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Phal without any roots

This is a discussion on Phal without any roots within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; About six or seven months ago, one of my phals started growing a secondary spike. ...

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    Default Phal without any roots

    About six or seven months ago, one of my phals started growing a secondary spike. Then all of a sudden, this spike stopped growing and stayed like that for several months. One day I noticed that the spike had tripled. Only two of the three spikes are thriving, but the most curious is that the plant hasn't got any roots left. I noticed that the leaves started yellowing and fell off one after the other, so I decided to take the plant out of the pot and have a look at the roots. They were all rotten and I had to cut them all off. Of course, the three leaves it had left also started shriveling more and more and finaly fell off. But the spikes have continued growing and one of them is even forming bloom buds. Lower on the stem another secondary spike is starting to grow. I mist the stem every day to give it humidity and I've started watering with B1 to see if there will be root grow. Next time I have to water I'll take her out of the pot again, to see if anything is happening down there.

    Here are two pictures of it. When I take her out of the pot, I'll post some pictures of the whole plant.

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    I am sad to say this, but your phal is dying, due to the root loss, and is spking in a last-ditch effort to reproduce itself. Normally I'd say to cut the spike off an ailing orchid, to give it a better shot at survival, but with no roots and no leaves, I don't think yours would survive, even then. I think I'd enjoy whatever blooms it has, and hope that the spike might throw a keiki. So sorry!

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    Ditto to Kathi, sorry to say, this Phal has pretty much no hope.
    The plant is just using the last way of surviving, so just enjoy the flowers maybe and hope it will grow a keiki.
    So sorry for you!
    Alex

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    Just think of what a great science experiment this has been - an up-front and personal look at the last cycle in a phal, with a more obvious story than most! Just the experience should help you a lot with understanding and growing your other and future orchids.

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    feel sory for your phal, so hopeless. Enjoy flower, and gope for it's keiki and if you lucky, flower will pollinated and produce fruit. After that flask it. And you will have many phal for a years after

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    If it hasn't any roots how on Earth keep growing spikes even healthy looking one?
    I think there is a kind of system that keep it still alive,so there are hopes!
    First,cut off all rotten roots,2.powder with cinnamon,3.mount it on a stick,then put the orchid with stick in a transparent pot which has little dump moss on the bottom.The orchid should stay aprox.3 inches above the dump moss.At the end,cover it with a large plastic bag and place it on a tray with dump peble.
    It worth a try,why not???
    I usually don't give up on my plants,I will try anything to recover them!
    Good luck

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    At best, hope for a keiki on that phal orchid spike.

    cheers,
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