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new (adopted) orchid needs major help

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    I just received this plant and upon inspecting the roots, I noticed there really aren't any. The long light green shots were outside of the pot. Are these roots? Should I repot in new medium? Please help....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I really would like to save this plant. Thank you.







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    Hi! Yes you should repot. When you have the plant out of the pot, cut off any roots that are brown, squishy or dried out. Heathy roots are green and white and firm. Make sure to repot in orchid bark, preferably fine bark. Don't use landscape bark. Make sure you cut off the roots with a sterile, sharp blade. Cut off the bottom of the central stem of the plant if it is rotted. The bark should come up to the bottom leaf when you repot. These guys like to be watered so that they never completely dry out, yet they cant tolerate being left in standing water.

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    Thanks for replying. A few more questions, though. What are the green shoots that were outside of the pot? Are they roots? Do I leave them, cut them off or push them into the potting medium? Do you suggest a rooting hormore?

    Thanks again.

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    The green shoots are roots, and they should be carefully placed back into the pot as you fill it with bark. Rooting hormone is fine, I use the powdered stuff you can get at any home supplies or garden store. Dont spread the rooting hormone too thick or too far up. Be sure to soak the new potting media in water for several hours to wet it before you repot.

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    looks like you have two, maybe three roots to keep on that... if any of the brownie looking ones also have a green tip, then leave them on... otherwise, snip snip... looks a healthy plant otherwise... nice fat leaves... just keep up the humidity on it till it has enough roots to support itself...

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    Thank you so much for the advice. I snipped all the brown roots and repotted the plant with new "special orchid mix" I got at my local home improvement center. I will keep it along side my african violets for humidity and hope for the best.

    Thanks again!!

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    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    I just wanted to add that the leaves look a bit dry in your photo. If you look at the lower leaf in the first shot, you'll see surface 'stripes' running down the length of the leaf. It's hard to really describe them - I call them striations. But a healthy phalenopsis leaf will have a firm, smooth surface and no stripes.

    If it's not getting the moisture it needs, it will suck it out of the leaves (as yours is starting to do). That's a telltale sign that it needs more water. But it doesn't mean simply water the plant more. It's good you inspected the roots. Your plant isn't getting the water it needs, because it has no roots to absorb what you're giving it. By repotting the green/white aerial roots in the bark, it will have a shot, but you don't want to rot the healthy roots with too much water. Don't let the bark dry out, but don't overwater it either. Watch the leaves. They'll tell if you how your plant responds.

    Good luck!
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