Phalaenopsis Orchid Rescue
This is how your orchid once looked.
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Now it looks stressed.
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No blooms, limp leaves, and discolored surface roots; this orchid is unhappy. Let’s take a closer look.
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Many of the roots are soft, brown and rotting!
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How did this happen?
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Commercially grown orchids are often potted in lightweight sphagnum moss. Unfortunately it breaks down quickly.
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The sphagnum held too much water and caused the roots to rot. Discard or compost.
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Healthy roots are firm, green or white.
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Cut away soft, brown, shriveled unhealthy roots.
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Replant into presoaked orchid mix.
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Be sure leaves are above the orchid mix and plant does not wiggle.
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Water weekly and place in a bright location. Blooming resumes after a couple of new leaves grow.
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Gardening question? Contact the Horticulture lab at ccesuffolk.org/gardening
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