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Old 01-04-2011, 09:36 PM
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Is this a Dendrobium and is it salvageable?

Happy New Year Everyone

I bought this NOID from a private party. It was in somewhat poor shape.

The first picture shows the two plants after I repotted them. They were both in the same pot.

The next pic shows what I think is a keiki on the larger plant. The roots don't have green tips. Is that just in Phals? or should these roots have green tips also? None of the bottom roots of either plant had green tips either.

The next pic shows the second smaller plant. I don't think it's in very good shape. The stalk/cane? seems to be dried out. I pulled rotten roots and left what I hope are good white roots but they didn't have green tips.

The last pic shows the top of the second plant with a possible keiki at the top. There is some green growth at the top of the plant but it doesnt look too healthy but there is always a chance. I'm willing to give it a chance.

I repotted in 75% cocogro, 20% perlite and 5% charcoal. I hope this works for this plant as well as my phals I repotted.

I thought about trying to wrap the keiki at the top of the smaller plant to see it the roots take off.

Thanks for any help or recommendations. Any help is welcome.

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It is a Den. and i think it is perfectly salvagable.

Sounds like you have already taken good measures. You can wrap the Keiki if you want. What I recommend most now is consistent care. Its in good mix, and if you give it a good watering schedule it will eventually catch on and start growing again. It is a Phal-type Den so you dont have to worry about seasons. Keep it warm and maintain the same watering year round.

* the healthy root-tips of many ephiphitic orchids are green but they can also be red, purple, yellow, depending on the conditions and species. So yeah they should have a shiny smooth texture with a color other than white at the end.
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Hello,
I have many types of Dens as far as roots go mine (new ones) are white older ones off white /cream to tan color.
Cocogro is coir (looks like peat?). I wouldn't plant Dens in that it may retain to much moisture for them and cause root rot. Most noble and hard cain types are potted up in a coarse to medium bark mix. Mine are in med bark, perlite and charcoal. They need a fast draining mix and to be watered more often when weather is hot and dry and some need cool winter rests depending on the type.
Hopefully someone can link up the AOS culture sheet link here in the thread for you I can't from my phone that I'm using.
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I would pot the thing around the root and let the cut end hang free to reduce fungus problem. The second one seem to have fungus/ bacteria problem on the mother pseudobulb. I would snip off and pot it into coconut husk or Sphag moss . like this
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You may not see any new root growth because this is not the main growing season for dendrobiums. April is the start of their growing season, and since the shortest day of the year on Dec. 21, each day now the days are getting a bit longer and brighter. Try to keep the den stable for a while and then you may see a growth spurt.
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Thanks for all the input

I really appreciate you all taking the time to help me out.

I will study the culture sheet for Dens and also Cats as I have a couple of those also.

I have several books and have been pouring over the boards.

This is a great resource and I hope I can pay back in some small measure.

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