I would say that if it drops the last leaf or had no roots at all then it can not be saved. The leaves of these types of orchids act as a syphon for water and because of this water can gather/pool at the base of their leaves. As shown here…. If they are firm, however, then they are still in good shape and are probably just dehydrated. I apologize for making this difficult, but I don’t have any pictures. can somebody tell me what yellow roots mean. Sounds good! HUGE help there as well! Maybe in between the hydrogen treatment. They’re starting to perk up again! Why are the leaves soft and droppy? Should I buy new orchid bark mix? As long as they’re firm and not mushy, that’s a good thing. The last of the 6 orchids had grey, squelchy roots in bark that was bone dry. Is your orchid potted in a pot with a drainage hole? Click this link…, You want to wait till it’s completely 100% dry before you water it again. I say that there is hope because of the keiki. Now I know better, and I’m happy that I can share this knowledge with you. Check out my post on Orchid Blooms dying naturally, how to water and how to cut a bloom stick back. If it is indeed rotting then you need to take care of that first and foremost because that can kill an orchid. The most common reason is overwatering. Error: API requests are being delayed for this account. I am so sorry – try myfirstorchid@gmail.com, Well over a year ago, my hubby gifted me with my first Phal. Are these ok, or rotten? Anyway she’s settling in to her new moss quite well, lots of good healthy roots and her leaves are not drooping as much now! How do I apply the peroxide? This time he told me to use a soft mist water bottle with distilled water making sure to get the leaves because that’s what drinks the water. I trimmed those off and sprinkled it with cinnamon, but am not sure that there were enough healthy roots to sustain it. Do I need to flush the roots after the treatment? Thank you so so much . I would recommend repotting now to make sure you get rid of any old, rotten roots to keep the rot from spreading. It may be a Dendrobium but I am not sure. Where was it placed in your home? I don’t even over water because I am the rare few that under water them unintentionally. Thanks! After a week it seems ok. Right now I would concentrate on using the hydrogen peroxide every few days for about two weeks. The fluctuation of temperature is what gets to them the most. Is this good and how can I get it to flower? I am so sorry. All the roots are rotten. In nature, most Phals grow on the sides of trees with their roots exposed to moving air and their leaves oriented in such a way that water runs off and away fro For a quarter of a litre that solution costs 141 crowns (about 21 US dollars, over 14 GB pounds or Euros). I hadn’t watered it at all at that point and cut back the stems and gave it an ice cube. To sterilize, you can use rubbing alcohol or a flame along the tool’s edge. Orchids typically only bloom once a year but if you need to save it then go ahead and cut the stem off and repot it. After reading your instructions on care, I realized that my orchid is in a non-draining pot. Secondly, should the cinnamon be applied ONLY to the root rot area at the crown OR what about any roots that I remove that have already rotted? When roots start to rot they get squishy (when wet) or feel crunchy and hollow (when dry). Removing the damaged area resulted in losing one leaf after a few days, and the black looks like it is boring into the the stalk, In this last pic we see a better picture of the roots. , I have just bought my first 2 Moth orchids and B&Q Diy were selling them cheap. I only water her when the roots look silver and the ones I can touch are bone dry. Hi there — orchids actually like to be pretty pot-bound, so you may not need to get a bigger pot just yet. Honestly why would anyone have that laying around but people normally have peroxide for cuts and scrapes etc. Make sure dislodge any water that is stuck between leaves in order to avoid root rot. Does it mean their old????? The rotten ones are the brown/tan color: When you bring home a new Phal, it’s best to take it out of the pot right away, remove any potting medium that’s stuck to the roots, and take a look at them. Would I treat them similar to the root rot in the bottom? Tips On Treating Orchid Diseases. If they are normal, wonderful, but if there is an underlying issue, I of course want to be proactive! I don’t usually apply cinnamon to the cut areas where I removed rotten roots, and my orchids have done fine without it. Repeat every 2-3 days until the rot no longer fizzes and bubbles with the hydrogen peroxide application. Usually Lowe’s and Home Depot have some, or maybe your local gardening shop. You are more then welcome! Hello again, thought I’d give an update on how my big phal is. I am so disappointed. When did you move? An orchid with minimal to no roots is worrisome, but we have lots of tricks we can try to get it to sprout new ones. Every one of the 6 orchids that did not survive had bits of foam rubber clinging to squelchy, rotted roots. I recently received a Phaleanopsis as an early birthday gift from my mom. the 2nd one has no leaves just a couple of green fleshy roots