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Water Culture seems to work for struggling phal

This is a discussion on Water Culture seems to work for struggling phal within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Desperate times call for desperate measures. I have been struggling with a phal since 2013. ...

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    Default Water Culture seems to work for struggling phal

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. I have been struggling with a phal since 2013. It lost all of its roots due to root rot- media just poured out when I went to pot it (it was a gift phal). With a modified spag and bag technique I was able to grow 3 roots on it. Two survived but both were aerial. It grew two small leaves as well. Since then it hasn't done ANYTHING except sit there and sulk and occasionally lose an old leaf. l I took it out of the sphag and tried regular bark- still sulked. I tried superthrive, spraying, talking to it, making deals with it. It didn't help. My other orchids surrounding it are all putting out roots, leaves, and spiking and still Rootless Wonder did nothing. Charlie_76 sent a video on water culture. I figured at this point what did I have to lose so I modified it and suspended the phal above the water and sprayed the stem and roots daily. It has been 4 weeks and all of a sudden two little root nubs seem to be appearing! It is very disconcerting to put the stem of a phal in water so that is why I only sprayed the stem but it may be a good thing when all else fails. It was in sphag for over 4 months before it did ANYTHING so the fact that it only took 4 weeks in the modified water culture is a miracle.

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    That is great you are finally getting roots! Was the plant actually touching the water or did you just have it above the water? I wonder because how would that be different than just spraying the roots and stem daily? Does the water below it create humidity or something?

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    I am not sure what the difference is except that the water below might be creating more humidity (even more than a humidity tray) but I am not sure. The water is supposed to be changed every week so perhaps there is some beneficial algae growth? The stem is supposed to be in the water, but I had it barely touching the water. It would tend to stay wet because I would also spray the aerial roots daily which would drip down and condense water on the stem. Toward the end of the week the stem was more or less in the water. The plant isn't out of the woods I think until I can get a lot of root tips to emerge. Then hopefully I can decide whether to transplant it into seedling mix or the regular phal mix that I have with course bark and hydroton and lava rock.

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