaffected part. But don't forget to disinfect between and after each cut. The antifungal agent that you can use is Cleary's 3336 or Thiomil.

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    Please keep us posted.

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    Yes keep us posted. It sure sounded as if you were dong enough to keep it hydrated.

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    After more leaves fell off and continue dehydrated II decided to put it in a bag with its roots in an empty pot, on a tray with water to give humidity, to seeif I can get new roots. Supposedly, with the few roots it has it would have been enough for the plant to be well, but I think even with green roots the humidity has't gotten up to the leaves. Here we have nothing to help eoots grow so I have to make my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizpallagi View Post
    After more leaves fell off and continue dehydrated II decided to put it in a bag with its roots in an empty pot, on a tray with water to give humidity, to seeif I can get new roots. Supposedly, with the few roots it has it would have been enough for the plant to be well, but I think even with green roots the humidity has't gotten up to the leaves. Here we have nothing to help eoots grow so I have to make my own.
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    At least you are trying, I do like you dedication in trying to save this one!

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    Hi. I cut the stem and no purple ring, but the youngest leaves at the crown ended up falling off. Now I have few roots and no new leaves nor the possibility of having them. The only thing to do is wait. See if a keiki forms. I doubt it but won't give up yet. I'll keep you posted.

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    Are the leaves going bad from the base of the leaf, or just overall? I just got a Mokara that looks about the same as yours, except its not so dehydrated. It's yellow and spotty and not very happy. I hope to save it... it has been slowly losing leaves about as fast as they grow. However, its low humidity here and the owner put a big wad of sphagnum moss around the roots, so that it was nasty wet when I watered it and hard and dry when I didn't. I removed most of the moss and just left a few strands to maybe help hold some moisture and put it where I can spray it several times a day. I'll be treating it with kelp tomorrow... we'll see! Good luck with yours!

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