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Reviving ill orchid

Sillybug says:

Hello, does anyone know if you can get an orchid to regrow roots. It has some air 'roots' but no actual roots and it's looking very sorry for itself.

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,184

    Would it be possible for you to post a picture to help in identifying the problem?

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • SillybugSillybug Posts: 20

    I'll try but not great with techie stuff!!

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    If its a moth orchid. to identify whats dead or live root. The live is usually silvery grey. The dead quite simple. Its brown and shrievled. Obviously cut that out. Repot it, don't water it for a couple of weeks. And keep it on a semi shaded windowsill until you see new growth.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,184

    What device are you using to access the forum and does it have a camera facility? If it does I'll try and help you.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,427

    Yes picture please!  Live roots arnt always silver, deep inside the pot they are green, I cut off the odd dead brown one.

  • SillybugSillybug Posts: 20

    In that case it hasn't any roots at all just a stump where I cut it thinking that it would be ok. Oooops not my best move for the poor thing. Looking at it today I think the best thing is for it to go onto the compost heap.

    Many thanks for your replies I really do appreciate them.

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