Orchid Health: Rot
Help, my orchid has crown/root rot! What should I do?
Rot on orchids typically happens when water “pools” on an orchid. This can happen in their crown (where the leaves are growing at their base) and at their roots. It is very important to take care of this immediately because this can kill an orchid! A lot of times we see signs of root rot in the leaves before we see it in the crown as shown below.
Preventing root/crown rot
Treating root/crown rot
I use Physan 20 to treat rot but if you don’t have this then do the following;
- Treat the crown rot with full strength hydrogen peroxide. Pour it over the crown of your orchid.
- Repeat every 2-3 days until the rot no longer fizzes and bubbles with the hydrogen peroxide application.
- Then sprinkle cinnamon (yes, the regular spice from your cabinet – it’s a natural fungicide) to treat the fungus.
Hope that helps,
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