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Phal in Dire Need of Help (or is it too late?)

This is a discussion on Phal in Dire Need of Help (or is it too late?) within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Originally Posted by Phyrex Would the Phal survive if I only left the arial roots ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phyrex View Post
    Would the Phal survive if I only left the arial roots and trim it all the way until about 1/2 an inch under these, or do I need to give the nearly-dead-semi-green roots a chance of recovering? I'm worried that the rot may persist if I keep the three doubtful roots? I'd give them a chance. Since the plant will be in loose sphag, you can easily pull it out and check the roots to see if the rot has continued. IF it has, then cut them off. This is an area where the hormone powder really seems to help. If you are really uncomfortable with them, cut them off now.

    Is the fact that the sprite is getting dark from the bottom up a reason for concern? No, don't worry about the spike at all. It will eventually turn brown.

    Are the arial roots healthy? Shouldn't they have a greener tip? Root tips are often white, as they have a covering over them. If you mist them, then green should show through. Please try to cover those roots very lightly with sphag, you don't want to strangle them. Remember these plants don't grow in soil, so exposed roots are not a big deal.

    Another n00b question; when I cut the sprite do I cut at and angle or straight? I'd just cut it off straight. You do not want it to try to respike from that one because it would drain all the plants energy.

    Sorry for asking so many questions all the time. I just want to keep it alive and not do it more harm than I already did. You are doing fine. Remember that no one who has grown orchids has ever saved every single plant. Keep us posted.

    Thanks again for all the help.
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    Another quick question. I only have east facing windows and used to keep the plant about 4 metres away from the window which are always coved by closed venetian blinds. I've recently moved it right next to the window and tried to open the blinds slightly for more light since the leaves were quite dark and I was told that the rot/mold would persist if kept too dark. Is this okay or should I keep it 4 metres away from the window as you (Diane) suggested. Even if I put it next to the window with the blinds closed it might be considered a very low light area compared to other growing areas.

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    You can keep it next to the windows with the blinds closed for a couple of weeks. Once you see any signs of new roots open the blinds up. Just don't let the plant sit in direct sunlight.

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    I finally had some time to stop by the local garden centre today to pick up what I needed. Got some root hormone, fertilizer and some medium bark. When I got home I went to town on the black roots; I checked the semi-black ones but they were still nice and green inside so I kept them. Applied the hormone and put them in a nice medium bark since I am too scared to continue with the sphag.

    I'll be misting the bark daily for about 2 weeks and then I'll check the roots again to see how they look. Fingers crossed!!

    Does anyone know the proper name of my phal since I don't and I am currently still looking for some proper books to buy (suggestions welcome)?

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    It looks like an Phalaenopsis Amabilis...phals are easy, relax....you won't believe how soon new growth will be showing everywhere. They are notoriously wonderful survivors. I have five out of six rescued phals to attest to their hanging in powers. Good Luck....
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    It's probably some amabilis cross. Just enjoy it, no matter what the name..

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    The sprite I cut off is getting very brown now and one of the two leaves has drooped all the way to the rim of the pot. I guess I could have expected that with so few roots.

    I mist every day in the morning (about 10 squeezes from the spray bottle) is this too little? I know the drooping of the leaves usually means that there's not enough water but because of the condition the Phal is in it's probably because of the lack of roots, right? The bark, however, seems to dry out very quickly and by about 3PM it looks as though it hadn't even been watered; even the arial roots are back to their normal greyish look (from nice green when just misted).

    Should I still be watering normal one a week (with bark) or just the misting daily?

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    I use the old stick the finger into the bark test. Stick your index finger up to the 2nd joint into the bark. Is it moist? If yes, just mist, if no then water. It's going to be a tough ride for your phal for a while. Make sure you give it a tent of some sort to hold in humidity.

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    Hi,

    This is how it looks now after about a week of root hormone. Everything has continued to get black. I don't think it's looking promising. Should I just cut it off at the red line (picture), or what else can I do?

    The white parts at the bottom and on the roots are just remnants of the root hormone, nothing else scary.

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    Peel off those old dried leaf pieces too. And put it in lightly packed sphag instead of bark.

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