How to revive an orchid: tips for different occasions

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How to reanimate an orchid. Source: freepik.com

Orchids are one of the most beautiful and popular indoor plants. Despite their exotic appearance, they feel good at home and do not require too much specific care.

However, sometimes there are problems with the roots of a flower that can lead to its death. The publication Yaskrava klumba told us how to save the plant.

The most common problem with orchids is problems with their roots. If they begin to rot or dry out, do not rush to get upset and buy a new flower, because you can try to save it. However, in the future, of course, you should take into account the characteristics of the plant and follow the conditions for caring for it.

Root rot

Orchids can absorb moisture from the air and retain it for a long time. Therefore, if you water these plants too often and abundantly, their roots can begin to rot. At the same time, the leaves lose their elasticity and become wilted.

The flower can also start to hurt after damage, so you should be careful with it. If the orchid is exposed to too unfavorable conditions, the destruction process can occur quite quickly. As a result, the flower will lose its roots, and most of its leaves, and it will have to be reanimated.

How to revive an orchid: tips for different occasions

How to grow roots of a rotten orchid

First, remove the plant from the pot, remove the substrate, and use a clean and sharp knife or secateurs to cut off any rotten, damaged, or darkened parts of the plant. Then treat all the cuts with a fungicide. This will leave you at the top of the plant with a growth point. Leave it in a warm place for a few hours to allow the slices to dry.

Then pour clean water into a container and fix the orchid above it so that it hangs a few centimeters above the liquid and does not touch it. Put it all in a warm place (23-25 degrees) with diffused light and gradually add water to the container.

Every few days, wipe the leaves with a solution of succinic acid or leaf fertilizer for orchids. After a few weeks, when the roots have grown about 5-7 cm, the flower can be transplanted into a substrate.

Drying out of the roots

If the foliage of the flower becomes lethargic and wrinkled, and the roots dry up, it means that it does not have enough moisture. First, try dipping the potted plant in a weak solution of succinic acid or orchid fertilizer. Use clean water at room temperature to prepare it.

Then remove the pot, let the liquid drain, and leave the orchid in a warm place with diffused light. If the condition of the plant begins to improve, then repeat the soaking in a few days.

How to revive an orchid: tips for different occasions

How to grow the roots of a dried-up orchid

If soaking the orchid didn't help, you need to revive it with a homemade greenhouse. Take sphagnum moss and soak it for several minutes in a solution of succinic acid or fertilizer. Then let the liquid drain off and put the moss in a plastic bag with a clasp.

Then soak the flower itself in the nutrient solution for several hours to soak it in moisture. The roots that have completely dried out must be carefully removed.

Next, put the moss on the orchid and the flower itself in a bag with a clasp. Leave it all in a warm place (22-25 degrees) with diffused light. The evaporating moisture will be enough for the plant to gradually grow roots.

Make sure that the moss remains moderately moist and open the bag once or twice a day for about 30 minutes to ventilate the plant. If done correctly, new roots will appear in a month or two.

Before transplanting the orchid into a pot, you should adapt it to drier air. Ventilate the plant more often and gradually leave the bag open for a longer period. When it has been calmly outdoors for 5-6 hours, it can be transplanted into a substrate.

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