new tool in my arsenal

newbiehavinfun(7a - Southern NJ)April 24, 2010

A week or so ago, I figured out that the reason my miltoniopsis was having so much trouble was that its pot was standing in water and its medium was decomposing. So I cut away the rotting areas, threw away the old medium, threading through the roots with a fork to remove any of the old stuff, and repotted. I also applied (and this is kind of weird and gross) nail fungus cream. Yes, nail fungus cream, to the roots closest to the rot. And it worked! The psuedobulbs are harder and the leaves look great.

I also used the nail fungus cream on a cattleya that I accidentally overwatered. I noticed that its above ground roots had fuzzies on them, so I pasted on some cream overnight. It killed the fungus and the catt seems to be very happy. In fact, it started new growth this week, so I'm happy as well! Yay!


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gesjenn(z8 WA)

Interesting, will have to remeber that if my orchids have fungal problems, LOL..

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 3:55PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
orchid126(z6, NJ)

You might not want to LOL about fungus problems, gesjenn, you can get them in a heartbeat.

Megan, thanks for the tip! Indeed, a new weapon in the arsenal.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 4:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dragon_kite(z6 NYC)

This reminds me of the time I got ringworm from rescuing some kittens a few years back. I went to my local CVS for a tube of yeast infection cream ...the whole time I was trying to convince the sales person that the cream was for ringworm, not a yeast infection.

Looks like now I can try convincing them that the cream is for my orchid, LOL.

Thanx for the tip Megan! Extra points for being resourceful and creative!

    Bookmark   April 24, 2010 at 9:31PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Laelia (Cattleya) Purpurata var anelata
My big purpurata blooms in May for me. It has one...
Boby Huffard
angraecum sesquipedale framboyant x bosorii lisa
Hi all, Two weeks ago i received an Angraecum sesquipedale...
yenika_zone10 Miami, Fl
orcid roots really short
do i need to worry alot about not getting the plant...
Katie Parker
Dend potting medium
I was given 2 hard cane dends packed tightly together...
Dendrobium Seed Pods
Believe me, I do not have a green thumb for orchids....
bilabongbong Z11b
Sponsored Products
WMF Royal Service for Four 20-Piece Flatware
Winston Navy 70 x 12-Inch Tailored Valance
$14.95 | Bellacor
Crosley Natural Wood Top Kitchen Cart/Island - KF30001EBK
$350.00 | Hayneedle
Safavieh Lamar Champagne Gold Headboard
Rosle Spaghetti Spoon
$33.00 | FRONTGATE
New Super Kazak Hand Knotted Wool 3'x10' Red-Ivory Floral Border Rug H5001
BH Sun Inc
Anatolia Straw and Ivory Rectangular: 5 ft. x 8 ft. Rug
$425.00 | Bellacor
'Be My Always' Personalized Canvas
$31.99 | zulily
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™