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Never throw away a dead looking phal if it still has good live roots.

This is a discussion on Never throw away a dead looking phal if it still has good live roots. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; This phal got a serious crown rot and all the leaves have fallen off but ...

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    Default Never throw away a dead looking phal if it still has good live roots.

    This phal got a serious crown rot and all the leaves have fallen off but the roots are still look good and healthy.
    I've read somewhere that such phal can give a basal keiki, so i decided to give it a try. I water and weakly fertilise the plant, i.e. the roots in this case, regularly like my other healthy phals, and surprisingly today i saw this green stub growing in between the roots. I'm very pleased that it's showing a sign of life and growth and hopefully it will grow into a new plant soon. Shall keep posted on how it grows and develops.


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    Congrats! The exact same thing happened to me during the past year. In fact, it ended up throwing up 4 keikis total. They're incredibly resilient plants.

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    Down but not out! Great care you did arwan. Kudos to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_tiger86 View Post
    Congrats! The exact same thing happened to me during the past year. In fact, it ended up throwing up 4 keikis total. They're incredibly resilient plants.
    How is your phal doing now Kelly? Do share some pics, it'll be a great motivation for me to keep trying to save them.
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    Down but not out! Great care you did arwan. Kudos to you!
    Thankyou Jervis.
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    It's doing beautifully!

    This is when it started in early late November:

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    And this was just taken a few minutes ago:

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    As you can see, basal keikis grow rather quickly since they have the benefit of obtaining nutrients through an already well established root system. I'm expecting blooms next Spring, if I had to guess! I don't think I'm going to separate them from the mother stump, either...I'd rather keep them together to have a really good show when they all spike!

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    Congrats Awran. Roots look very healthy. I am very happy for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Congrats Awran. Roots look very healthy. I am very happy for you.
    Thankyou Sriram.
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    Wow!! Kelly, they have grown big and healthy. I would also leave them all together if they were mine for a great show when they bloom.
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    Wow!! Kelly, they have grown big and healthy. I would also leave them all together if they were mine for a great show when they bloom.
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    This is great to see and something to remember about phals. I would have been terribly discouraged and probably discarded it. Looking forward to seeing the progress. Thanks, T

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    Love this. Thx for sharing this kinda thing.

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