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Good orchid news! I think...

This is a discussion on Good orchid news! I think... within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm going to ask you about a phal , shown in a previous thread, which ...

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    I'm going to ask you about a phal, shown in a previous thread, which I have for about 4 months, lost 3/4 of it's roots due to root rot (it was my first orchid, so...you understand). It's been repotted for a month and a half (since I've noticed it's growing a new leaf). The roots haven't grown that much (about half of the remaining ones started to grow from the tips, plus 2 new ones), neither did the new leaf. Today as I was taking a closer look, I saw what it looks like another new leaf. Now I'm guessing that the leaf which started a month ago will not grow much bigger, and my fear is that with that few roots left, the plant will not manage to grow two new leaves. What is your opinion?
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    I have seen orchids do amazing things, so I would not discount the possibility that the plant will grow new leaves. However, if a plant has gone through a hard time, it's new leaves tend to be smaller and then get larger over time as it recovers.

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    Thanks orchidlady! So you think the leaf will get bigger in time? That would be great, because I've seen a couple of phals with strannge leaves. The bottom ones were big, the next two were very small and the youngest were big as well, showing, I guess that the plant went, as you say through a hard time (mine certainly did).

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    I agree with Susan. I have seen orchids, especially phals, that were in terrible shape pull through. I have a phal that lost all of its leaves and I thought it was a surely dead, so I pulled it from the bench and stuck it under the potting table where it was 'lost'. About a month ago I was digging for something and noticed the phal. It had grown leaves Don't give up hope!! Your phal has a good head start.

    Good luck!

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    I too agree with Susan. Your phal looks very healthy now.

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