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can anyone identify what is happening to my orchid?

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Eve, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Eve

    Eve New Member

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    Hi there,

    I'm new to this forum so it's a bit intimidating posting on the site. I'm not experienced with orchids at all but have managed to keep my orchid alive and green. Since the beginning of the summer I've noticed a change in my orchid's roots and I'm no sure if this specifically is normal- but from full green and silver roots, the very top roots have hardened in places and have become brown. I don't think it's an aired out root, I feel as though it's something with regards to the water and summertime but I need some clarification.

    If anyone knows what's causing this and how I can help it that would be great. If this is a normal thing -let me know. I haven't had any hits from Google.
     

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Eve, welcome to the Forum.

    From the photos I can't see anything that concerns me, but the root color is hard to see. If they are plump and firm you are probably fine.
     
  3. gg68

    gg68 Angraecoid addict

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    Your orchid looks quite healthy!!!
     
  4. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Eve - welcome "aboard", and please don't feel intimidated in the least about being new. There are some of us here with many, many decades of experience growing orchids, and we learn new stuff all the time!

    Concerning the roots of your plant, as the roots grow, the outermost cells die but stay together in a silvery-gray layer known as velamen. The velamen acts as a sponge to quickly trap water and nutrients for uptake by the plant. If you're seeing something of a brown appearance, it's likely tannin from the bark. As said earlier, perfectly normal.

    I will comment that the pot looks kind of big for the plant, but
    Considering that very coarse potting medium, as long as you're watering sufficiently and the roots still have plenty of air flow to them, it's fine.
     
  5. Eve

    Eve New Member

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    Hello,

    Thank you for the replies and the warm welcome. Normally the roots were perfectly silvery-gray, now they are becoming "bark-like". I never heard of tannin so I will have to look that up. That orchid is a Keiki (I named her "Kiki") her and her mama "CoCo" havent had a bloom in 4 years.
     
  6. Eve

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    Sorry... sent by accident, so I've begun fertilizing them more. My concern was fertilizer burn or heat burn??? I've rescued them from the trauma of moving twice but this root thing is stressing me out since it's hardened and I've only read really bad things about heat burn.

    The little bud that was growing inside has almost dried out even though I roots are moist. As far as the pot grows, that's what I was advised to buy when I was in store and showing the 'orchid expert' pics of the Keiki and mama plant before I replanted them.

    Hopefully this picture is more clear. The root has really dark brown spots where it's exposed.
     

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    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the general concensus of the previous comments. Your latest image shows relatively new compost and a new root on the left emerging upwards from the bark which looks very dry.How long is it since you repotted youy plant? New or fresh bark can be hard to wet and hold water initially and if you are slightly overfeeding, could be cause of your problem.
    Remember Phalaenopsis do not have a resting period and grow continuously. I see no reason why your plant shouldn't flourish once it has become established.
     
  8. Eve

    Eve New Member

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    I repotted it last year in October, so it's been some time (and no bloom from the original plant for 4 years)

    That one root on the left side is still a good green colour -which I super good. But another root that has emerged has a dark hard and dry tip. (not shown in pic) I'm wondering if I should shuffle it back in the pot and make sure all the roots are covered.
     
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    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Do you water and feed your plant from the same side away from your clean root?
     
  10. Eve

    Eve New Member

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    I water it everywhere. I've never kept to any specific side. I didn't realize I should keep it was from the 'clean root'. I'm not even sure what a 'clean root' is, is that compared to the green/silvery roots, vs the roots that are turning hard and brown at the base of the leaves?
     
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    Tannins are what give tea it's color, and what makes the water in some rivers and streams their tea color. It comes from decomposing plant matter. Like Ray said, it's a very normal thing.
     
  12. seidenfaden

    seidenfaden Well-Known Member

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    Eve, I am not saying that you should water your orchid from a particular side. All I am trying to do establish the reason why you have a healthy root on one side and not the other. The healthy root has a nice green growing tip, which normally shows that the plant is supporting a new leaf growth or about to send up new leaf growth.
     
  13. Eve

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    Oh, I see.
    From what I see the root on the left side just emerged from the pot and wasn't exposed to the air for long. But the rest of the roots that have been exposed and not cover by the bark are seriously drying up and hardening.

    This is most obvious at the base of the leaves. Even the bud has dried up brown and hard.

    What I'm going to do is shuffle the bark and cover up the roots completely so that none of the roots are exposed - not even the base.


    Thank you again to everyone who replied. I very much appreciate it. Hopefully one day i'll see a bloom.
     
  14. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you for the info on initiating the bloom!
    Hopefully this is the year. :)