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Old 03-18-2013, 11:40 AM
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Help! My Den Cane Broke!

I just purchased this Dendrobium Nestor NN at an IOS meeting two weeks ago. I dropped it this morning and the cane broke. It was in bud, too!! I am heartsick about this. Is there anything I can do to save either - or both - parts of the cane? I know I've lost the flowers, but I really want to save the plant. Can anyone tell me what to do? Here is a picture of the poor guy.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:07 PM
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Don't worry, the plant will be perfectly fine! It may not even know it lost part of its cane and it will continue growing as usual.

You could try laying the broken half horizontally on some damp sphag and it could possibly put out keikis. I've heard it works for some dens.

You can put some cinnamon on the cut ends to prevent infection.

We all break orchids at one point or another. The all too familiar "crunch" of a pbulb breaking is still fresh in my memory!
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If the cane isn't broken all the way through the buds above the break may get a chance to keep developing. Prop it up in place and give it some time. If the buds blast you can still remove the broken part of the cane to try to grow some keikis.
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Oh that hurts! The lower cane seems to have new growth..so maybe just have to wait for the plant to recover. At least it is spring time..my dens seems to be in active growth now, so yours will hopefully come along just fine.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:51 PM
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I don't know about orchids but I have sellotaped (scotchtaped) some broken plants together in the past and they have proceeded with life as if nothing happened. I was appropriately surprised but very pleased - I'd give it a go if it is still a fresh break? Just an idea.
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I agree about putting it back on. just seal it with green nursery tape and it might just take. Happened to my lime tree last year when a large branch from anther tree fell on it and it healed itself. Not sure about Dens, but it's worth a try.
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Thanks, all for the suggestions! I'm oh so glad it may live! It did not break all the way through and I did tie the broken piece back up with the main cane with a nylon quickly before I went to work this morning. This evening, I will do a more thorough job with that stretchy green tape I have.

I really thought it was a hopeless situation, such as I've had with trees I've planted that lose part of the trunk in an accident (storm, animal, whatever). Branches and twigs are OK to break; trunk: not so much. Goner. So glad it's not like that!
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Good luck!
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Marypaton - that was the first thing that sprung to my mind too!!! Not a full break?? Grab the Sellotape!!!

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It BLOOMED!!

Well, gang, not only did this trooper live, it's buds opened both above and below the break!Here is a pic. (For any newbies looking - it's the middle one between the dark violet and yellow Phals.)

It smells just like sugared strawberries! Yes, it broke all the way through - hanging on by a thread - and I just used that green stretchy tape that I use on my plants outside. Taped it up within an inch of its life and not a single blast!!! Living proof that orchids are not the delicate things we think they are - they are TOUGH!
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It smells just like sugared strawberries!
If it smells like strawberries then I have got to add it to my collection!!!
I am glad the plant is still maintaining itself and bloomed for you. I hope it seals itself and stays good and healthy for you!


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Wow, great picture!
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So cool! Yes that green stretchy tape is very good for this type of thing. Actually seals the wound like a second skin. I use it for airlayering- a method of rooting a branch from a tree to eventually cut it off and plant it for Bonsai or just to have a new tree.

What's really cool, is that you made the effort to save it and learned a great deal in the process . In my opinion, this is what helps give you experience and knowledge not only with orchids but other plants as well.

It's not about the mistakes we make. It's how we recover from them.

Great Job!
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That's great news, Blackvine. We have been to Ireland so just received the update. Well done you and the tape and the den
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