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Need help with my Phalaenopsis.

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    Default Need help with my Phalaenopsis.

    I got a Phalaenopsis a few months ago. I'd always admired orchids. They went on sale at a local store. I know now that they were not taken care of properly. Recently all of the leaves fell off. Almost overnight it felt. I've taken it out of the packing and I think I removed all the rotting roots. I'm pretty sure it was overwatered by the store and thusly myself as I had no idea how to take care of one. I was honestly just lazy to look up how to take care of one online and it did not come with care instructions. I've been reading through the forums of people with simular issues, but still have leaves.

    What I want to know is, is it salvageable at all with all of the leaves fallen off?

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    Phalaenopsis orchids will produce new leaves farther up on the plant from where the previous leaves grew, if it recovers at all. If it's crown is still healthy it has a chance. Being it does not have leaves, it will require less water.

    Are there still many healthy roots?

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    Korae, I have pulled a Phal back from the brink of death when it was in a similar state as yours. What worked for me was; first, make sure it is potted in a good medium with good drainage, place in an indirect light area. Next, and this worked for me, water once every 7-8 days with a very diluted fertilizer. As Ron said, if the crown is still good and there is no top-rot, it may come back. I have found that Phals are very resilient and it takes alot..I mean alot, for me to kill one.

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    Ron, there are many healthy roots, but I'm fairly certain the crown is not in good condition. For the simple fact it's about an inch high above the roots after everything falling off of it. I feel so terrible! I can't really judge the color of the crown to see if it's rotten either due to the fact it was one of those orchids companies put out as "speciality orchids" where they dye the plant for that specific bloom...

    (Companies really need to stop putting stuff on plants to "spiffy them up".)

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    ah...saw they had white Phals done in green for St Patrick's Day! right in the draft of the entrance to wally world. Poor things did not look well at all!!

    I have had more orchids die under my care than I would like to admit to.

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    Thanks for that info Chris, I'm glad I'm not the only one to murder plants!

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    The over-watering can cause root to deteriorate and therefore killing the plant. You should be careful. Water it only if you feel that the soil is dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumblebee View Post
    Thanks for that info Chris, I'm glad I'm not the only one to murder plants!
    We always learn from the mistake.

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    It would be very helpful if you could post some pictures

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