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boxstore Phalaenopsis With no roots

This is a discussion on boxstore Phalaenopsis With no roots within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello all i just recently joined this site in hopes of learning more about My ...

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    Paphiogirl is offline Junior Member
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    Smile boxstore Phalaenopsis With no roots

    Hello all i just recently joined this site in hopes of learning more about My Favorite plants/flowers and expand my collection through networking, and just discussing orchids!
    I have 2 paphiopedilums with beautiful mottled foilage i belive they are the Maudiae one is the color of lemonaide (and just as sweet) and the other the color of portuguese wine and just as euphoric i also have 2 newly obtained brassidiums one being a Brassidium. Shooting Star x Brs. longisima and the other Brs. Haleahi Spider 'Golden' x Brs. Caudata. both produce similar spidery blooms although they are newly aquired and have not rewarded me with any blooms as of yet. This past monday was my birthday andalong with a bebe shoppign spree i recieved a phalaenopsis orchid from boxstore as a gift. Beautiful cream colored blossoms possibly 30 or more flowers all with deep pink/light red lips. a true gem
    However after a 2 days the flowers were all wilted, ive owned a phal before and it constantly rewarded me with plentiful fuschia blooms 2 sometimes 3 times a year, and grew a large keiki i gave this plant to my sister when i moved from beauty school to a salon as i figured she wanted more plants and i didnt have room for it on my new station at work..she killed it wiithin a month Convinced i had the orchid touch i couldnt help but get excited about my newly aquired Phal. and then i took a look at its roots and decided it needed a good trim. upon uprooting the phal and beginning the proces the more I snipped off the more i came to the conclusion that this plant must have very little root if any, to my horror when the process was over although i generously tried to just "Trim" the roots, i inevitably had to discard any root on the plant due to the fact none of them were viable.
    This plants leaves are pert and errect the flowers spent in less than a day and it has no root system to sustain this orchid. i dusted the stump left by the "trimming" with rooting hormone more for its fungicidal properties rather than rooting properties Boiled some orchid medium in water and prepared a plastic tupperware pot by poking holes all over it . wrapped the dusted end of the orchid with sphagnum moss and plants it best i could allowing the crown to rest on the medium but not so much as to burry it and rot it anymore. i placed two cpu fans around the pot to insure good ventilation and am constantly spraying the leaves with lukewarm water. is there a chance this plant can come back, and if so what could help my chances.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated and id love to hear about any of your orchids as well. i am very interested in paphiopedilums especially the ones with long sepals. such as mount toro and paph philippinense.

    Cheers, Hiza

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    Phals can come back from just about anything. If you keep the humidity up like you have been doing, and resist the urge to overwater, you'll probably be able to save the plant. Your phals leaves will get wrinkled, but newer leaves will be fine. Keep us updated...and good luck. Phals and dens have a will to live that is something else.

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    Thanks connie, ive been watering it sparingly and the cpu fans dry out the medium rather quickly so it is relativly dry. Also, i cut down the pikes just above the most available node, i dont plan on blooiming this one for a while until it can sustain itsef but im not sure if the spike hold some water as this plant dosent havea rhizome or p-bulb. should i remove it?
    thanks again for all your Help!

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    Am in the same situation with 2 orchids i got on the groceries store, i repotted them and cut almost all there roots and there getting better really fast i hope yours too !

    Good luck!!
    Emeli

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    I'm also in the same boat. I hadn't purchased a phal in a few years from a box store but gave in last month. Two weeks later I had to cut the spikes to save the plant. Now I'm left with a phal with no roots and my fingers crossed. Hopefully I'll be able to save it but I'm not very optamistic.

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    i wasnt very optimistic either jason, but i have heard stories of orchids being shipped to peoples houses and getting lost and then being delivered after weeks of floating around the postal system and when finally delivered i guess the plants original roots had died but subsequently new roots were growing further up the crown, alot of people say there quite resilient so im going to give it my best shot, whether the plant lives or dies at least i gained the knlowledge to check a pot before i buy the plant, i have to remeber there should be some roots in their...just a shame, had i known it was in such ruff shape i wouldnt have paid a dollar, not even for the decorative planter it came in :P

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    For example...this little phal. It didn't like s/h. It didn't like regular potting stuff. It kept growing aerial roots so a couple months ago on my way to the trash I changed my mind and did this to it. You will note it seems happy...it bloomed this week. Sometimes you just have to find where the picky thing likes to stick it's roots. lol

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    Beautiful Orchid! i guess ill chin up and hope for the best!
    Thanks again connie

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