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Can I still save it?

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by slobodan, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Hi experts,

    Just wondering if I can still save this Dendrobium hercoglossum?
    It let new roots out, even had few leaves but then it started yellowing.. Not sure what am I doing wrong.

    Thanks..
     

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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    This is a plant that does best with some drying in the winter. The one laying across the pot looks as if it most of the pseudobulbs are dead, but you may have 1 good one there. Are those roots? There is a good pseudobulb on the one that is in the media. Don't keep the media wet all of the time until you see new growth.
     
  3. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Thanks Marni..
    Yes, I was talking about one laying across. . Yes those are roots..
    I just watered them that's why they look wet. .
     
  4. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    I thought those yellow pseudobulbs might of turned yellow and started dying because of not enough water. .
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you have root growth, you have hope. More orchids are killed by too much water than too little. If you want to grow it potted, put them in a small pot. You can use moss as long as you let it get so dry between waterings that the moss is crunchy for a few days before watering it at all. If you humidity is good where it is it can go a week or more without watering.
     
  6. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Thanks Marni. So you think it's going yellow and dry due to too much water? I just want to learn different simptomes that's why I'm asking. ..
     
  7. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    When orchids are watered too much, the roots can rot so that the plant can't take up enough water to supply the plant. The instinct is to water more and that makes it worse. Since you have new roots, you don't want to over-water at this time of year. Just because there is root growth doesn't mean that it is the rainy season where the plant comes from. Your pseudobulbs look to me as if they exhausted them selves trying to keep the front growth alive and that is the purpose of those back bulbs.
     
  8. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Slobodan, this plant does best with a very dry winter. I let mine go totally dry for about 3 months. They are deciduous or at least semi-deciduous depending on your conditions, and bloom on the leafless canes. Like Marni said, too much water will make it decline in health or kill it. My plant is mounted but I still almost killed my plant because I let the mount stick rot and it was holding too much moisture at the roots.

    I believe the plant laying on the top of the pot is dead but it won't hurt to keep it and see what happens in the spring. Keep it dry until (or if) you see new growth or swelling of the nodes.
    Good luck. It is a great species.
     
  9. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Thank you Kelly and Marni..
     
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    slobodan New Member

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    Marni, I had look at your site and I must say very very nice.. Now I know I'm at the right place to learn about Orchids. :) :)
     
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  11. Sean Houtman

    Sean Houtman Active Member

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    The canes on some of the deciduous Dendrobiums will grow the first year, flower the second, then die the third or fourth. You have a nice fat growth there, keep it and throw away the dead yellow ones.
     
  12. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Hi everyone, can't believe it's been 3 years since I've been here... well I'm happy to report that my Dendrobium is doing well, it has some new growth but haven't seen it flower yet. Here is how it looks today..
     

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  13. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Just getting back into taking care of my orchids and wondering if anyone has any suggestion about what I should do with this little growth?
     

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  14. slobodan

    slobodan New Member

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    Just wondering, can I separate this new growth from its cane?
     
  15. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I think it would be better to leave it in place until it has at least one (or even better two) new growths and more roots.