Because I love my orchid, I know I need to learn a few tricks since it is hard to keep it alive. However, the unimaginable happened. I never thought that I would have a rootless orchid. We all know that some imported orchids are rootless. Which is an easy fix. However, this was not the case. It might happen right at home, because of overwatering and little air circulation. Keep reading and find out which is the best remedy to bring back to life a rootless orchid.
A good starting point is knowing what caused the rotten roots. This happens when your orchid’s roots are not able to exchange the gases they need. Hence, it gets a build-up of carbonic acid that will dry the roots. So, the problem is not overwatering. On the contrary – the medium stays too wet or breaks down to the point where good air exchange is no longer possible.
Now, let’s see the greatest remedy I know it works perfectly!
The best remedy for helping roots to grow is called Sphag and bag. The main point of this solution is avoiding overwatering and giving the plant a high humidity environment. However, a problem with the bag can be fungus and mold. Don’t worry, there is a solution for that too. Hence, a little physan fungicide and opening the bag every day will help out.
The first step would be to jump start your orchid. Thus, start with a sugar water mixture. First, you need to spray the orchid with a fungicide. Then, spray this mixture. Here is what you need:
- 1 gal of warm water
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- a rooting hormone such as Schultz’s rooting hormone, it works the best!
You could also add 1 tbs of vitamin E oil, but it’s not necessary though.
Next, let the plant soak for 3 to 5 hours in the product. Then, keep the plants in a humid environment. Sphag and bag method is another way to keep the humidity high without constant watering. Usually, root growth happens in about 2 weeks. There might be many other recipes out there but this is the only one I know and it worked very well for me.