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HELP I've overwatered my Orchid!!

This is a discussion on HELP I've overwatered my Orchid!! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; In the wild, a lot of Phals grow 'upside down'. The roots are attached to ...

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    In the wild, a lot of Phals grow 'upside down'. The roots are attached to the trees above the leaves. Hanging this way, the plantdoes not get water in the crown of leaves, much less likely to rot, so if you find a bark slab or tree branch for mounting, try setting the plant so it grows downward. I have left phals unpotted for over two months. Once a day, I suspend the roots in a pot of tepid water and let them soak for 10 or 15 minutes to allow the roots to absorb as much water as they can, then I pop it back near the east window.

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    Lots of really good advice! Thanks everyone.

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    Wow thank you all so much!! I will certainly try some of these suggestions. My phal and roots look so dry and shriveled...theres only a very few that look like theres a little life left in em, and well...even one of those roots looks like it was "smashed" in the middle and barely hanging on :*( I didn't re-pot it in the soil, as you guys suggested not to, so at the moment its just sitting out...kinda just...looking really dead to be honest But I'm not going to give up yet. I cant, I just dont have it in me

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    Crystal, Before you trim any rotted roots, be sure to give the roots a soak in tepid water for at least 10 minutes, up to half an hour. Any living root will plump up as it absorbs moisture, that will help you figure out which roots are still living.

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    That I will do. I think I was worried to do it because of my plant being OVER watered, but now its looking dry...I've been just kinda spritzing it with a bit of water here n there...I'll definitely do the soaking once I get back home! (I'm at my sisters at the moment...and she has a gorgeous orchid...its roots look green and fat, compared to mine that look shriveled and dry....and SHE thought HER orchid was dead at one point!! O_O)

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    We're all rooting for you, Crystal! Let us know how it goes.

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    Thank you guys. Not much has been going on, except the roots seem to be "shriving" even more...the roots that are "healthier" looking are the ones hanging on by barely there 'shrived' roots... :*(

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    I would definitely cut the spike and save the plant. I have had customers come in with orchids they have drowned and they think because it still has a bloom spike it is alright. I always suggest the removal of the spike and of course repotting and cleaning up any rotting roots etc.

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    With a Broken heart, I have to update.... My orchid died. Completely totally and unquestionably died. :*(

    It just...shrivled. Nothing was left of a good root. It was dry, and practically crispy. Thing is, I dont understand why, because although I did not re-pot it, I DID spray it with water quite often, but overly-so. I dont know what happened. :*(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladynite View Post
    With a Broken heart, I have to update.... My orchid died. Completely totally and unquestionably died. :*(

    It just...shrivled. Nothing was left of a good root. It was dry, and practically crispy. Thing is, I dont understand why, because although I did not re-pot it, I DID spray it with water quite often, but overly-so. I dont know what happened. :*(
    Sorry. Why not get a healthy one and start it off right. Be sure to check the roots if you buy one at a boxstore or home improvement store. Good luck.

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