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Finally posting a pic of my sick Paph

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    Default Finally posting a pic of my sick Paph

    Hope I am posting this in the right place...if not sorry. This is a picture of my Vin colored Paph that went into bud and then all of the leaves went limp. When I unpotted it, the roots were all hollow except for one. Only ONE healthy root. I cut the inflorescence off because you guys made me (kidding) and the leaves are still all limp.

    Any suggestions?
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    well that will explain the bud blast. plants that have sustained a major insult will sometimes send up buds and/or keikis (on phals), although it is certainly possible that it budded up during a period of good culture and then something happened, i.e. overwatering (which may have been induced by regular watering and cooler temps, or less sunlight, or other environmental changes), sudden "rejection" of s/h (which sometimes happens).

    hollow roots need to be pulled off in their entirety, unless the base is still solid. otherwise they will just rot inside the new media and serve as substrate for nasty microbes.

    pick a plastic pot that just accommodates the remaining root(s). if there's 1 root, then no more than a 2" pot, I'd say. either some sort of fine bark/chc mix, or even loosely-packed sphagnum. keep shaded and humid.

    paphs aren't great root growers to begin with, and since it's winter it may take quite some time before it turns around. just gotta be patient.

    people can revive plants via s/h, but I personally find it's a great way to kill a shaky plant. if it has a new root that grew into s/h, i might keep it there; otherwise it goes into moss or chc for me.

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