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mystique Blue phal's new leaf has this black stuff on it

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    Nope still got some juice left, so your still in the running. Make sure you put it in a small pot, these type of plants like to have cramped roots. When you put the bark around it make sure that it doesn't go past the last leaf you cut off, you'll have to put a stake in the pot to help stabilise it, they don't like wiggling around. Check this out How to Repot a Phalaenopsis Orchid | River Valley Orchidworks

    Hope everything goes well. Btw sorry that you got jipped on the "blue" phal, guess you'll have to chalk it up as a learning experience.

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    I would try to save it. The main part of the plant looks good and you have green roots. Use isopropyl alcohol on the black parts (not the roots, dries the roots too much), twice a day for a week or two. Don't get water on the leaves. I'd pour a bit of the alcohol into the top of the leaf to get the places you can't reach. The leaf might grow out or die but if the rot wasn't too extensive in the top, you should get a new leaf. Phals tend to grow slowly so....
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    It's always a conundrum when you have an orchid that takes a turn for the worse, especially when you've really put the time in to take care of it properly, and it seems as though you really have. You have more than enough advice here on how to save it, if possible, so, depending on your interest in the learning experience, it's always a good exercise, particularly in patience, to see what you - and it - can do. On the other hand, hybrid phals come in so many natural colors and sizes these days, it's not too huge an investment to pick up a new thriving plant and enjoy it while tending to the sick. Personally, I think you deserve a pretty magenta, or yellow, or white, with all the variations in between for all your efforts!

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    perhaps try the sphag and bag technique until it has stronger root growth?

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    well now i feel horrible...because i threw it away! mainly because the new rotted leaf seamed to stop coming up...I dont know....

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    Oh well, time to get a replacement then, but now you know more.

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    Don't feel bad...we've all lost plants at one time or another. But I think the most surprising thing I have learned through growing orchids is that they are tough little pups. They want to live and will fight hard to do so. I joined this forum after receiving a sick Phal Bellina in the mail and wanting to know how to save it. It had three tiny, yellowing leaves and all of its roots were completely rotted and useless...except for one aerial root which was about 1/4 of an inch long. I never would have expected this plant to make it, but after cleaning it up, repotting it in sterile mix and misting that one good root daily, it sprouted new roots within a couple of weeks, and it now has two healthy, bright green leaves with a new one sprouting out as I write this. It will take some patience, but that baby's going to bloom for me eventually!

    The people here are GREAT...there's practically no problem they can't walk you through, and orchids are tough little plants. Don't get discouraged! You'll find your happy place. I've got about 20 phals all through my house so there's always SOMETHING blooming while I'm waiting for something else to grow.

    And if you're really concerned about a sick/rotting/bad-looking leaf, I've learned that you can actually chop off the leaf in question without killing the plant. Just use sterile scissors and cut the leaf off as close as you can to the base of the plant. The phal will grow new leaves, as long as it has enough root mass to sustain the plant, which it looked like yours did. I've cut off leaves on a couple of my plants because the leaves showed signs of rot, and I didn't want it to spread. The plants just grew some new leaves and went on to flower as normal. They're tough little cookies.

    Anyway, I'm wishing you the best of luck!
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    Hey, don't sweat it! We all make mistakes and throw away plants and kill plants etc. Just be glad it was only a white Phal, after all. You can practically pull one of out thin air, they're so common. I'm surprised white Phals haven't acclimated themselves to grow all over the world by this point.

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    Thank you...I have moved on actually from the "fake blue one"... earlier this week I bought a cattleya, so I have a total of 3 orchids now....eventually Im hoping to end up with a green house of assorted orchids lol..but not for a lonnnggg time lol they have become such an obsession almost...

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