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Stunning Phal in flower - can you identify?

This is a discussion on Stunning Phal in flower - can you identify? within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Oooh boy, I am in a serious fix with this plant. Unfortunately it is the ...

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    Oooh boy, I am in a serious fix with this plant. Unfortunately it is the first plant I've ever used hormones on, so it was a learning plant. I was not aware until too late that using keiki-growing hormones actively inhibits root growth. This plant had been re-potted not long beforehand and was not yet stable in terms of developing a good network of new roots in the new media. Really bad time to use keiki paste, I now believe!

    The result has been the successful growth of one keiki, but the total loss of all roots on the mother plant. I have never seen that before on a Phal.

    The advice I read has been to remove the keiki paste, wait a day or two, then add rooting paste. I did that, but two weeks later there's no sign of root growth. The plant has dehydrated badly and the keiki has stalled.

    So today I transferred the mother plant to live sphagnum moss. This often works miracles for Phals BUT I have never tried it with an entirely rootless plant, nor in mid-Autumn.

    Please send your prayers ... or practical advice

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    Hopefully your plant will recover. Sometimes you have to wait for roots more than two weeks, one of mine showed new root growth only after about 6 weeks, but it was not in live moss just media free over the water in container with daily misting few times a day. And it was in July- August with temp over 85F inside and RH about 40.

    I have a question for you when did you apply keiki paste? I applied on mines on few occasions and all times got new spike.

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    Everyone who wants to know the name of an unknown hybrid should be shown this picture. This is a perfect example why NoIDs are NoIDs and always will be. The flowers on one spike don't even look like each other, and whatever the genetics of this is it can't be unique to one plant. If it is true that it started with a particular cross then you can maybe narrow it down to that breeding line.

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