04-13-2010, 03:47 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
You didn't specify what kind of orchid it is. That would be most helpful. In the meantime here are two "revive" formulas, mostly for plants that have been dehydrated in transit:
Revive Formula #1, courtesy of Daniel Barrett, Chester, Va:
Mix well to one gallon of water:
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 finely crushed Centrum with minerals tablet
1/2 t. epsom salts
1 t. liquid detergent
Submerge plant, pot and all, four hours. Drain. Bare root take towel wetted by solution and wrung out, wrap plants in moist towel overnight in a warm (70-75) place. In A.M. unwrap and run under tepid water to remove residue sugar.
Revive Formula #2, Courtesy of Susan Taylor, Bella On Line's Orchid Editor, Growing Tip #6:
Soak plants for several hours in:
2 parts sugar
1 Part drinking alcohol (any kind)
7 parts water
1 pinch epsom salts
1 drop Superthrive
1 drop dish liquid
If you don't have a centrum vitamin with minerals, I would think a tablespoon of liquid seaweed would be a good substitute.
The above formulas are stop-gap measures, and not meant to be substitutes for good culture. Do some research on your orchid to find out what it needs, and then by all means, do it.
Last edited by Orchid126; 04-13-2010 at 03:51 PM..