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    Hi,

    I'm very new to orchids. I've had one for a few months, and everything seemed fine. Recently, my air conditioning has been running, and it seems to have taken a turn for the worse: The flowers fell off, the leaves fell off, and the stem is starting to dry. Of course, I can't say that the A/C is the cause, but it was doing well until then. I still see some green in the roots, but on the surface it's kind of ugly.

    I still haven't repotted it, but from what I'm reading, it seems that is a good idea (unless I'm too late). Is it worth it to try repotting, or should I give up and try with a new one? Any chance that I can revive this one?

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    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks.

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    i suggest u bring the temp up and repot....if that's sphag moss i would have said its staying moist but u said the roots still green.....looks dry...are u watering enough?

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    Sorry, but that looks....yea. I would bin it and buy a new one. Remember, phals like plenty of water, but need to thouroughly drain. You can leave them with crammed roots for a couple of years. They also like it warm, about 20C-30C, but to initiate flowering, you need to drop the temp at night for a number of days. I did mine this year at 10C for 2 weeks. But seriously, that is screwed by the looks of it. the main growing point looks dead.

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    Another tip, i always use Bark, as i find the Sphagnum stays wet for too long and rots the roots. If you get a new Phallie, get one in bark and see how that goes for you. I always let the TOP of the medium dry before watering, and the bark drains far better too.

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    didnt realise was a Phal........garbage bin for sure

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    Any orchid, if its main growth points have been fried, is not likely to grow again. Just cause the flower spike is still green or the roots are still going, doesnt mean the plant itself is gonna grow. I have had a few like this before.

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    ive had dendrobiums fall in garden beds and cut down to base because of rot and dormant eyes have grown.....orchids not as sof as they look tuff and adaptative

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    Thanks for everyone's input. I'll buy a new one, but this time I'll repot it right away. Maybe if I have some extra supplies, I'll even repot this one, just to see if I can get lucky.

    Thanks again!

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    trust me man, i have over 300. But i am saying if the main growth points are dead, the plant is too. Dendrobiums have multiple growth points, nobile types have them up the stem, aussie types have them at the base and tip. Phals have only a central point, same with Vandas and other monopodials, although a vanda is very good at sprouting from the side unawares. Odonts and other sympodials like Cymbidiums, all have growth points around the base of the pbulb. kill the bulb, kill the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colegnad View Post
    Thanks for everyone's input. I'll buy a new one, but this time I'll repot it right away. Maybe if I have some extra supplies, I'll even repot this one, just to see if I can get lucky.

    Thanks again!
    Like i said, it would be a waste of your time and effort. This one aint gonna grow again. Better luck with your new one! Also have a go with some of the others like Dendrobiums (super hard to kill) and Odontoglossums. Work out what grows best for you

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