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Frozen Phal--HELP!

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    Default Frozen Phal--HELP!

    Earlier this week I ordered some pots from a place I frequently shop and because I can't resist, I also ordered a little phal seedling. (It also helps avoid the minimum order surcharge if I just added one little thing to the order.) ANYWAY-- it just arrived and the poor little seedling is pretty frozen. I have attached photos--

    What should I do? Should I cut the damaged portions of the leaves off? Should I try to let the little thing stabilize before surgery? AAAH! Is it a goner?

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    OMG!
    how are the roots?! The cells in those mushy leaves are dead so cut those parts off. Check if some roots are frozen and cut those off. Looks like you will still have 1/2 of the leaves and some good roots to work with, just grow it like ordinary and it should send a new leaf from the top. It will grow well in that sphag moss.

    I had a phal bellina that got fried in the July heat in shipping before but I didn't change it to sphag so it died. However the vendor replaced it and the second one and it got fried too, but I grew it in sphag moss instead and it is growing new roots and leaves Similar type of damage to yours, the dead parts there traslucent. I have no clue why the guy sent it in coarse bark knowing that it will take some time to get into Canada from California and the weather is hot! Then I guess I have no idea why I bought that from the states when they aren't that hard to find.

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    Keep a very close watch on it. If the damage has gotten into the leaf axis the whole leaf will die. And that will likely cause rot. I would let the vendor know you aren't happy, although their response will likely be that they aren't able to control the weather.

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    If the roots got frozen , unfortunatly its dead. Was it shipped with a heat pack?
    even if there are still viable roots, it will be a long time before recovery. I would talk to the vendor.

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    Okay, I have performed surgery--the poor little thing looks so sad. It doesn't look like the roots were frozen (hooray), so maybe it will manage to survive.

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    Thats good. it will be a long road to recovery if it survives. Talked to the vendor yet?

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    Make sure you spray those leaves with Physan or some other fungicide. The stress of the cold, the damage to the leaves, and the cuts will leave the little guy very susceptible to a fungus or rot.

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    I worked something out with the vendor. I will still try to save the little guy, but now he has a brother without damage.

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