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A survivor!

This is a discussion on A survivor! within the **NOT IN BLOOM** All Genera forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Allow me to re introduce my Ph. Gold Rush 'Brother' ( phal . golden amboin ...

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    Allow me to re introduce my Ph. Gold Rush 'Brother' (phal. golden amboin X amabilis).
    This plant was beautiful when I bought it, with gorgeous waxy greenish yellow flowers, 2 spikes, leaf span of 40cm (15") and another spike in progress.
    I would put it out on the ledge for the night and put it back on its growing shelf for the day, as it was a lot cooler outside and the leaves had wilted somewhat due to the very high daytime temps.
    One day I forgot to put it inside and left for work. When I came back, all of its leaves were brown, (smelled like burnt plastic) and inevitably rotted all the way to the crown in a couple of days. There was one leaf burried under the leca which had miraculously survived the 40C midday sun.
    Only a few top roots remained, as most of them were cooked in the glass container.
    I kept caring for it, feeling so guilty...I watered it more raringly, fertilized it, kept it cool and crossed my fingers.
    Then one day, 2 months after that, I noticed some changes: the crown was bulging, becoming fatter and fatter, then something popped up. It was a leaf growing!
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    Congratulations ! Patients can be rewarding. Janagolf (Janet)

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    Phals are amazingly resilient. Congrats on you success.

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    Good for you!

    Cheers,
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    Congratulations. Your success story is encouraging to us all. Reminds us once again that orchid growers need to be patient people.

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    Thanx ppl! Although all I did was sit and wait...
    Goes to prove that phals can take an awful lot of abuse and survive!

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    What an amazing will to live. It must like living with you and is giving you another chance. I'm lucky that most of my orchids are very forgiving too! :-)

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    She has already forgiven you and will one day reward you with blooms again.

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    Yeah I know...maybe in 2-3 years...

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