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Is she a goner?

This is a discussion on Is she a goner? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; yup you can try to stuff it in a bag to that it doesn dry ...

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    yup you can try to stuff it in a bag to that it doesn dry out, until it grows a few more roots. I see one good root there.

    I personally don't use sphag as a permanent medium for paphs, though it can be used to save plants. Paphs grow larger root systems in bark mix or coconut husk, etc.

    How often were you watering this plant?

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    You said your phal. does the same thing and loses all it's leaves and stem and growes a new one. Did you mean it loses it's flowers and flower spike?

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    Thank you everyone! I'm going to bag the plant with some mixed medium and added moisture, I've also been running the humidifer in my room more often and moving the plant away from any dry heat sources. By the stem I meant the spike, I'm not up on the lingo yet. I live in less than ideal conditions, 34th floor of my building with a heating system that dries everything out and of course heat rises. I was watering the Paph every 6-7 days, the pahl every 8-9 days, but the winter has been pretty cold in NYC, so we are all dried out at the moment lol.

    As for my Phal, she was a gift from an ex two years ago and lost her spike and almost all her leaves and i thought she was a goner. But she had one good leaf so i kept her, and viola after I broke up with boyfriend she grew a new spike and had new buds! Currently she is mirroring my love life again, but im sure she'll bloom again in spring.

    But it seems my orchids must lose almost everything in thes sometimes harsh conditions to even consider blooming again, so time shall tell. Will update in a month or so with news.

    Or maybe I'm over thinking it!

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    I think you could have water a bit more, but I think you are a better to judge. Usually in the winter my plants are dry by day 5.
    Best luck to your plants

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