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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:47 pm 
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Hi again, after all the helpful response to my post the other day, I thought I'd run this one by you all too. :D I actually posted about this orchid last Aug and Terry helpfully told me it had crown rot and to put cinnamon on it to slow it down and hope it would produce a new crown. I talked to it and encouraged it lots ;) but it showed no signs of picking up and looked like it was going to drop the remaining leaves. It kept flowering throughout - has only just recently stopped but has buds forming on new shoots off the odd flower stem! Are orchids like some other plants that when they think they are dying they flower all the more?

Anyway, the cinnamon certainly stopped the rot and miraculously it recently produced 2 beautiful lush new leaves out of the same crown!!! And another one has started between the old and the new leaves. :lol: So I was really thinking 'Phew, got away with that!' then noticed today that all the external roots bar one appear to be dead, a couple of good ones have large brown patches and only this one seems to have survived :( Also there doesn't appear to be much of a root system in the pot - although it isn't possible to see into the middle.

What do people think? Am I still going to lose it? Can I do anything to help it?

Many thanks.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:36 am 
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I will leave the judgement of the brown to someone with more experience, it may be treatable but I cannot say for certain. Un-potting it and having a closer look at those roots maybe a good idea, and you may need to cut back any bad roots. A lot of problems can stem from the roots, but to be sure that that is not the case usually the only way is to just have a look and deal with them accordingly.

Your plant may also require removal of the lower old section at some point (after the brown has been identified and dealt with), again someone else may have a better suggestion.
Here's a link that may be useful for that, under the heading "Q. My phalaenopsis plant has grown quite tall. How can I "top" it?"
http://www.aos.org/orchids/additional-r ... opsis.aspx



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Thanks Michele for all the info. As you have suggested I will wait and see if anyone else has any suggestions before plunging in :-)


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