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    Hi everyone,
    I know that stories are long and may be longer from shorter and informative questions however I had to say in this way;because the plant that I am putting pictures of is not only three leaf and a weak root but my friend;and honestly I do not care the fact that I am able to find an orchid of this quality but It has a spiritual meaning for me.I want to fight until there is no chance,when all the leaves are rotten and even It is hard I will put my effort and this is why I am seeking your help,a guide for me to what can I do.

    I bought this one from market when I went there to buy items for my dorm.This plant helped me to survive in a new environment and made me passionate about orchids.
    So please help me !
    Thank you
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    Some other pictures of the plant
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    Hi, your orchid definitely has a root problem. Its either to wet and losing roots or to dry and not getting enough water. It looks as though you
    have repotted recently so you probably know what the roots look like, they must be firm and not mushy, mostly green but not always. My advice
    is to check roots remove dead or decaying ones (with some thing sterile) and keep moist but not soggy. Another thing I would do is remove
    any medium from crow of plant. GOOD LUCK HANK......

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    Hi,
    I will put another picture as I told my mum to repot it and put some IBA to the area.I remember that there were near to no roots I think the problem might be this;
    I put my plant to a bowl and wait for 2 minutes,then put it back to where it is.
    and maybe this is not reaching ?

    The picture will be posted here in an hour or two since my plant is in my hometown but I am in university.I will be really glad apart from these answers (http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...-survival.html) is given because even a sickly orchid that will recover is the most important orchid for me no matter from where It is brought or how common it is.
    Thank you again

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    Hi, your orchid definitely has a root problem. Its either to wet and losing roots or to dry and not getting enough water. It looks as though you
    have repotted recently so you probably know what the roots look like, they must be firm and not mushy, mostly green but not always. My advice
    is to check roots remove dead or decaying ones (with some thing sterile) and keep moist but not soggy. Another thing I would do is remove
    any medium from crow of plant. GOOD LUCK HANK......
    Unfortunately this is the picture
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    Okay, from the picture it looks as though the Phal. has some roots that is a plus. Purchase new mix I use a bark mix. Soak it
    for a period of time to retain water. Repot in a smaller pot (less roots) I use clay but plastic is fine but it will need less water.
    That being said it might take (2) or more years for that plant to bloom. If that is your only plant you might want to purchase
    a healthy one to enjoy the blooms. I have had mixed results bringing sick plants back and as I said it takes a lot of patience.

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    Dear hank3443,I thought that the roots look dead but thank you for comments.Should I put to a water which has this solution ?
    Half teaspoon of sugar in 2 litres

    Also even It will bloom that long I have a phal that has 4 flower spikes so watching him and caring this orchid will be the best for me.I was wondering since It was potted in bark so is this a bark that should not used ? (pinus brutia)
    Thanks a lot for your comments and suggestions,I really appreciate it.

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    There might be some liquid rooting hormone (I think one is called Dip 'n Grow) that you can coat the roots with (let dry) then repot. Also, it might help, once you repot to also put it in a small humidity chamber or small terrarium to help increase the humidity for the plant. I've read that this helps those orchids that may have suffered a loss of roots.

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    Apart from my question about the roots,
    in another site I was told that If I put the phal to the fridge for 2 days this would enhance root growth,is it right or way to risky ?
    Thank you for your answers

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    Good question. All I've heard about is the Dip n' Grow and a terrarium. I would think that the significant change in temp (fridges can be as low as 4C) might be too risky. It seems that the temp flucuation is specific for orchids; like 'don't go below this particular temp'. But perhaps a more seasoned orchid grower would know if this would work and why?

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