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Old 11-21-2012, 08:36 PM
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First rescue plant

I was in our local hardware/nursery today and came across this orchid.

The label said its a Sarcohilus Orchid.

It had two brown flower spikes and one that I think once had flowers... not sure.

So I pulled it out of its pot when I got home and it was in a terrible state.

I have repotted in a mix of pebbles, bark and perlite. When I pulled it out it was only growing in perlite and it has mould and all sorts of yucky things...

From the shop

the scary mix...

The roots washed and cleaned

and in its new home...

Question.... do I cut off that flower spike?

It has lots of new little growth so I hope this is a good start and I have saved it from its mouldy pot...
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:41 PM
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The plant actually looks quite healthy, lots of nice roots. You did the right thing repotting it. I would cut off the two stems that are brown and leave the third that is still green. I'm not familiar with the type of orchid it is but a quick google search says that it prefers shady conditions (so probably same as a phal with indirect bright light) and cool temps with plenty of air movement. In other words, treat it like a phalaenopsis and you should do fine.

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:33 AM
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Cut the old spike when it browns and dries up.
Looks great i have a couple of these i really like them.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:39 AM
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I've rescued many orchids and these roots look good. Don't be afraid of "new" orchids, like I was. This should be lovely when it blooms!
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i love surprise orchids, there is something exciting about not knowing what the blooms will be like enjoy. it looks reasonably healthy
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