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Rescued Phal

This is a discussion on Rescued Phal within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi, my name is Sandra and I am looking for some help. Back in May, ...

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    Hi, my name is Sandra and I am looking for some help. Back in May, I bought a phal in one of the box stores. It was full of flowers and looked beautiful. After all the flowers died off, which was about a month later, I noticed some of the leaves turning yellow and brown. I removed it from its pot and saw it had root rot. So, I went online and found this forum. After reading numerous posts, I decided to be brave and follow some of the advice given to others with similar problems. I cut off all the rotted roots, which there were many, and repotted it in new orchid medium. As of today, it has grown tons of new healthy roots. Last month while in the same store, I saw another phal, at reduced price. It had no flowers and didn't look fit for sale. I felt bad for it and decided to rescue it. When I got it home I removed it from its pot and washed away all the muck in it. I cut the rotted roots back, which left it with little tiny nubs. All the leaves started to wither and turn brown and yellow. It had one leaf that still looked healthy. It did not seem to be growing any new roots. But about a little over a week ago I noticed it was growing a tiny new leaf and finally a new root. My question is can I cut the leaves that are dying off, or, do I wait until they fall off. I really want to give it every chance to rebound. I have attached pics I took today. As you can see, it has a new leaf and a new root. Any suggestions would be deeply appreciated. Thanks to all.

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    Wow quite a rescue there, I would not cut the leaves off and just leave them to put enegry back into the Phal, it's putting out a new leaf and new roots so that is a good sign just be cautious not to over water this in the future instead increse humidity and supply a steady rate of a Nitrogen and Phosphorus rich fertilizer. Good luck you will not get blooms for a while but the priority to to get this little guy in good health.

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    just my 2cents, i would usually trimmed all the leaves leaving the two smallest leaves (those with the dark green color), this is to reduce transpiration of the plant because it is having minimal roots to maintain a water balance, i found it easier to revived them. trimmed all the black roots away as well and dust all the cut surface with antifungal. good luck

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    hmmm i wudnt cut ....but i wud keep humid and pot soon as possible in the smallest pot possible

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    Personally speaking I would try s/h , that's what brought back one of my phals that took a turn for the worst . Now it's growing roots like crazy , put out a new leaf and the old leaves have perked up to the point where you wouldn't know that they were wrinkled and limp just a little while ago . This is just my opinion though , good luck whatever you decide to try .

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    Thanks guys. What I did was put more orchid medium in the pot. It really doesn't have much to anchor it. I decided not to cut the leaves off. I will buy some root stimulator and hope this works. But, I must say that the brand new root and leaf is very encouraging. I really appreciate the help.

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    Kudos to you, Sandra! You're working miracles on the poor little guys.

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