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Unhappy Is My D. Oriental Smile 'Butterfly' a Goner?

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I've been a lurker of these forums for a little bit and I'm just getting around to signing up. I have a Den. Oriental Smile that I absolutely loved, but absolutely wrecked because I didn't know what I was doing. All that's left of my majestic plant is this little guy. I don't think the little guy is going to make it, but I'm keep hope alive because I really want it to lol. If it's a goner then I will certainly replace it because it was magnificent. What do you all think?


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Hard to say, I'm looking at the photos on my phone, they are sort of dark. If there are live roots, and the stem (cane) is not rotten, it should recover.
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The roots that are there are definitely worse for wear, but the stem isn't rotted at all. In fact, it's still very green and rigid.
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If you see another Oriental Smile 'Butterfly', I think you should go ahead and buy it lol. I have this same plant and I love it.

As far as this one goes, I'd plant it in sphag (the only time I ever use sphag is when I'm trying to get a sick plant to produce new roots) and stake it so that it doesn't wobble. Treat it with KelpMax, and keep it warm and humid. Some people like to place sick plants in a plastic bag (leave the bag partially open and air it out every day). If the plant lives, which I think is unlikely, it will be several years before it is big enough to bloom again, but I don't think all is necessarily lost.

But those roots look rough. I'm not convinced that they are alive (but I could be wrong. It's hard to tell from a picture).
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I have an absolutely huge orientalist butterfly which must have 8 -10 keikis. I fo nothing forcible to it other than let it go dormant for a. Couple months starting in November. No water st all, just bright light and cool conditions. I start watering very lightly end of February and it rewards me with beautiful flowers. I was once told by s friend in Australia the secret to full blooming mobiles is absolutely no water. You have to resist the temptation to water. As for your little guy,I wouldnít over water it. Just keep it moist enough that it can get some moisture. Too wet and itíll see the compost heap in near time. When itís do small you donít have to worry about dormancy, it has to grow up to get to that point. All else fails, let me know, some of my keikis are good sized, I can send you one.


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