Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Crown Rot

I had been away for a couple of weeks. In that time, I had dropped off the orchids that needed more day to day care with one friend and had another friend stop by my house once a week to water the rest.

Sadly, when I got home, I found the paph with a case of crown rot.

I suspect this guy is very susceptible to crown rot since this isn't the first time it has happened. Normally, it doesn't take much. If you get water on the leaves and let it sit in the crown of the leaves, the crown starts to turn brown. It's even more likely if you tend to water at night and don't think anything of it. Cold and wet leads to rot with orchids. This is what I had suspected happened.

I'm a little sad since this was the newest fan and I'm hoping that new fans can still develop. I didn't have to replant or anything, I just twisted that fan off, then I applied a little bit of cinnamon to where the wound was to prevent any sort of fungal growth in the open wound, I don't know if you can see the brown powdery substance at the base there.

If this guy doesn't survive, well, it's been a lesson. I know I can keep a paph alive if I make sure he is regularly watered.