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This is a discussion on Operation - Save Keikis on Phal and maybe the Mom within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Thanks Bruce I was researching a bit on the internet on rootless orchids and they ...
I was researching a bit on the internet on rootless orchids and they spoke of a method that supposedly worked doing the following:
1-Every other day place the plant upside down in a container filled with water and weak fertilizer. The leaves have to be submerged in water for 30 minutes. This should get rid of the dehydrated leaves issue and give energy to the plant to produce roots.
2-keep rooting hormone on the base and keep it lightly moist by placing moss around it and keeping it in a shady place.
I might give that a try.
What do you think?
I think its a great idea Bruce I will take photos of the various stages, of progress hopefully and if I am succesful, I will be more than happy to document it in an article!
Let s know what happened to the Phal eventualluy...
sounds like it'll work, just make sure not to let water sit in the crown...and if there's any residue of keiki paste left wash it away, cytokinins (in keiki paste) are anti-auxins (in rooting hormone)
I know I should have followed up on this a long time ago, so sorry for that
Unfortunately the noid in question did not make it. I really think that it should have worked. I think the problem was that I tried this too late; the Phal was already weak. Also, I went on vacation at one point for about 10 days, so that surely didn't help.
I don't see why though, it wouldn't work. I actually would encourrage anyone in that situation to try it. I would also love to see the result of whether it works or not.
I have had some plants that did not have any healthy roots left at all. I really did not hold out any hope for them at all but I figured , what the heck , if it survives it is one tough plant , and they are one tough plant . What I did with mine was to cut part of the blackened stem off , what sits below the mix. Potted in bark and spaghnum moss , it is doing just fine . Never skipped a beat .