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Playing Dr. Frankenstein with Orchis purpurea

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Piranhacon, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. Piranhacon

    Piranhacon Member

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    One of my Orchis purpurea just had it's shoot rot off the bulb because it had stayed too wet for too long. Fortunately, the bulb is still very firm and alive, with what looks like the makings of a tiny new white shoot growing out of the edge of the crater the old shoot was growing out of.

    Orchis purpurea root tuberoid with rotted off shoot and growing new shoot.jpg

    As you can see, there is a tiny white triangular shaped growth coming out of the upper inner edge of that crater in this photo. I believe that this orchid will eventually recover (hopefully, at least).

    However, the shoot that rotted off, was not completely dead. I decided to tap into my inner mad scientist and clean off the bottom of it as much as I could, and dip the whole thing in rooting hormone and put it in a pot just to see what would happen.

    Orchis purpurea rotted off shoot covered in rooting hormone.jpg

    Orchis purpurea rotted off shoot in pot.jpg

    Wish me luck y'all! I'm curious to know if both pieces will continue to grow!
     
  2. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Congratulations and good luck. Some orchids have amazing survival techniques.
     
  3. Tired

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    Curious to see how this turns out. That rooting hormone might help a lot.
     
  4. Piranhacon

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    This one didn't make it.

    It prompted me to pull the other 2 out of their pots. They were all too wet. They're both currently in orchid potato ICU treated with hormones. 1 of the 2 still has a shoot on it. The other still has a strong tuberoid on it.
     
  5. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You said they were too wet. Is this the time when they should be dry?
     
  6. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Powdered rooting hormones may be too concentrated for use on such delicate tissues - at least my experience with them has suggested that. They are really meant primarily for use on woody cuttings, and tended to damage softer tissue.
     
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