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Wrinkled leaves on an orchid I rescued

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    Default Wrinkled leaves on an orchid I rescued

    Hello everyone! I just rescued an orchid from a friend of mine. He was about to toss it, but I wanted to see if I could save it. I'm not sure what it is, but if anyone can help me help it, I'd be much appreciated.

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    I can also get pictures of the roots if it's needed.

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    It is a phalaenopsis and a picture of the roots would be helpful.

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    Looks very dehydrated. a look at the roots would help. You can soak the plant in warm water with some kelpmax to help destress a little bit. How is Relative humidity in your grow area?

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    Also, don't expect a big change in the appearance of the leaves. They likely will stay wrinkled until they drop. Look for non-wrinkled new growth (leaves).

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    I'd invert a plastic bag over the plant and pot to maximize the RH, and slow further desiccation.

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    Plastic bag technique is very useful. Just be sure that you keep it away from direct sun as it would cook the phal.

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    I'd invert a plastic bag over the plant and pot to maximize the RH, and slow further desiccation.

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    I would also move it to some medium that retains moisture better. That type of bark retains practically none.

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    Root photos. I haven't watered it in days. Let me know what I need to do. I might try the plastic bag with some sphagnum moss. I can make a temp pot with an old water jug. I'm pretty sure this guy needs to be watered ASAP.
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    To tell the truth, if it were mine I would toss it. There does appear to be a few roots that are still alive but i wouldn't have much hope for the leaves. Try the bag and sphag method but be sure to remove the dead roots first. They will just cause problems. As Sriram said put it somewhere that it can get light but not sun. The important thing is to keep humidity very high. Give it a few weeks and you may get lucky and see some new root growth. Should that happen, wait another couple of weeks then plant it in a small pot with a medium that holds moisture better than straight course bark. maybe sphagnum with a bit of chopped coconut husk and course perlite. All of this stuff is going to cost you $10-15 if you don't already have it and you can get a pretty nice and healthy Phal. for that. Continue to keep it out of direct sunlight and keep the humidity high. Never let it dry out completely but don't leave the pot standing in water either. Good luck!
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    Now that we can see the roots - don't pot it quite yet. Get a container that will hold water that all of those roots will fit into. Leave the leaves sticking out. Fill the container with plain water just to the point where the leaves start and the roots stop. Let the roots soak like that for a couple hours, then let it drain/dry. Do this daily, or as often as you can, for a few weeks. This will pump some water into the roots, which will then pump water into the leaves. After doing this for a few weeks, the plant will be better hydrated and more ready for any repotting or rescue steps that you plan to try. Good luck!
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