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Philippinensis basal keiki?

This is a discussion on Philippinensis basal keiki? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I made the mistake of mail ordering from Germany three phal species without consulting the ...

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    GiovannaD is offline Senior Member
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    Default Philippinensis basal keiki?

    I made the mistake of mail ordering from Germany three phal species without consulting the weather prediction first. As it turned out, the phals arrived during the week of the most severe snow blizzard to ever hit Athens in the last decade, along with all time low temps. Jeez!
    When I got the packages, I wasn't expecting much to have survided the near freezing temps, and I *seriously* doubted that my package especially was sitting in a heated room at the airport postal hangar.
    So I opened the box and saw that I got one very dead celebensis, two leaves connected by a dry root that carried a label "philippinensis" and a mini mark in spike, but with serious cold damage on the crown and a dry emerging lead leaf .
    I immediately transplanted the mini mark in s/h hoping to avoid further damage, tossed the celebensis and repotted the philippinensis deeper in the same medium (bark) and occasionally misting it. The top two leaves had been detached from the crown, leaving one noticeable hole in their place.
    It has been 2 months now. The mini mark has subspiked, and starting sth that's either a new spike or (hopefully) a keiki. The lead leaf is still quite dead.
    The philippinensis seemed dormant but when I poked around in the media today I found a teeny tiny growth on the side of the crown, along with some sort of root growth. I am kinda worried about the white spots, so I repotted into s/h. Well? Do you think it stands a chance?
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    Oh, sure. I have seen much worse looking phals come back to life. We had a tiny, orange colored phal that I did not think I could save. There was only one leaf and very few roots. Soon, the last leaf came off so, no leaves and just some roots in sphag. I put it on the potting bench under some cattleyas and oncidiums that had 'problems' and mostly forgot about it with my busy schedule. It grew a new set of leaves out the side of the plant next to where the last leaf fell off. I basically just watered it and kept in in low light conditions. It put up a spike with one bloom that year.

    You phals could make it. Give them time and keep doing what you are doing.


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    yup, contrary to popular belief, i think orchids are very forgiving plants. back in the early days of their discovery they went through a LOT because back then people have no idea about their needs. from the looks of it i think those two phaps will make it. with your help ofcourse!

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    Hi Giovanna,

    Just give it a Tender Loving Care and it will surely be back in A1 condition. :-)

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