can it still survive? It’s hard to judge the health of all the roots just by looking at the tips that you can see. That is disgusting business ethics and must stop. Many thanks for such an informative blog. It’s so weird and sad. However, this is not necessarily due to underwatering. Some of the root is green (towards the bottom but the tops of the roots are starting to turn yellow. It’s a good sign that the leaves are still in rather good condition considering the root health. It’s been 5 days since I watered and watering helped the blooms but not the leaves. At that time your Orchids disease such as Fungal Crown Rot, Black rot, Bacterial brown spot and Bacterial soft spot etc. Jan 29, 2014 - Learn how to tell if your orchids roots are healthy and what to do with unhealthy roots. HeHe), but one can NEVER have too much info or help. I noticed the leaves where drying out and wrinkling on my first one a few months ago. As you can see the leaves are wilty and very droopy. What is it potted in? This should help the plant start to put out new roots, which will support further growth. Also thank you for the compliments on the blog:). Excess water will lead to roots rot, and as a consequence the absorption of nutrients will be blocked. The white phal started having sections of the petals that were drying out (I mean. A lot of times we see signs of root rot in the leaves before we see it in the crown as shown below. Click this link…. Southern or eastern exposure is best. I have come to this site to find out what’s causing the gray moldy thing on my phaelanopsis and it was too late, the beautiful leaves snapped off . When Orchid roots sprout and attach on potting mix tightly, all of salt or acrid substance in growing medium will rot Orchid roots gradually. Now, let’s move on to some photos of orchid spikes. Thanks a lot, I don’t want to kill my only house plants . When I received the orchid, all the leaves were gone and it only had the flower spikes with flowers. I think I killed my plant. That being said I have had an orchid come back with only leaf and orchids come back with very few roots – so don’t give up yet. Hi Courtney, the orchid doesn’t sound like it’s in good shape but that doesn’t mean it won’t make it. While the roots, below it, are again a dusty green/white color. They have been killed. If any of them are rotten, you should cut those too, and then you can repot the plant after you’ve removed the dead material. It really is that easy. What do you mean rotted? It currently has three brand new roots starting to grow and possibly another one getting ready. Can you help me, Some ppl on your site said to spray water on the roots,, but like I said my plant directions says to use ice to water it. The big one is looking ok from a flowering perspective, but has some black roots at the very bottom of the plastic insert and the top roots aren’t looking to hot either . Anyone have an idea or thought. You don’t need to worry about the aerial roots right now. Txs in advancing for helping. These are the accessory organs that grow from the main ones. Please stop and click here before you proceed if this is the case with your orchid. If my phal has only two roots rotting, how much dosage of hydrogen peroxide should I give my new orchid? It’s a Phalae orchid and has two stems. Next time my husband gifts me with these beauties I shall know what to do. So far i had some luck with my orchids, but like a lot of biggeners i have a few questions a frind gave me this orchid wish he try to safe but i don’t know what to do the root are all gone except for some aerial roots he got it in water but after 3 weeks i see no improvement can you please help me, I’m going to send you some pictures to se what you can suggest. Pour it directly over the pot as I would water when watering the plant? Sure – maybe just dilute it with water a bit. Is the hydrogen peroxide method still an option if the source of the rot is in the roots? My question is- how do I know when it’s too late for the orchid, and to call it quits? I worry that my coconut chips are too large and crude. Does it matter how strong it hydrogen peroxide is? Of course it would be best to knock the blooms off to save energy for the plant. All rights reserved. I can’t tell how much of the root system has rotted away; if old rotten roots were buried in the moss. Is this bad for the plant? Sure you can send pics to myfirstorchid@gmail.com – include your original question in it so I know:). Hi Daniel, I would trim away all of the roots that are in bad shape because once they start to rot they’re not going to do the plant any favors. HeHe. I was always careful watering my orchid but within a day it got rot crown and all its 3 leaves died too. Hi Michelle, it sounds like your orchid is doing well. I have let them dry out but even without watering I noticed some of the roots are black and showing signs of rot. I’d recommend taking it out of the pot and trimming away the rotten roots using a sterile cutting implement. How much and how often? Don’t forget to wet the aerial roots too. Thanks for your help! How much and how often? Here in Europe, they put little sponges around the orchids’ roots, so the first thing to do when you buy or receive an orchid is