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Wrinkled-up Bulbs

So, at the beginning of last week, I spent the day separating and re-potting three of my orchids that had been suffering from root rot after being in moss that had not been drying out between waterings....I had to cut away about half of the roots (rotten) but what remained looked healthy enough to support the newly divided plants....
The re-potted separated plants seemed to respond well to their new pots and fresh medium but the bulbs (which had shriveled up prior to re-potting) have not changed at all....They remain shriveled/wrinkled and flat despite watering and feeding....
Do I need to get those bulbs out of the plants or will they eventually recover???....Will it hinder the new divided plants' growth to leave them there????....
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If the bulbs are severely wrinkled they often don't plump back up. However, as you've recently repotted and divided the plants just make sure they are getting sufficient water and they should send out new growth once settled.

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The old bulbs will not hurt anything to be left attached to the rest of the plant unless they go soft or otherwise begin to decay. As noted, they may not plump back up, but may otherwise provide some benefit to developing new growths. Generally speaking I'd leave them on the plant unless you have 3-4 good growths down the road - then remove.
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