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Phalaenopsis rescue looks promising!

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis rescue looks promising! within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I purchased this rescue Phal about a month ago from the clearance rack because it ...

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    Default Phalaenopsis rescue looks promising!

    I purchased this rescue Phal about a month ago from the clearance rack because it had a single yellow flower with pink stripes, a pattern I found very intriguing. The leaves were already looking quite sad and droopy but I brought it home anyway. I immediately cut the spike and repotted only to find that the entire root system was rotted (it was in dense sphagnum moss in a glass jar with no drainage!).

    I bagged the plant in an inflated Ziploc bag, misted it lightly in the bag every day and kept it in the shade. After a few weeks, a tiny root nubbin began to show and it was trying to grow a new leaf. So I took it out of the bag and placed it on top of a baby food jar half filled with water. Now the root and new leaf have poked out a little more, but the old leaves are deteriorating. I'm curious to see whether the new growth will be able to sustain the plant before the old leaves completely die out. It's actually trying to grow another leaf already (it's visible in the third photo)! I'm trying to keep the leaves misted to prevent water loss, but is there anything else I can do? Maybe treating the plant with a root stimulant? Fertilizing? Potting it in bark? Any suggestions?

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    congrats on the rescue. root growth is a good sign. continue to keep it above the jar of water and using root stimulant certainly would help. let the phal grow root bit more and then you could decide to pot it bark.

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    Be careful to keep the crown dry. Do not let water collect and stand in the crown or it will rot. Other than that, keep doing what you are doing, it looks good!

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    Thanks ksriramkumar and Mary Kay!

    The new leaf is so small, it's virtually keiki-sized. I guess the plant is in "minimize" mode, trying to make do with what little it's got. I bought some Kelpmax recently and will try it on the stem to promote root growth.

    I've been trying to keep the crown dry but about once a day I fill up the baby food jar with water and soak the bottom of the plant, so the little new root can soak up some water. After that I keep the plant upside down on top of the jar for an hour or so to let any standing water drip off. There is also a fan going at medium speed in that room, so it usually dries off pretty quickly.

    I think once I see one or two more root tips I will repot into bark and let the plant acclimate to the new environment.

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    I hope it grows up graceful and gorgeous!!
    Karen

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlbush View Post
    Thanks ksriramkumar and Mary Kay!

    The new leaf is so small, it's virtually keiki-sized. I guess the plant is in "minimize" mode, trying to make do with what little it's got. I bought some Kelpmax recently and will try it on the stem to promote root growth.

    I've been trying to keep the crown dry but about once a day I fill up the baby food jar with water and soak the bottom of the plant, so the little new root can soak up some water. After that I keep the plant upside down on top of the jar for an hour or so to let any standing water drip off. There is also a fan going at medium speed in that room, so it usually dries off pretty quickly.

    I think once I see one or two more root tips I will repot into bark and let the plant acclimate to the new environment.
    Sounds like a good plan. And i will say the KelpMax is amazing! I have had incredible root growth on the plants I have used it on. Time to order some more.

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    You should be commended for your dedication and determination. And too, for your interest in noids and rescues.

    (You're not the only one here whose addiction was spurred on by your mistakes!)

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    My husband is convinced it's a plant pheromone, some kind of phytoestrogen transmitted by contact that brings out the nurturing side of susceptible hosts, aka orchid enthusiasts.

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    You should be commended for your dedication and determination. And too, for your interest in noids and rescues.

    (You're not the only one here whose addiction was spurred on by your mistakes!)
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    Amazing rescue! I really admire your kind of person, with such dedication to rescue unwanted orchids.

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    Well done it's seem the plant very happy under your care looking forward their outcome later.

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