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Thread: Newbie question: is this a starting point for stem rot?

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  1. #1
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    Dec 2020

    Default Newbie question: is this a starting point for stem rot?

    Hi all,
    again I might need some advise from you! I noticed a black "wound" on the insertion point of a dead root to the stem of the orchid (Phal) which is worrying me... can it be an infection? It doesn't seem to be spreading but I don't like the fact that is black and reading about stem rot made me question if that can be an option...
    Thanks for any help!
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    Ray Barkalow
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    Oct 2012
    Oak Island NC


    I'd have to see a broader shot to be maybe a little more definite, but as long as that's dry, I wouldn't be too concerned.

    You might consider dabbing a Q-tip in cinnamon powder at then onto that wound - being careful to keep it off the living roots - as that is a desiccant with pretty good antibacterial and antifungal properties.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2020


    Thanks for the tip!
    I will try the cinnamon treatment to be on the safe side and will continue to keep en eye on it...

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