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Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Fall, Sep 16, 2021.

  1. Fall

    Fall New Member

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    I recently got a dendrobium orchid, I need some advice concerning the roots. They look unhealthy in my opinion. Please share your thoughts! Thank you!
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  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Santa Rosa, CA
    I think that some/many of the roots may be dead. I would soak the roots in some sugar water for about 1/2 hour to see if any of them plump up. 1 teaspoon of sugar in 1 quart of slightly warm water. After soaking, rinse them with clean water. Using sterile clippers or razor blade I would cut out the dark roots in the center of the root mass and any that feel 'squishy'. If there are any roots with a green tip on it, be sure to leave those as they are alive and growing. The light colored roots towards the outside of the root mass may still send out new tips. I always leave some roots (even if dubious) so that the plant is anchored in the new potting.
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