When we have a flowering plant in our home, it’s a sheer pleasure to watch it grow and bloom little by little. It’s similar to watching our babies grow right from the day of their birth – learning to smile, crawling slowly, standing up and the learning to walk. Growing an orchid plant at home right from the time it was a tiny plant can give you an immense sense of pride and joy. You try to learn all that is there to learn about caring for it in the best way possible. When the plant starts to flower, your joy knows no bounds.
If you have watched the growth of your orchids minutely, you can tell even the slightest change in them instantly – just the way a mother is easily able to notice a small, insignificant change in her child – and you don’t need a horticulturist to tell you that your plant is not comfortable.
You might notice the flowers looking fragile and falling off, leaves turning yellow and unhealthy, and all these signs will make you wonder, “Are my orchids dying? Can I bring them back to life? Have I lost them forever?” etc. Such doubts are not uncommon, but there is no need to panic. Even if you feel that your orchids have reached a point of no return, there are ways to revive them, unless of course, situation is well and truly beyond repair.
Certain aspects like over watering, under watering, excessive light or heat, the leaves staying wet overnight, adding too much fertilizer due to over-enthusiasm, and insects attacking can prove disastrous for the healthy growth of orchid plants. Most often, it is not very easy to make out if your orchid plant has any life left in it or whether it would even be worth trying to revive the plant, but then there is no harm in trying.
Normally, it is not impossible to revive an orchid plant, if the middle part of the plant is not decomposed and if there are some leaves and roots still intact. There is one tried and tested trick which has proved effective more often than not and here is the trick:
One best method to rejuvenate an almost dead orchid is to repot the plant into a snug and tight pot that can hold the roots together and supply good humidity while using a humidity tray. Remember to water your plant in the same way as you were doing earlier (unless overwatering got you in this situation to being with, of course!).
If the roots look damaged, remove the damaged part and wind some long, thin wires around the base of the plant and bend them slightly. Now, support the plant in the pot with wires well inside the soil, acting as the roots. These false roots can bring the orchid plant back to health.
However, if the part between the roots and the leaves has turned soft, decomposed or seems dead, then it is better to give up trying to revive your orchid plant. In any other situation, you can try to breathe life back into the orchid plant by supplying adequate water, humidity, timely nourishment, and indirect sunlight.
Have you ever thought one of your orchids was a goner, only to have success reviving it? Tell us how you did it by leaving a comment below.
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