Sometimes in this hobby, we lose orchids. Not exactly a cheerful experience, but there are some positive things that can be taken away from it. I wanted to share some advice having recently lost an orchid.
Sadly, my Dendrobium Victoria Reginae has given up. I checked her over this morning and the weight of the cane almost tore the plant from its roots which have all died. Vicky is no more. I’d post a picture but it just makes me sad.
A while ago, I posted about two orchids that had been given to me by a relative because they are no longer able to care for them. In recent weeks, I stumbled across another orchid in their home that was looking particularly sorry for itself.
Sometimes in this hobby, you are given an orchid to care for on behalf of someone else. Recently, two orchids have been adopted into my collection because a relative of mine is no longer able to care for them.
What do you do then, once you have brought them home with you?
Some of you may remember that I was attempting to rescue an orchid using water culture several weeks back (may be longer by now). This orchid was severely dehydrated, had no root system and its new growth was beginning to give up. Here is an update on this orchid…
Occasionally Phalaenopsis orchids may fall foul of a type of rot. There are many different types that can affect orchids, but this time, we appear to be dealing with stem rot. At the base of this Phalaenopsis orchid there is a small patch of black tissue, which appeared after the bottom three leaves turned yellow and fell off. One leaf at a time is normal – but three? No.
At some stage in your orchid hobby, you will come across a plant that has a diminished root system. This is something that seems to occur quite a lot with orchids sold through gardening stores, supermarkets etc. It can also happen to orchids that have been in your home for some months.