to get it out of its pot and initiate a search-and-distroy operation against these awful sponges, otherwise, obviously, your orchid is gonna rot and die. Orchid Blooms: Why won’t my orchid bloom? I water it once a week by holding it above the sink and I pour water to run through the pot just one time. (I’m hesitant about repotting because the plant is in full bloom and otherwise seems healthy.). New posts will not be retrieved. Clinging to each was a piece of foam rubber. I have a rescue orchid that was left unwatered for a long period of time this spring. The dry brown twisty ones are rotten and aren’t going to do anything to nourish the plant. It’s been getting new leaves but the roots looks shriveled and dead. Hello there, So unfortunately I have root rot at the crown of my orchid. I haven’t seen this is the states. Aerial roots may not be aesthetically pleasing, but they are fine — just make sure to mist them every day or two to make sure they don’t dry out too much. People often assume that root rot happens when an orchid is over-watered. I rarely water them and allow nature to supply their needs. Orchid roots suffer from root rot if they don’t have drainage. On a windowsill in direct light doesnt seem to work…. Hello my fiancé bought me a new orchid for valentines day. Then I let all the water drain off. I need to look into this. If it’s moldy then it’s worthless 2. If the roots are always bright green that is an indication that they are drowning. Some yellowing of lower leaves can be normal…, Yellow leaves I stuck the moss that had been surrounding the roots in a colander out on the deck to air dry a little. I guess it could be related to whatever fertilizer you’ve used, but since you haven’t fertilized recently I don’t know. Removing all the bad roots is vital for the orchid to survive. I wouldn’t water your orchid until the potting medium is nearly dried out. You have to be patient and wait for two to three roots that are at least three inches long. Hello Hannah, I think that one of my orchids has root rot or someting. Hello! I just hate seeing another one die. So with that, here are my questions: The pot should be just large enough to accommodate most of the healthy roots snugly. The first two orchids that I brought home had rotten roots, but at the time I didn’t know that I should unpot, trim, and repot them ASAP. If the orchid has only rotted roots, they grow on their own. He also gave me some of his fertilizer the uses on his own orchids (Which look amazing!) Repeat in a few days. live in CA. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. I really hope it lives it is my oldest orchid (3 years) flowerd twice and quite a fighter so i’ll cross my fingers and tell you about how it is doing, Yes – it probably got too much water. These non-parasitic plants do not draw nutrients from the trees, however. I am new at this and need to find all the info I can. We only have 3% here. http://myfirstorchid.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/light-requirements-for-orchids/. I know I’m late with this reply, but Edwin is right. I have pulled it out of the decorative pot and put it in the sink to dry out a bit before repotting. Over the summer, all but one leaf fell off, and the blooms all dropped. It sounds like you have some new roots growing, so that is great! You can see a big, more established, spike/shoot on the left – which is growing behind the stick and is probably in bloom. Hi Kelly, I recommend cutting away the dead roots on your orchid even though it is growing new leaves. There had been a new root sprouted at the very base and is about as long as my smallest finger. Hey there! They seem the be the right silvery color for the most part, but some look damaged – twisted or bent, with tan dryness at the damaged spots. Rotting roots have to be removed or they will infect the unaffected roots, and kill otherwise health orchid plants. As I went further into my research, I quickly went to my kitchen where I have my phal resting on a windowsill and checked to see if the display pot that my phal is in had a drainage. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), How to Identify Healthy vs. I came across your site looking for answers on how to save my orchid. Is that the maximum they can have? It may work. I shall look in healthshops and also see if there is anything against root rot in gardening shops in Stockholm. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide and is formed in contact with water, I have just googled. This suggested to me that the roots had a problem so I dumped the orchid (now not in bloom) out onto a tray and found that probably 98% of the roots have gone brown and like hollow straws. During this period the orchid needs special care, otherwise the roots will rot. Its such a pretty plant, I don’t want to lose it! Hi! It’s very important for your orchid to have a robust root system; the orchid takes in water and nutrients through its roots which in turn allows the w… Good luck and happy growing! I realized when I first got it, at the time it was in pretty rough shape, I had never inspected the roots. View our privacy policy and terms of use. My First Orchid © 2018. 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