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Moth Orchid Leaves gone but still has a couple air roots. Can I save it?

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    Default Moth Orchid Leaves gone but still has a couple air roots. Can I save it?

    I was given a Moth Orchid to rescue by a coworker. She had repotted it in bark but the pot was very large and the bark didn't dry out so the center roots have rotted and all the leaves fell off. There are about 4 air roots remaining. Some dark spots on them but not too awful. How should I go about reviving this plant or is it a lost cause already?
    I've seen something about a spagh and bag method, water method etc. but can't find any information on how to do them (except don't let the leaves touch the bag. No problem there!) or when it is appropriate to use these methods. I do have root hormone and Super Thrive available. (I am a Master Gardner growing large outdoor gardens but indoor plants are my struggle) I also have orchid potting mix and sphagnum moss available.
    Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks!!

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    A picture would help! I'm currently in a similar situation.. Mine is potted in leca stones in a small pot topped with Spag moss to promote humidity. It has 4 roots that aren't that healthy, no signs of new roots yet but it is shooting a new leaf.. Don't really know why, I would think that it's main concern would be producing roots, leafs are kinda leathery. Would like to know if somebody has a better method
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    Hello and welcome. A picture would be helpful. if the phal has ariel roots then it is not really a problem and it can grow back the roots with appropriate TLC. cut off the rotted roots and then apply a fungicide/Physan and then soak them in rooting hormone and then pot it in a loose mix of bark. just mist water and it should revive, don't apply any fertilizer till the phal stabilizes

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    Tried to post a picture but it didn't work for me. I did take your advice to clean up and soak in rooting hormone. It is now planted in orchid mix with the roots pretty open. Just some moss covering. I will keep it kind of moist. I have good air circulation around it. Fingers crossed.

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    Great news! I cleaned up the poor thing. Soaked in root hormone then put it with some loose sphagnum moss into a big brandy snifter I got at Goodwill for a couple of dollars. Put some cellophane over the top and Eureka! it has a couple of new leaves and the roots have plumpted up and turned green!! I am thrilled! Going to give it a little more time to get healthy and move it to a pot with a bag around it for a little while. Thanks for all the great advice on this forum I've read. I want to be a good orchid mom so plan to keep coming back to forum to learn.

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