Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 8 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 80

please help me... in trouble, sick Moth Orchid

This is a discussion on please help me... in trouble, sick Moth Orchid within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Dear Orchid friends, Three days ago, I rescued two beautiful Moth Orchids from being thrown ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Real Name
    Sharon
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever the Universe brings!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    79
    Member's Country Flag

    Unhappy please help me... in trouble, sick Moth Orchid

    Dear Orchid friends, Three days ago, I rescued two beautiful Moth Orchids from being thrown away. They where gifts to dear friends, but unfortunately the gift wrap(plastic, tissue,ribbons) where never taken off the pots. So the poor orchids sat in this suffocating environment for some months. When I saw them, I noticed that a rotting smell was coming from them... So I asked if I could try and help them. First I unwrapped the pots, but the tissue had sunken in was smally, and stuck to them. Not knowing what to do, I put them in the sink with warm water (like hurt children) and soaked off the smelly tissue from the the plants bases, the "fluffy stuff", and the pots. They are now in the east windows of my room... trying to air out? Then last night, I noticed black smelly slime in the base of the leaves stem, on one of the Orchids. Then this morning its two lovely leaves let go, it was dark and mushy at the base? It still has one leaf, it still has a stem with two blooms. Both Orchids will soon loose their blooms ... I will cut them back? But its this one poor Orchid that so concerns me, is it dying, can I save it... what should i do? I am a poor and humble Zen student. I live at a Zen Buddhist Center, in Boston. I pray to them, they sit on my Alter with Buddha! Is this going to be a lesson in impermanance? I have always loved Orchids, but I dont know how to maintain them... please help me save them?
    Last edited by Original flower; July 11th, 2008 at 03:30 PM. Reason: spelling

  2. #2
    Ron-NY is offline rothaholic
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Saratoga Co. New York
    Posts
    6,922

    Default

    welcome...is the base of the plant black and mushy? Were there any viable roots? Let me know and I will advise on how to try to save these, if they are not beyond being saved.

    The GBBCC has the best vegetarian food I have had in quite some time.

  3. #3
    Real Name
    Sharon
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever the Universe brings!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    79
    Member's Country Flag

    Red face viable roots?

    Hi Ron, thank you. No the base isn't mushy or black...yet. Viable roots... there seems to be alot of roots going on in there. I have taken some of the spongey stuff out to let some air in... and don't smell any more rot.

  4. #4
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    33,846
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I am so sorry to hear about these orchids. Good for you trying to save them. If you can post a photo of the plant and roots, please do so. Cut the flower spikes off now. They only pull energy away from the plant. Good luck.

    Cheers,
    BD


  5. #5
    Real Name
    Sharon
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever the Universe brings!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    79
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Cut the fowers off!

    Alright... think I am going to cry. I will try and find a camera to take some pictures. Please have patience with me, I am so new to this.

  6. #6
    Real Name
    Sharon
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever the Universe brings!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    79
    Member's Country Flag

    Default My Poor Orchid...

    Did it, cut off the flower stem. Now she is just a leaf and lots of squiggly roots? I won't be able to get the camera right away.... what should I do for her in the mean time?

  7. #7
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    33,846
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Let her roots dry out a bit so that she recovers from the rotting environment. Keep her out of direct sunlight. In a day or so, you should run water over the roots and then let them air dry. Once we get a look at the roots situation, better advice can be offered. I would suggest potting her up, but better wait until we have a look.

    PS: Put the flower spike in a vase of water. It will last a long time like that if not already damaged.

    Cheers,
    BD

  8. #8
    Real Name
    Sharon
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Whatever the Universe brings!
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    79
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I can replant the spike? It has two blooms on it, I put it in a vase and the "little faces" are so pretty. I will write back when I have pictures, thank you so much! Blessings, Sharon

  9. #9
    Brutal_Dreamer's Avatar
    Brutal_Dreamer is online now Dreaming with my eyes open...
    Real Name
    Bruce Brown
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Cattleyas & Slippers
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    33,846
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    No, the spike will not replant, but it will last awhile in a vase.

    Cheers,
    BD

  10. #10
    Ron-NY is offline rothaholic
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Saratoga Co. New York
    Posts
    6,922

    Default

    Yes, remove the flower spike, you can put it in water and leave it on your alter.
    Keep the medium damp but not wet. Leave the plant in shade but in an area of high humidity until we sort this out for you.

Page 1 of 8 123 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. why are my leaves going yellow (moth orchid)
    By howardcshaw in forum Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: October 28th, 2009, 03:28 PM
  2. My moth orchid have problem help me
    By Green Lover in forum Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: September 19th, 2009, 08:55 PM
  3. White moth orchid
    By mothgirl in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: December 15th, 2007, 03:34 PM
  4. Moth Orchid
    By cheycheys in forum Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: December 4th, 2007, 06:19 PM
  5. Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid (Moth Orchid)
    By admin in forum Orchid Forum Articles
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 22nd, 2007, 07:14 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.