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Rootless Phal Sphag & Bag

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    Back in December one of my coworkers brought me a lovely mini phal as a gift to congratulate me on a promotion. Unfortunately, all the blooms withered and died almost immediately from cold shock on the way to the office. Silly me didn't think to repot it out of the tightly packed sphag it was in, so it suffered serious root rot on account of my over-watering it (even though I tried really hard not to!) About two months ago I took it out of the pot, dunked the "root" ball (sphag and all) in KLN solution and threw it in a clear ziploc bag. Today I decided to check up on it since it didn't appear to have any new roots, but the leaves are still a grassy green if a little wrinkly. I searched OT for some other methods of sphag & bag since I thought maybe I just wasn't doing it right. I found this one: http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...roots-yet.html and decided to try her method of keeping the plant above the wet sphag. I pulled it out, pulled all the moss off the plant and cleared away dead roots and what I can only assume were dead leaf bits under the surface when it had been potted. I was surprised to see how healthy the stalk/base/under the leaves seemed to be for seemingly showing no signs of new roots.
    I took a couple of shots before putting it in the cup and back in the bag. I'm being very patient with this one because it was a gift and I'd hate to never see it in full bloom.

    Are these the starts of new roots?
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    Is this a new leaf? I don't remember if this little nubbin was there when I bagged it originally.
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    IT'S ALIVE!!! Congratulations for fighting so hard, it looks like it's working. Best of luck to you.

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    Thanks I hope it rewards me for all the care I've shown it!

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    Great work!!

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    In my opinion -I could be wrong however- but the first pic looks like a spike, the second one is a root and the third looks like a new leaf forming. Well done and keep us posted.

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    Well if it's putting out a spike I'll be quite pleased! I never got to enjoy the flowers when I got it, and I've never had a phal rebloom for me so far!
    I'll be keeping a close eye on this one... or maybe I shouldn't seeing as I ignored it for so long after throwing it in a bag? haha

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    I can't be sure that the last pic is of a leaf, it also could be a spike -terminal one though- but never the less a spike all the same. But then again they could all be nothing more than roots and leaves but you never know until they start to grow....

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    Indeed! I'll be doing a dance if it spikes haha. Would it be too much of a drain on the plant though if it doesn't have any roots first?

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    Yeah it would probably not be a good idea to let it bloom if it is not in the best of health.

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    Damn, lol

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