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Aww the poor little orchids...

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    Unhappy Aww the poor little orchids...

    First of all, even I know not to water them so much!! I found 2 tiny little orchids today! One was OK and one looked closer to dead than alive. They were in 1" pots of the soggiest coldest spaghnum moss topped with green moss I have ever seen! This was at a chain farm supply store.
    For $10 I was going to buy the one that looked OK because I thought sure I could give it a better home than what it had there! One of the workers started chatting with me and I ended up getting the almost dead one for free... as well I should!!!
    In the car for the ride home I took the deadest one out of it's pot because it would dry even a little lol!
    Well, I have no clue what they are! Not sure if they want to be planted in moss ever again or if I should do the wood chip orchid mix.





    Any advice or thoughts on what they could be would be great!

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    Wow.... those poor abused babies! There isn't much to go on but maybe a catt as that one dead leaf on the right one looks a bit like one. It's hard to tell without any leaves. Thought I would hazard a wild guess. My color guess is white flower just for grins lol.

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    Default Looks like Phals...

    These look like a phalaenopsis. This is their last ditch effort at survival (reproduction--passing on their genes to the future generation) after being so badly abused.

    I hate to tell you but these plants probably won't make it.

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    The roots look like Phal roots. That's my guess. They're also the most common in the box stores and chains. I haven't seen many Catts in those venues.

    Sphag makes a good "hospital bed" for traumitized roots. That would be my suggestion.

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    The roots don't look as bad as the ones on my other poor orchid.
    I'm all for spagh moss but they are SO soggy right now! Should I let them dry out until tomorrow maybe? Would that be bad?
    I wish my moss would come in already! I ordered from a nursery near me and it's taking forever and I have some desperate needs here!!!!

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    only other thing would be to cut off those spikes, better that the plant focus it's energy on leaves and roots than flowers....

    good luck!

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    They look like Phals. the Trogs. let water sit in the crowns causing crown rot . Good luck with them . Gin

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    Even in the best environment, you might not be able to rescue the two pictured phalaenopsis orchids. Those two orchids should have been given free since most likely they will die! If it was me, I would rather spend some money and get decent looking orchids with good leaves and roots!
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    I have to agree those look like phals and that spike confirms it on the one, but they are not salvageable. The crows on both look to be SHOT. I would say the best home would be to get a keiki on the spike, but I doubt thats going to happen since there are buds there already. Sorry to say I wouldn't have given a plug nickle for either of them.

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    Default Phals

    Seems like a concensus on the ID...sorry they are in such rough shape. May their previous masters have their feet shoved into boots full of soggy sphag!!! I would lop off the spike on the one on the right. There is a "chance" that they can be revived (well, the one on the right at any rate). Let them dry off a bit, and then sphag & bag them. Keep them someplace warm but not hot with a medium amount of light.

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