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This is a discussion on so happy within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; That root rotted phal I put in the bag for 14 months finally comes out ...

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    That root rotted phal I put in the bag for 14 months finally comes out and into a new pot. At times it almost bought the one-way ticket to the trash can, yet I still felt like giving it a chance. Sometimes the leaves got so wrinkled and limp that I wondered how much life the plant still had. Now it's in a pot with sphag, and the leaves are hard, almost wrinkleless! They even hold themselves up from the rim of the pot.

    For those of you with bagged orchids, don't give up.

    This is amazing. I thought I'd be forever stuck with a wrinkled droopy thing but now...

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    Great news Lily , Your persistance paid off . Gin

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    I guess I missed the beginning of this story... Exactly how do you bag your orchids? I have a one phal that I am trying to revive for a friend at work, that has almost no roots at all left ...

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    Default bag the phal

    I am also intested. How did you care for the phal? I also have one I am trying to save. The roots have all rotted and gone but the plant is still alive. It's been about a month and a half now, no new roots yet. I placed it in a pot with sphag and I make sure there is water in the bottom saucer and I bag it in an albertson's plastic bag with a little opening on top for airflow.

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    Well, I noticed my phal got root rot around May of last year. It was potted in sphag and I overwatered so it lost most of its roots except for about 3 alive roots (but not that great). What I did was put it in a sealed bag with sphag in it (sometimes I draped the sphag loosely around the roots). I usually kept the bag closed, but when there was too much condensation I opened it up to aerate it. Every few days I'd mist the few roots the phal had and moisten the sphag to keep the phal rehydrated. Afterthe first few months, two new roots began to grow. But unfortunately the older roots started dying back slowly, so the phal got really wrinkled and droopy. That got me worried, so I increased misting. Now, it has two new roots and the older roots that haven't died back. I guess that's enough roots to make the phal better...

    One interesting thing is that I've closed the bag with lots of humidity inside. I knew I was taking risks of a fungal infection, but somehow the phal survived fine. I guess a fungicide could have made things safer...

    I've also heard adding rooting hormone would cause roots to grow. Not that I've used it, but I think it will increase chances for more roots (especially on rootless orchids). Just an idea.

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    This is great, thank you for sharing. I'm just about to bag a den that I just got. It's going to lose nearly all of it's roots, there is just so much damage. But this post of yours is going to help me out a lot.

    And thanks for saying something about the rooting hormone! I have a ton of it somewhere. If only the Den can hang on a day so I can find it...

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