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This is a discussion on new roots within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; While cleaning I knocked over an orchid and when I caught it the whole plant ...

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    While cleaning I knocked over an orchid and when I caught it the whole plant just lifted right out of the pot rather easily. I took that as an opportunity to inspect the roots before putting it back into into it medium. Well ALL the roots were shiveled up and DEAD, DEAD, DEAD

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    Except for these tiny little nubs on the new spike. Clearly the poor plant has been living on the old bulbs for some time now

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    But despite all this of the lack of roots it is still putting out a spike which I fear I'm going to have sacrafice if I want to save the plant.

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    For now it is sitting in moist spag in a bag, for how long? Anyone what to venture a guess?

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    Teena, I'm the kind of grower that finds root and shoot growth as exciting as blooms, so good job keeping this one going. I'm far from an expert, but I believe if it were my plant I'd probably keep it the way you have it until I saw some sign of roots through the bag. Which may be longer than needed, but I don't think it would cause any harm.
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    Martha, if it were mine, I'd take it OUT of that bag and pot it up...right now! I'd also leave the spike on. Personally, I'd be more afraid of getting ROT in that bag. Just the fact that it is putting out roots tells me that it is strong enough to live. Just my personal opinion...Betty

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    That's a very good pic, its the first time I saw a Sphag-and-Bag pic! Thanks for sharing it Martha

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    YAY!
    I'd just leave it, I looks like lots of roots are coming out!
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    Well, Martha, you DID ask for our thoughts!?!!?!?!?!?!

    Sphag-n-bag makes me nervous, but that's because I either keep opening the bag every day, or I forget about it and let good roots come and then rot before I look again. If you do keep it bagged for a little bit, remember to open it, check the dampness and root condition at least once a week. I'd repot, adding in some rooting hormone and/or superthrive, when the roots are long enough to grab some hold of the medium - maybe 1-2"? If you repot it before then, the plant has a hard time stabilizing in the pot, and you risk bruising or even snapping off the root tips. This is especially true with a tall, thin plant like a brassia or oncid (I'm assuming this is some type of oncidinae). I have actually staked them from both sides and wrapped wire around the stakes to hold the plant upright in the pot. Oh, and warm and shaded location while it's recovering - I'm sure you already know that.

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    Thanks everyone. Maura, it's in a shaded place but there really isn't a very warm place in my house unless you count the bed when the heated mattress pad is turned on. I usually put my still active hand warmers in the container with it at night. I do check it every 4 or 5 days and the roots are very, very, very s l o w l y getting longer. Watching paint dry is faster! This is teaching me real patience. - martha

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    Hopefully they are ok and I agree with Betty anyway good luck.

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    Ok, the Sphag-n-bag is not for me so this is totally my opinion.
    Betty and Maura have sound advice. I personally would pot it. I know you grow indoors. I am a firm believer in a cool mist humidifier. They are so cheap and honestly, can almost bring the dead back to life. I run mine during the day for about 6 hours. I use them not only for orchids but for gesneriads and begonias. I think you will be fine with the abundance of rootlets emerging. Keep us posted.

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