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Broken orchid

Question: broken orchid

good morning to all, I had a phalenopsis orchid with two beautiful branches, both with buds, my grandchildren playing broke the twigs right where the gems were and now I see that, despite the leaves are beautiful, the branch is drying, moreover, the jar I bought it with is breaking because the roots are pushing, what can I do? thank you very much for your reply.

Answer: broken orchid

Dear Lara,
as you may notice, the phalaenopsis produce new floral gems right along the stem that previously bore the flowers; unfortunately if this stem is damaged, the plant will have to produce a new one before it can bloom again. Since your plant grows larger, it clearly means that you know how to grow it in the best way, only to wait a few more months before seeing the flowers again. As for the roots that develop by breaking the vase, it is a clear symptom of the fact that the plant is fine, and that it is in the best climate. Only you will have to repot it; in the nursery, buy a plastic vase for orchids, transparent, and specific soil for orchids, consisting of bits of sphagnum, bark, polystyrene. Extract the plant from the old pot, being careful not to damage the roots (if necessary, cut the old pot to extract the plant more quickly); move your phalaenopsis into the new container. If the bread of roots is very broad, you can also decide to divide it into two, thus producing two distinct plants; it is clear that in this case your phalaenopsis will hardly bloom soon, and with good probability neither one will produce more than a floral stem. During repotting, be careful not to ruin the roots; if they should accidentally break, clean the breakage point with a sharp scissor, making a clean and not frayed cut. The new pot will have to be made of transparent plastic, this is because the roots of orchids are generally aerial roots, they do not develop in the soil; it is clearly understood from the fact that they are green, that is they have chlorophyll inside them, which carries out photosynthetic activity. When a phalaenopsis root takes on a greyish color, it means that it has not received enough light.