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Hey there,

I'm new to orchids and really need some help. I have some amazing orchids that are none of my effort, I just manage to keep them alive at the moment, but then I received this poor sherry baby from Ebay, and was shocked. It arrived bone dry, I mean, very very dry, didn't see water for a moth probably. Roots in bad state, I cleaned it up and reported in sphagnum, as I thought it will be better for plant to have a bit more humidity.
I keep my growing area at 23C and have 70% humidity, but it's looking worse and worse every day.
Could you please advise on what to do, it's been going down the hill for a month now, not even a sigh of any new roots :( I really don't want to loose it...feeling very sad for the poor guy :(


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I grow my sharry baby at a minimum of 16C it will go down to 10C, as it is a cooler growing orchid. I would pot in medium bark but make sure the pot is not to big for the roots, you can mix some sphagnum in with the bark if you want. Let it dry between watering I would spray it every day to let the pal take up misture through its leafs.
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blondie thank you very much, I will make sure to lower the temperature and sit it in the coolest corner. Any advice on helping plant to start new roots, as at the moment thee are 0. :(


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Good advice from Blondie and as he noted it is Sharry Baby not Sherry Baby. Oncidium pseudobulbs contain a good store of food and this should keep the plant going while it produces more roots. These may not become apparent for several months though. If necessary keep the plant stable with short canes while the roots develop.

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Thank you very much and apologies about the naming. I did exactly as you said. Made sure it's very stable now. Fingers crossed


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Thank you very much and apologies about the naming. I did exactly as you said. Made sure it's very stable now. Fingers crossed


I suspect that the name is not your error. Many people selling orchids are very lax about getting the names correct and how can a beginner know. ;)

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By putting the plant in a cool environment it will make it slow down its metabolism, hence energy waste.
When higher spring temps come it will develop new roots. Like blondie said, pot it in bark but I wouldn't use any sphagnum 'cause it may be a rot inducer. Water it with just a bit of water to moist medium's top layer but, since you're moving it to lower temps, don't over do it. Just enough to keep it lightly moist.
As a root growth inducer you can try willow water.
There are lots of home made recipes using honey, lentils, aspirin, etc.


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Thank you all for advice, yesterday while doing the job I realized 100% of the old roots were dead so they had to go, but there were some new forming around the youngest bulb, so that was encouraging.
Also I set night temperature at 18c and day time at 21c, if lower my vanda might not be impressed. Sprayed this morning, will keep you posted how it ends up.....in a year or so :D


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Just wanted to give you an update and thank you for all your help:) it looks like staying in the pot still and giving lots of spraying worked :) thank you all again Image


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Very pleased we could help and the plant is recovering. Time to get a couple more now! :lol:

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Very pleased we could help and the plant is recovering. Time to get a couple more now! :lol:

Exactly, London orchid show is coming up, can't wait to get some more plants :)


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I think your advice has worked too well :D. I'll take 2 new growths. Can't wait to smell it :)

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Good to see those new growths developing.

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Awesome recovery! :clap:


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Mid season update, thank you again, with your advice this orchid has decided to live and be strong Image


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Congratulations, you have nursed it back to good health. It just shows that time and determination can work wonders.

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Hi all, thank you again for all the advice, this is the beautiful result....but wait, it’s not the plant I bought that was advertised...sharry baby. Could you please try to ID it for me, lovely rose smell and leafs like sharry baby. I tried to google it, but doesn’t look like any other sharry baby. Also it’s not a colmanara masai red. I have that orchid and greenery and bloom aroma is completely different. Thanks a bunch again.x ImageImage


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IHaveNoNewOrchids wrote:
Could you please try to ID it for me, lovely rose smell and leafs like sharry baby. I tried to google it, but doesn’t look like any other sharry baby.

I couldn't even try to positively identify it, but here's a couple of Links which may help?

The first link suggests Sharry Baby has a few colour variations including the deep red/purple of your example, yours seems a bit darker but don't know whether that could be a difference in the lighting? (5th picture down):
http://orchidnature.com/orchid-identifi ... arry-baby/

The second link is a similar colour although I think yours is nearer to the first example as this one seems to have a small orange centre missing in yours?
https://orchids-shop.com/oncidium-forti ... k-red.html

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