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Sick Dendrobium

This is a discussion on Sick Dendrobium within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Sick Den... I purchased this Dendrobium online, I was buying a flask from an internet ...

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    Default Sick Dendrobium

    Sick Den...

    I purchased this Dendrobium online, I was buying a flask from an internet vendor. He was selling many discounted spiking random Dendrobium so I bought one.

    It came very sad... not very happy. It is big but almost all of its leaves were brown, and the others were greenish brown. in a few days all of the leaves were brown and fell off. It looks like this now. It was shipped bare root, as all his plants are. They usually are a little stressed, but this one was like death. The vendor is giving me a replacement, I am very happy with his quality.. The Dendrobium next to it is a Blue Angel X Jacquelyn Concert. The sick one is a Palolo Sunshine X Lily Ong (I may have that one wrong..).

    but what should I do with the plant? The canes are green on the bottom. Is it dead? No leaves and the canes feel very very dry up top. I would love to save the plant if I can.

    Any suggestions?? How do I heal this plant? Should I even try?

    Conditions: 71 - 78 degrees, 50-60 % humidity, I spray all my orchids a few times a day to make them happier. I've watered it several times as its been in my care a few weeks now. No fertilizer yet.

    Sorry for the quality of the picture, it was made with a camera phone.

    Thanks for everything, I've learned so much from this forum!

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    Do not water the plant and give it a misting as you are doing as it is going into its rest period. Come spring it will shoot away again.

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    Dends are like the Energizer Bunny! They'll play dead, but just go underground until conditions improve. Or they're fine, but happen to be a deciduous variety and drop all their leaves for their dry winter rest, as Murray suggested. Make sure it's the latter kind before you stop watering it.

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    I looked up Palolo Sunshine and it breaks down to....

    4 generations by seed parent to a Dendrobium mirbelianum..

    Is this a deciduous variety?

    I searched Pollon instead of seed and comes to a D. phalaenopsis.

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    Thanks, I will water it lightly and hope it pops back like the energizer bunny

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    Den. Palolo Sunshine has a lovely greenish yellow flower with a bit of antelope ears. It's made up of:
    34% schullerii
    17% phalenopsis
    16% discolor
    16% tokai (which gives the antelope ears)
    7% taurinum

    Your choices in the Lily department (there's no "Lily Ong") are Lily Doo, Lily Jay, Lily Nah, Lily Onisuka, Lily Yang, and Lilyan. If you think it's one of those, I can check that parent's pedigree as well.

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    Thats the reply I received from the vendor of its parentage.
    (I rechecked)

    Palolo Sunshine X Lily Ong

    Its doesn't matter too much. I hope it has ears!!

    Thanks so much, reading this forum has tought me so much! I'll keep you all updated as it recovers!

    My guess is probably Lily Onisuka, if "ong." is a misspelled abbrevation.
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    Either that or Yang are my best guesses.

    I don't know the sections of the genus Dend that well, but maybe Murray will recongnize something.

    Lily Yang is:
    47% phalenopsis
    12.5% aries
    12.5% schullerii
    12.5% taurinum
    9.5% tokai

    Not so different from the other parent, really.

    Lily Onisuka is 25% each of:
    taurinum, tokai, stratiotes and veratrifolium. I don't know the last species, but the first three are all antelope types.

    Well more data points - hope it helps!

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    that last species actual name is lineale and is form PNG with a size of large to giant (canes to 10' tall)and is an antelope type.
    These ones I dont know either taurinum, tokai, stratiotes and veratrifolium and also aries.
    All seem to be antelope types and want redued water over the winter rest with fert stopped,and started again with the onset of new growth(roots).
    I also looked thos up and could not find a Lily Ong.

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