In the process, you will learn a lot about orchid care and you’ll be a much better caregiver in the future. Thanks for this one and wondered why. Orchid Pots. Crown rot occurs when water is allowed to pool at the base of the leaves. The time you should pot ASAP is if the potting media has salt build-up. Your orchids just won’t get crown rot because it’s 100% preventable. Crown rot is caused by a combination of overwatering, poor air circulation and low temperatures. Cinnamon powder works as a natural fungicide. HOW TO KEEP YOUR ORCHIDS' LEAVES FROM GOING LIMP. Then I lifted it and wait for the water to run out. Great question! Jolene, I had a beautiful blooming Phaleanopsis which I replanted as it came from a nursery, had roots sticking out the bottom of the pot. Humidity is an important factor in growing orchids, but if you’re overdoing your humidity requirements, black rot is an opportunist. Best! I point my fan directly at my orchids until the leaves dry off. Here’s an article that gives solid orchid care tips that you can count on: I just read your new experiment with watering all of your orchids in the shower. My orchid’s top leaves, they have a bumpy texture near the crown. Tip #2 Be a savvy buyer and check for crown rot before you buy. The spot enlarges in all directions and can reach the crown of growth to end up reaching the end of the leaf. At the time, I had no idea how much orchids would become a part of my life. Anna. If the infection reaches the crown or rhizome, the orchid will die. Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide over the affected area on your orchid. You shouldn't be timid about this: it's sort of like amputating a person's limb when they have gangrene. The crown for prevention and care will be USEFUL! This site is owned and operated by Orchid Bliss LLC. I never owned an orchid so with trial & error I finally got it to rebloom. Learn how your comment data is processed. Orchid crown rot treatment is, thankfully, very easy and usually effective. Shirley. I love all type of orchids. Your thoughts?? Moving orchids is always dangerous. I can’t tell you how many times I have broken a flower stalk when moving an orchid to photograph it! Crown rot is caused by a combination of overwatering, poor air circulation and low temperatures. Disappointed. Have a wonderful day, When it is time to water, I put water in a jug and slowly put the plant in the water keeping the top above the water line, then I hold the pot for a minute. Always water in the morning to give the excess water a chance to evaporate during the day. If you do notice pooling, blot it away with a towel or tissue. I am not a game to take it out of the pot. In fact, in most cases, plant roots that remain in soggy soil will start to rot which is appropriately called "root rot." Erica, Always empty the saucer under your plant’s container if it’s full of water. Thank you for your kind help. Now you’re wiser Next time, pot when the orchid is not flowering and new roots are growing. When the ice cubes melted, water accumulated between the leaves resulting in crown rot. Anna. As an orchid grower herself, Jolene creates elegant pots affording both form and function. I want to move my orchids outside this summer but worried about crown rot with the rain. After watering, I like to tip my orchid to the side to let any water that may be trapped between the leaves drain away from the orchid. My daughter gave me her orchid after it bloomed. Often times orchid sellers repot orchids, and you could pay to them do it for you. To treat crown rot, simply pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide over the affected area. If you don’t want to do repot it yourself, you could ask a fellow orchid enthusiast with experience repotting. Tip #1 Keep water from lingering at the base of the leaves. If the infection reaches the rhizome, the orchid will die. If you purchase bare-root orchids, you will need a good potting mix. If you need to save time, moving your orchids for a shower won’t harm them – unless you drop it, or break a flower stalk, or step on it when you’re moving them around. I thought I read somewhere that orchids didn’t like to be moved alot.