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IT WORKED!!!

This is a discussion on IT WORKED!!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I purchased a beautiful DTPS Tung Ling Red Monkey Phal in September. It had a ...

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    I purchased a beautiful DTPS Tung Ling Red Monkey Phal in September. It had a large spike full of buds and was to be my Deep Red Christmas orchid. As the buds began to open they all blasted. Then the leaves began to wilt. I unpotted it and found that all of the roots had been rotted off by the grower. I took pictures and contacted the seller and she was gracious and gave me a credit. She called me and made suggestions as to how I might save the plant. She had me plant it in perlite which I was to keep damp and bag it loosely. Didn't work. I tried planting it (really just the crown and some knobs was all that was there) and keeping it moist, warm and bagged. Didn't work. Now I have it wrapped in spaghnum and tented. I think I will try your rubber band method. The 2 large remaining leaves have good color although they are limp. I just can't make myself throw that little red monkey away! I was successful in saving a large noid white cascading phal that had one live root by planting it in medium bark and bagging it loosely. It has 2 new leaves and I am hopeful it will spike.

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    Keep Doin What You Are Doin .. It is a learning experience , Some of us are just not quitters .Good luck with it ... Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoOrchid View Post
    Toss it? I don't think that is what I should/would/will do. Every experience can be learned from. By doing this with this "trash" I learn something that may help me know how to save another "more valuable" plant.

    If it does survive, as it seems to be trying to do, I can give it to my mother in law and chalk up some more brownie points. If it does not, then what have I lost?
    I agree...don't chuck it until you know for certain that there is no hope (and even then I still hold onto it for another month or so just in case). You are absolutley right about learning from the experience...that's also a reason why I have flasked NOIDs...every little bit of experience gained helps further down the road. I know there are those who poo-poo the thought of wasting the time, but it is better to learn on a NIOD big box store plant and learn how to save it then to try with a rarer and fail, adding another tag to your drawer of memorials (I have started mine...and no, none of the flasks are on that list).

    Keep up the good work, expirement, keep notes...they're far more valuable than you can imagine!

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    Okay, Aaron...

    Despite what I just called you in another thread, we should hook up this weekend, for a photo shoot. You game?

    McJulie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Okay, Aaron...

    Despite what I just called you in another thread, we should hook up this weekend, for a photo shoot. You game?

    McJulie
    Oo, oooh, an update on the flasking of the century pending? I was thinking about that just the other day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Okay, Aaron...

    Despite what I just called you in another thread, we should hook up this weekend, for a photo shoot. You game?

    McJulie
    I'm game....what did you call me?

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