Orchids forum: Orchid help

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SpamAllan
Feb 12, 2018 3:40 AM CST
Hi,

My orchid had doing very well this year but I bumped it last night and three leaves fell off. On closer inspection the soil (or moss stuff) is very damp. It is winter here and my house is quite cold so I think it must have been wet for far too long.

On closer inspection lots of the roots have faded away, although some near the bottom of the pot are still plump and green. Worringly the the stem looks like a dark colour (see pic). Is there anything I can do to save it? Also can anyone recommend moss or bark for an orchid?

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Sam
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Ursula
Feb 12, 2018 2:55 PM CST

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My inclination is to say "mulch it" Smiling It looks like rot to me.

But, hi and Welcome! to the Orchid forum. We have a ton of information regarding Phals ( I would think this is what you have here) here in this sticky thread
The thread "Starting out with Phals/Supermarket Orchids" in Orchids forum
perhaps you might find it useful.

To your question bark or moss - I suspect the moss in your pot helped in the demise of your plant. It stays damp for long time, that's why many times vendors pot up their Orchids in Sphagnum to keep them moist during transit. I personally really don't like this stuff since it also needs to be replaced after ca 6 months and easily goes "south" and so do the roots.
Having said that, some people swear by Sphagnum. I would think it depends on your watering practices. My advice would be to use the appropriate size Orchid bark next time.
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SpamAllan
Feb 12, 2018 3:09 PM CST
Hi Ursula!

Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I didnt see the sticky until after I had posted, it is a fantastic resource!

I think bark might be more appropriate for me then! I'll see if it fades away and if it does I'll get a nice bark one instead.

Cheers,
Sam
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BigBill
Feb 17, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Sphagnum Moss is generally not a good media for some one new to orchids. Some type of bark mix might be a better idea.
I would suspect that your Phalaenopsis is suffering from rot due to too much water. But hey Welcome! to the orchid forums. There are numerous talented growers here and advice will be plentiful.
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sugarcane
Feb 21, 2018 2:55 PM CST
Help!
I have this Den. Hawaii Spectacular, that Jim gave me.
I don't like the looks of the base of these canes...

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There's 3 or 4 now with this.
So far it's only older back bulbs .. but I'm afraid it will spread.


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Each of the affected canes is putting out what I'm assuming are keikeis.
Any advice is welcome!
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BigBill
Feb 21, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Lindsey, that is some type of rot that you have going there. Maybe a root rot, I am not sure. I would unpot it and cut with shears and remove all bulbs along the rhizome until you get into clean tissue. Even if you have a single bulb remaining.
You can repot the healthy bulbs into fresh media, treating the cut.
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sugarcane
Feb 21, 2018 8:30 PM CST
Thanks Bill...I'll let you know how the surgery goes tomorrow.
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BigBill
Feb 22, 2018 12:44 AM CST
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SarasotaPatty
Mar 1, 2018 6:12 PM CST
I was repotting some of my orchids and found this white 'stuff' on some of the sadder looking ones...I can wipe it off for the most part, but it seems to be distorting the pbulbs, and making leaves fall off. Although this particular one has a nice new, pristine leaf on it. Shrug!

You can see it where an old leaf used to be, and then I spotted it just below surface when I pulled back some medium. Any idea what I should treat with? I have about 4 or 5 plants 'infected'.

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ardesia
Mar 1, 2018 6:22 PM CST
Mealies or some kind of soft scale? I would smother'em with a light, summer weight oil spray. You would have to repeat it several times to eliminate the subsequent generations that might hatch.
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sugarcane
Mar 1, 2018 6:37 PM CST
Patty, that does look like scale to me. I use a combination of 409 spray cleaner mixed with alcohol and a drop or two of liquid soap to help it stick.
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Mar 1, 2018 6:49 PM CST

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ardesia said:Mealies or some kind of soft scale? I would smother'em with a light, summer weight oil spray. You would have to repeat it several times to eliminate the subsequent generations that might hatch.


I agree It has been suggested to me that if you can spray roughly every 7 days for 3 iterations, that should be enough to catch the different stages of the lifecycle.
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BigBill
Mar 1, 2018 6:51 PM CST
Boisduval scale. I wouldn't waste my time trying to save it. There is precious little to save!
I would rather see you buy another orchid and keep up with our forums so you learn how to grow things better!
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Mar 2, 2018 5:42 AM CST
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