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Help needed with a phal NoID rescue!

This is a discussion on Help needed with a phal NoID rescue! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Three days ago, I got a few overwatered and nearly dead phals on clearance for ...

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    Exclamation Help needed with a phal NoID rescue!

    Three days ago, I got a few overwatered and nearly dead phals on clearance for $1 each at a big box store. After trimming off all the dead, dying, and diseased roots, I repotted the healthiest one in a well ventilated plastic pot in a fir, charcoal, and spongerock medium. I also cut off the inflorescence even though it still had a bloom on it. This might have been the wrong thing to do, but I wanted the plant to focus its energy on regrowing roots and not try to make a last ditch attempt at reproducing.

    Since then I've kept it at a west-facing window, *lightly* misting it once or twice a day as needed. The leaves have firmed up and there seems to be some overall improvement. However, I noticed this morning that it has started to send up another inflorescence. Should I cut it off?

    The plant's overal health is my main concern. I'd much rather it put energy towards root growth and better flowers next year, but I'm not sure if cutting off the new growth is the right thing to do. My track record with phals is somewhat hit-and-miss and I wanted to get some other opinions before making my final decision.

    I know that pictures help with diagnosis and so I've provided a couple pictures I took while I was repotting it. I'll try to resize them and post them directly to this forum later on this evening after I get home from work. Let me know if I should include a picture of the plant in it's current state with it's stronger leaves and new inflorescence.

    It still has some roots as you can see from this picture taken while I was in the middle of repotting it. You can also see some new root growth.
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    The leaves are surprisingly turgid, but still not as much as I would like. The main thing that bothers me is that it seems to have a touch of sunburn. The photo in the link shows some white spots, but those are just some tiny scars.
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    Thanks for all your help!

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    My 2 cents...it can't hurt to cut off the spike, so I think your instinct is correct. Leaving it on could drain the plant and produce substandard/few flowers--not worth it, IMHO. Ah, delayed gratification...better flowers next year! Good luck.

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    I think you know exactly what to do and we are just here to confirm you are on the right track , good on you for saving these Phals they will recover and reward you in the future

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