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How to save an orchid: resuscitation of a plant with rotten roots

sick orchid Hello! Can you please tell me what to do next with my orchid? Two months ago she moved to another place and after that she began to fade. The leaves shrivel and turn yellow, the peduncle has stopped growing. She took the orchid out of the pot and saw that all the roots were dry. I cut it off, but there are aerial roots. How best to deal with her further?

Judging by the appearance of the orchid, the plant is already quite mature, moreover, its root system is thoroughly rotted. As a result, the leaves began to wilt and turn yellow, since the rotten roots are no longer able to provide them with moisture. However, it is quite possible to save the flower, because the upper part of the main root seems to be still alive. On close examination, dormant kidneys should be visible..

To resuscitate the orchid, it is necessary to carry out a number of manipulations:

  • thoroughly clean the plant from rotten residues;
  • process the flower;
  • prepare the pot and substrate;
  • plant an orchid.

Removing decayed parts of an orchid


Before replanting a flower, not only dried roots should be removed. The photo shows that the main root has also rotted – it is black. Using sharp scissors or a knife, cut off the entire blackened part of the root to the beginning of the living (green) tissue. You can only leave firm, elastic roots of a light color with a green tint..

Instruments must be disinfected before trimming..

The yellowed leaves also need to be removed: cut the leaf lengthwise with scissors and gently pull it in different directions at the base.

Orchid processing

drying the roots

After trimming the damaged tissues, rinse the remnants of the root system in a weak solution of potassium permanganate. Wipe the leaves themselves with a damp cloth soaked in the same solution. Then sprinkle all the places of the cuts with activated carbon. You can use regular cinnamon for this..

To stimulate root formation, experienced flower growers recommend soaking the roots of the plant before planting in a solution of the Epin preparation (1 drop per liter of water).

Now you need to let the orchid dry well. Drying time should be at least 3 hours, and even better, carry out all the preparatory work in the evening and leave the plant overnight. During this time, all moisture evaporates, including from hard-to-reach places, such as an outlet. In addition, the cuts will be slightly tightened..

Preparing the substrate and pot

If it is not possible to purchase a new pot, you can use old utensils to plant the orchid. The pot should be thoroughly washed from the remaining substrate and rinsed with boiling water. Rinse plastic containers in a solution of potassium permanganate.

As for the substrate, it must first be sterilized by pouring boiling water over it. After this procedure, be sure to dry the bark..

Planting an orchid

planting an orchid

Lay a drainage layer at the bottom of the pot – it will prevent the roots from rotting from stagnant water. Pour a little dried substrate on top and set an orchid on it. Arrange the aerial roots inside the pot. If there are extra long ones that do not fit in the flowerpot, you do not need to bend or break them forcibly. Let them stay on the surface. Cover the potted roots with the substrate.

To speed up the formation of new roots, put the flowerpot with the plant under a hood to avoid rapid evaporation of moisture and to maintain the same air temperature throughout the day. The first days it is enough to wipe the leaves with a damp sponge, watering is not necessary yet. In the future, watering should be carried out as usual..

Resuscitation of an orchid with rotten roots – video

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