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This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis root rot help within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I feel absolutely terrible. My phalaenopsis has root rot I believe. There are three, one ...

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    Default Phalaenopsis root rot help

    I feel absolutely terrible. My phalaenopsis has root rot I believe. There are three, one inch or less roots that are unaffected. I would really love to save it as it was a graduation present. It also has done amazingly well, going from two leaves to six and zero to two stems. It's just started to bloom after not blooming last year. I am desperate to save it.
    Thank you for the help!

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    Could you post a picture? It will help determine problem with your root rot.
    What is your watering regime? What its potted in (what kind of pot, medium)?
    Usually root rot is outcome of over watering.
    By stems do you mean spikes with flowers?
    If i would you and have phal with little roots and spike i would cut off the spike to let energy go to root growing instead of keeping flowers
    You might need to repot your phal.

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    There was a recent thread on this that might be helpful. Phals that lose their roots can be saved.

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    Yes a little more information would help us answer your question, especially pictures of what you are talking about!

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    Sorry I didn't give more details, I just got back from traveling for over a month to find my orchids in a bad state. My roommate said she watered them whenever she thought they needed it and she apparently soaked them for hours. It is my only orchid in a clay pot and in a mix of charcoal, sponge rock, sphagnum moss and bark. I'm just a bit peeved with my roommate. Thank you for the help!
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    In my opinion, those roots suggest that the issues began a long time before your month away, so you shouldn't be so peeved with your roommate, and a bit more with yourself.

    Orchids do much of their respiratory gas exchange processes through their roots, so need a potting medium that provides for plenty of free air flow around the roots, while storing and supplying plenty of water.

    If you want to save that plant - and it looks like a nice one - I'd do the following:
    1. Cut off the flower spikes. The maintenance of blossoms consumes plant resources.
    2. Remove all of the dead roots, which would be most of what can be seen in the photo.
    3. Immerse the plant in a solution containing a good root-growth stimulant like KelpMax for an hour or two.
    4. Pot it up in nice, fresh medium, water it in with that soak solution, and invert a clear plastic bag over the plant and pot to trap the humidity. With a very limited, viable root system, the plant cannot take up water very well, so can lose it through the leaves. Keeping the RH up in the interim slows that process, giving the plant more time to recover, rather than desiccate.
    5. Keep it warm, moist, and shady, and it'll bounce back in no time.

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    I would agree with Ray, there is still a chance to save your orchid, and as Ray mentioned take some of the blame for yourself not all of this was brought on my your roommate. This is how you learn thru your own mistakes, I am sure you will not have this problem again, we have all been where you are!

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    Very good advice - Kelp Max is awesome at stimulating roots in Phals for sure.

    If you cut the flower stems, they are at a great stage to put in a vase and enjoy as they continue to finish their blooming cycle. They won't last as long as they would on the plant, but you'll be able to enjoy them for some time to come, hopefully!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDT View Post
    This is how you learn thru your own mistakes, I am sure you will not have this problem again, we have all been where you are!
    if only!

    I've been growing for over 45 years, and every now and then I still find a plant I should have repotted long ago...

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    Quote Originally Posted by raybark View Post
    if only!

    I've been growing for over 45 years, and every now and then I still find a plant I should have repotted long ago...
    And that is the key, IMO. Repotting before damage is done.

    Getting a repot before roots are being killed. I repotted my entire collection in February, when new growth began. Orchids that were not in their media for 2 years often had the center roots in less than prime condition. Orchids closer to 1.5 years in the same media seemed better regarding roots in the center of the ball. So I am moving my repot schedule to every 1.5 years. 2 years seems too long after seeing my roots that were in for 2 years.

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