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Paph roots in bad shape - need help

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    Default Paph roots in bad shape - need help

    I have a paph that is just sitting there with two new growths. The old flowered growth has completely disintegrated already. I pulled it out of the pot to check the roots and there might be one viable root left. What can I do to get it to grow some new roots? Should I keep it dry compared to before, should I add rooting powder, put it in a darker spot? I don't know what to do and I don't want to lose this beauty. Any help is appreciated.

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    Hi, Rich! Can you post a picture of the roots? I have one that I am now dealing with... I lost the bloom with no reason- it was looking good at the evening and in the morning wasn't there... I noticed she wasn't doing well and pour some peroxide in the medium. However, she was in sphag and was I guess too wet. I took her out of the pot and soaked in water+fungicide. Then left it bare root for couple of days and only sprey the roots couple times a day (is too hot). I was thinking to pot it today, but the roots still smell and I will leave it for tomorrow. I don't know if I am doing anything right and I don't know how the roots should look like so I can't tell if they are good or not... I hope you get some good advise that can also help me!!!

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    i had a maudiae type Paph where one growth fell off with no roots whilst repotting.. I sprinkled some rooting powder on it and then put it in moist (not wet) sphagnum moss and then covered the whole thing with plastic bag. I then put it in a shadey spot. This was a one off trial but it worked and the plant now has roots.

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    rotted roots off of one...repotted in fine bark and stuck iot back with the rest of my Paphs...it eventually grew new roots. Shady and humid is the trick and hope that new growth is still in root forming mode.

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    Keep it in lower light with high humidity. If the root is viable, it will come back. Do not let it dry completely out. Humidity is the key because paphs do not have p-bulbs to store water.

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    Rick, I think what I am doing now is about right. Today morning she looks much better than when she was still in the pot with smelly sphag. When I touched the leaves today they are not that soft anymore. I may even leave it out for one-two days.

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