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Rootless phalaenopsis - any chances of survival?

This is a discussion on Rootless phalaenopsis - any chances of survival? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I bought this phalaenopsis for $5 in a hardware store, obviously didn't look too healthy ...

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    Default Rootless phalaenopsis - any chances of survival?

    I bought this phalaenopsis for $5 in a hardware store, obviously didn't look too healthy but I thought I would try and rescue it.
    Back then it had 9 leaves and 2-3 healthy roots. I put in a fresh substrate and probably watered too much.
    Anyway, after a week or two I realized it was going downhill, so I took it out and there were no healthy roots left.
    I tried sphag n bag for few days, but got mold every day (I soaked it in hydrogen pyroxide before), then I tried water culture for a week - everything got really brown.
    Now I have decided to cut off all the rot and as you can see in the first picture there isn't much left. One of the two leaves is half yellow (2nd picture).
    I soaked it in hydrogen pyroxide, put some cinammon on the place where I cut it, and then soaked the leaves only in a weak fertilizer solution. I also applied some rooting hormone.
    At the moment it's in a bowl with some moist sphagnum. The bowl has tiny holes (I bought ricotta cheese in it) and everything is standing in my daughters' tiny plastic greenhouse in a warm rather darkish spot. The greenhouse has 3 vents, at the moment I left them closed. There are also holes in the bottom, so there is some air circulation.

    Should I leave it alone and only keep the sphagnum moist or should I mist it/soak with fertilizer?
    I know that she most likely won't make it, but I can't bear to throw it away
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    Im sorry to say, but this looks beyond any rescue efforts, as i see only 2 leaves there and entire stem is gone.
    Time to get a new one then!

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    I will agree there are no roots and stem , even if it does survive it will take a long time to recover , I would give up on it too . Hay a good reason to buy another Phal I do like your orchid hospital setup thought very neat idea!

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    Ditto the above comments.

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    I saw this posting yesterday and felt the same thing. I hope you will go and get a healthy orchid so you can enjoy it. A sickly orchid takes the fun out of growing these wonderful plants. with your efforts.

    cheers,
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    I will definitely buy a new Phal but I wouldn't give up on the sick one!! I love to save plants, that's make my satisfaction even bigger ( don't forget that plants are alive beings too )
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    Thanks everyone, I will give it some more time, but don't really think it will make it.
    I have already found a new gorgeus phal with a new spike online

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    I too tend to fight to the bitter end to save an orchid, and I have felt very satisfied when they survive and, eventually, rebloom. However, without a stem, there is nowhere for new roots to grow from.
    I wish you much more success with your new Phal.

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