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Bare Root Plants

This is a discussion on Bare Root Plants within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a question for those of you who've dealt with bare root shipping... I ...

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    Unhappy Bare Root Plants

    I have a question for those of you who've dealt with bare root shipping... I got a couple of plants last Friday that were shipped bare root... and before that they'd been left to try and treated with fungicide, etc... Well, one of the plants (Pot Thi-ti 'Chanchai Gold') I rcvd looked as if it had been stepped on before it was shipped, and of course it hit the 2 newest growths, one of which had a sheath inside - bent 45 degrees, but I've carefully straightened it a bit...

    The leaves still have not stiffened even a little (unlike the other plant I bought with it) and now one of the old leaves has started turning brown and is totally dessicated looking. I checked the roots and they're ... well... the ones that started green and shrunken have this black-brown-green slime and some that came gray and hollow feeling are now feeling like rot is setting in.

    I followed the instructions and soaked the plants for a few minutes before planting in pre-soaked bark mix (with a little spag on top for moisture retention) and haven't watered since... The plants are back from an east window by a couple of feet to help keep them from overdrying. Theres an oscillating desk fan in the room about 8-10 feet away set on medium (the blooms on my phals wiggle a little as the breeze passes) and the humidity is around 45-49% since I got them.

    Thoughts? Ideas? I don't want to lose this plant and was very disappointed about the crushing it got - apparently prior to shipping... Pictures below from the day I rcvd them. I've actually thinned out the sphag since then...
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    Default And this is what it looks like now.

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    Did you get that from a guy named Bill???

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    I'm not sure I'd be accepting that kind of plant. It's just not good business practice to be sending those kinds of dilapidated plants.

    Which reminds me is there a website that rates/reviews orchids vendors, preferably also the ones in Canada?

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    I would talk to the vendor. Some vendors are willing to give replacements.

    I hope the damage is from the shipping and not from being bare root because if the vendor is not selling a poor plant to you that is just poor practice.
    In my experience haven't ever had damage that was like that and I had many shipments bareroot and travel time varied from 2 days to over a week.
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    Unhappy Yes...

    Yes, Diane. What have you heard? I'd have asked for opinions but....

    I've emailed him regarding both the shipping damage and the discovered root rot (and it was there on both plants). The C. Tainaka I got had a squishy gray pseudobulb on the back leaf last night when I checked it - off that came.

    I'm very disappointed that this is happening and don't plan on buying any other bare root plants shipped in this fashion again.

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    Did you get that from a guy named Bill???

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    I think I know where you got those....

    It only takes one order from them to realize they send out crap in a box. Three years ago I got a small order from them that made it to the trash in less than a month's time.

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    So my hopes of getting any kind of reply from them are probably slim and none. *sigh* What a crappy waste of money and time... Maybe I'll get lucky and save these... maybe.

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    Please contact each other and verify that you are talking about the same orchid dealer, and let us know. Sorry about your purchase. I purchased 4 bare root plants for a large home improvement store, but I could see the roots, and they and the roots and leaves look fine. This is the scary part of buying site unseen. Who to trust?

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    I think Clint and I are probably talking about the same vendor - a big auction guy. His "drying out, treating and sending bare root" stuff is usually garbage. If you are curious as to who I am talking about, pm me.

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