Because I love my orchid, I know I need to learn a few tricks up my sleeve 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, with overwatering and little air movement. Thus, keep reading and find out which is the best remedy to bring back to life a rootless orchid.
First off, it is always a good starting point to know what caused your roots to die or get rotten. Most of the time it’s rotten roots. This happens when your orchid’s roots are not able to exchange the gases it needs to. Hence, it gets a build-up of carbonic acid that rots the roots. Furthermore, it’s not the fact the plant gets too much water. In contrary, it is about the fact that the medium stays too wet or brakes down to the point where good air exchange is no longer possible.
Now, let’s see the greatest remedy I know works perfectly!
Thus, a good remedy for getting roots to grow is called Sphag and bag. The main point of this solution is to not water but give the plant a high humidity situation. 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. Thus, first, you need to spray the orchid with a fungicide and let dry. Then, put in 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.
The next step would be to let the plants soak for 3 to 5 hours in the product. Then, keep the plants in a humid environment. Sphag and bag, on a bed of Sphag in a GH or another way to keep the humidity high without constant watering. Usually, root growth happens in about 2 weeks. Some species earlier and some later. There might be many other recipes out there but this is the only one I know and it works very well for me.