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"Rootless Wonder" at it again

This is a discussion on "Rootless Wonder" at it again within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi Everyone, Last April I had a rootless phal that I successfully got to grow ...

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    Hi Everyone,
    Last April I had a rootless phal that I successfully got to grow three roots with this board's help. Two of the roots have survived (one was eaten by something but see no active issues). Neither one of the roots grew down into the medium (sphagnum) and instead coursed over the pot or grew straight up.
    The plant was moved to a bark medium about 5 months ago.
    I have noticed that" RW "often looks dehydrated so I have started misting the leaves in the morning and its two roots when they look dry. Each month I use Quantum Orchid and SuperThrive to try to get it to send out more roots.
    I have also tried misting the bark in hopes the plant may send down a root.
    All of my other orchids are sending out new leaves and/or roots right now so I am not sure if there is anything else that I can try to do for my slow learner. Is just more patience the key, do I need to stop the misting of the leaves and only mist the two roots in a "sink or swim" technique? Should I try brief soaks of the plant in Superthrive? Right now it just sits propped up in the medium. I am hesitant to go back to moss for fear of rotting in this humid climate.
    Any ideas?

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    if that is in my case, i would just leave it as is, and do the usual process that made it root. In my belief changing the routine, can stress the plant a bit, and if it does not like it, it will definitely go down the fertilizer bin.

    In my experience, Phalaenopsis grow slow, and picky with its environment Condition.

    Be patient.

    By the way, i also have superthrive. I use it also on all my plants. (Misting, soaking, spraying, and watering)

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    Thank you Jervis! I will definitely just be more patient and hopefully it will soon catch up to the others that are sprouting new leaves and roots like crazy.
    I do like the rooting hormones. They helped some rose bushes and banana bush grow to lush plants after they were stressed in transplanting.

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