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Dead Orchid or Possible Zombie?

This is a discussion on Dead Orchid or Possible Zombie? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello Everyone, So, I've got a few questions. I was asked to "save" two orchids ...

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    Default Dead Orchid or Possible Zombie?

    Hello Everyone,

    So, I've got a few questions. I was asked to "save" two orchids my mom had (they're phals/'moth orchids'), she was (against my direction) watering them once a month (you read that right) and refused to put them in her window or near any light what-so-ever. I got the orchids, one had a dead, shriveled leaf, the leaf literally looks ill, the texture is not that of a leaf, its more like the texture of a very,very thin rubber band-and after pulling it from the pot I was saddened to see every SINGLE root was brown, dried, shriveled, apparently dead. I chopped all the roots off, leaving the one root that appeared to possibly be drinking water (although it looks super dead and brown with water I swear it got a little green. That could just be me wishing that to be so! lol. Anyway, my house is high in humidity greater than 80% and the temperature is 73-75 all day and at night 63-65. After chopping all the roots I read about the "spag and bag" method, so I did everything except the bad (as my house is humid enough). I'm wondering is there any hope for this orchid at all or is dead? When I search "dead orchid" or "how to tell if an orchid is dead" I cannot find an answer! The other orchid I had to chop all but two very small aerial roots which were green, I'm SURE that one will re-cooperate with TLC. My next question is how long should it take for the orchid with two very, short but living roots to grow more roots? There is NO leaves on the orchid that has two salvageable roots Final question, if the orchid with NO roots and ONE dead (and sickly dead at that) is going to resurrect itself then how long should it take for it to grow a SINGLE good, healthy root?


    I'm limited to my cell phone for photos, my apologies because these are hardly visible but it'll give you a very rough idea and I'm hoping my written word details more than these photos.

    Thank you sooooooooo much for you time, knowledge and HELP!

    Blessings!

    Here's the orchid with NO roots, that's COMPLETELY BROWN and has one diseased looking, dead leaf. Apologies on the poor, poor camera quality.
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    Hate to say that it looks pretty hopeless from the picture

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    Yes, I recommend getting a new healthy orchid. I don't believe that one will ever make it.

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    Can either of you tell me about how long it should take for the orchid that does have a few healthy (albeit short) roots to sprout some more or to get long enough that I can actually re-pot it for my mom?

    And just for clarification, the super dead looking orchid will not recuperate or have either of you had any that looked to be as dead that you've manage to save? I know it sounds ridiculous but I feel like they're little injured beings with some frame of consciousness.

    Thanks for your replies!!!!

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    While the photos are ... less than optimal, from what can be seen I'd third the motion to pitch it. Plant appears to be quite dead or so close to it as to make no difference.

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    I don't think these can be saved. As they have no leaves at all, all you could hope for is a basal keiki. If they're not dead (and to me they look as if they are), it can take months to see any improvement

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynettehansens View Post
    Can either of you tell me about how long it should take for the orchid that does have a few healthy (albeit short) roots to sprout some more or to get long enough that I can actually re-pot it for my mom?

    And just for clarification, the super dead looking orchid will not recuperate or have either of you had any that looked to be as dead that you've manage to save? I know it sounds ridiculous but I feel like they're little injured beings with some frame of consciousness.

    Thanks for your replies!!!!
    It may take a few months for you other one to get to the point where you can pot it. I don't see any signs this one will survive. It wouldn't hurt for you to try as long as you do it without any expectations.

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