How To Rehabilitate Dehydrated Orchids

If your Orchid plant is looking droopy and dry, there’s no need to cry! Today you will learn how to rehabilitate using the clever Teabag Method.
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Whilst Orchid Plants are utterly gorgeous, they can also be very fussy house guests. Today you will learn how to rehabilitate dehydrated Orchids using the teabag method.

This will bring them back to their blooming best and restore them to their former glory. If you loved learning how to retrigger your orchids, this is another brilliant Orchid Care tip you will be keen to know.

By using a teabag, you release tannic acid into the orchid’s roots. This will have the same effect that a nice, steady rain out in the wild would. It will signal your orchid’s roots that it’s time to grow and bloom.

The best part about the teabag method of rehabilitating your dehydrated orchid is that it imitates nature’s natural healing properties.

Rehabilitating Dried Orchid Supplies:

  • Black tea teabag
  • Small plant clippers
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Small container (for catching dirt)
  • Small cup or bowl (to hold the orchid overnight)

How To Rehabilitate Dried Orchid Plants

via Michael’s Orchids

Start by putting your plant clippers in a small container full of alcohol so that the tips are completely submerged.

Remove the orchid carefully from its pot by gently pulling and shaking it out.  Keeping the container underneath the orchid, start looking at the plant’s root system.

If your Orchid contains a bag of moss from its initial planting, this could be the reason your plant isn’t faring too well. Also, be sure to take note of any dead or dried out roots.

Rehydrating The Orchid Roots

The next step is to remove as much of the old potting soil from between the roots as possible. Once extracted, you’ll need to remove the old flower spikes. Be sure to clip above the node at the bottom of the spike.

Now it’s time to give the roots a quick rinse. After completing this step you should notice some areas of the root are far greener than others.

These are the healthy roots that you want to leave alone. The dried up, papery, and beige parts need to be clipped off.

Making Your Orchid Some Tea

After you’ve moved all the decaying roots, you’ll need to prepare your teabag solution.

Mix your bag with a bit of distilled water and let it steep for about 5 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a strong blend, just enough to slightly color the water.

Placing your orchid in a small container or cup, pour the tea solution so it covers the roots, just up to the leaves.

Leave your plant like this for a full day, then remove it at night. Repeat this process for 3-4 days until your plant starts looking healthy again.

Signs Your Orchid Is Healthy Again

via Michael’s Orchids

Signs of healthy orchid leaves are when they feel firm and are sitting high. You shouldn’t be able to bend them.

Your orchid will need a bit of an adaptation period, anywhere from 1 – 3 months on average.

During this time, you’ll need to be extra vigilant watching out for root rot and other signs that your plant isn’t healthy.

Rehabilitating Dried Orchids Video Tutorial

via Michael’s Orchids

In this video tutorial, you’ll see exactly how Michael from Michael’s Orchids takes this Orchid plant from droopy to healthy. Using the teabag method we outlined above, he achieves a great result.

It doesn’t take much to rehab your plant. Just a little love, a bit of time, and a teabag. To see Michal in action, click play above to watch ^

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