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scars on dehydrated phals leaves

This is a discussion on scars on dehydrated phals leaves within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I received several dehydrated phals . I soaked them in tea overnight and they did ...

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    I received several dehydrated phals . I soaked them in tea overnight and they did not perk up. I see they have these weird scars on their leaves. I Have no idea what they are. Can anyone help? All of the severely dehydrated hals have these scars. Some are on the end tip if the leaves.... what is it? thanks!/Users/maryannwise/Pictures/orchid leaf_/untitled-1.jpg

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    They are just as you stated - scars, likely from prior mechanical damage.

    Tea is not a particularly good solution to try to rehydrate a plant. Plain old water is far better.

    If you really want to do the plant some good, add a good root-growth stimulant like KelpMax to the water, so the plant will grow roots to take up water better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    They are just as you stated - scars, likely from prior mechanical damage.

    Tea is not a particularly good solution to try to rehydrate a plant. Plain old water is far better.

    If you really want to do the plant some good, add a good root-growth stimulant like KelpMax to the water, so the plant will grow roots to take up water better.
    Thanks Ray, Whats your ppm recommendation for kelp max? I did a 25 ppm along with 100 ppm cal mag. How often for kelp max?

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    ALWAYS use KelpMax at 1 tablespoon/gallon (I have no idea what ppm that is). Anything less is probably a waste of time and product. The pH of the solution should never be allowed to exceed 7, so depending upon the particular cal-mag product, you may have decomposed it anyway.

    The normal application frequency is one time per month, but if you're goal is to revive a plant or rescue a rootless one, the thing to do is immerse it overnight it in the solution, then pot it up and water it in with it. Use the KelpMax solution for the next two waterings, making it three times total, and then return to the monthly application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    ALWAYS use KelpMax at 1 tablespoon/gallon (I have no idea what ppm that is). Anything less is probably a waste of time and product. The pH of the solution should never be allowed to exceed 7, so depending upon the particular cal-mag product, you may have decomposed it anyway.

    The normal application frequency is one time per month, but if you're goal is to revive a plant or rescue a rootless one, the thing to do is immerse it overnight it in the solution, then pot it up and water it in with it. Use the KelpMax solution for the next two waterings, making it three times total, and then return to the monthly application.
    ph was 6.1 with the cal mag kelp max solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryannw View Post
    ph was 6.1 with the cal mag kelp max solution.
    Great!

    Just out of curiosity, and knowing that TDS meters are quality variable, the next time you are going to use the KelpMax, can you please test the TDS of the plain water, then again with the tablespoon/gallon of KelpMax added for me?

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    TDS of my ro water is 19 and adding 1T kelp max per gal brought it up to 78 TDS

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    Thanks!

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