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what do you think is wrong with this phal orchid?

This is a discussion on what do you think is wrong with this phal orchid? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Ok, here is my newest rescue. It might not even be worth my time to ...

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    Ok, here is my newest rescue. It might not even be worth my time to help it recover but I'll give it my best shot. I scooped it up about 3 days ago from a boxstore. Most of the leaves were shriveled and floppy, it was covered in mealy bugs and I could tell that it was packed into enough sphag for about 4 plants- and the sphag was pretty dry...BUT it had this beautiful flower still and a few unopened buds and I figured that for $3 dollars the flowers were at least worth it. So I carefully brought it home, dug out all the nasty, packed sphag, cleaned it up and confirmed that most of the roots were dead. I potted it back up in a coconut chip, LECA and sphag mix. I'm just wondering if there is anything else that I can do to help this little guy out. The leaves have firmed-up some but I'm guessing that they will always be somewhat wrinkled and leathery. My concern is mostly the dark spots on one of the leaves. What do you think?
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    looking good, it will recover.
    btw, your phal is probably a leucadia cross.

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    Looking much better than the one I accidentally drowned did before the rescue started. It should do just fine. Mine has now produced 4 new leaves and is starting either an air root or a spike in just a few months.

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    Thanks Ron and Jonada. Hopefully some stability will help. It definitely has suffered from both ends of the spectrum- being over and under watered. My problem is just being patient and not over-caring for them...lol.

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