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Orchid Recovery from Severe Sun Damage?

So, I left my phal in the sun for too many days and all the leaves fell off.....

Is there any hope left for this plant? I know it looks fairly bleak but there are no more leaves but quite a few good roots left.... I'll try pretty much anything if i can see that there's a way to bring it back. Although it will be a long road to recovery.

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Old 09-10-2017, 04:14 AM
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I would say not. Sorry but that looks like a loss........
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Anything that I can try in the off chance that the plant responds to something?
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:13 AM
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Anything that I can try in the off chance that the plant responds to something?
I honestly don't think there is any hope but hopefully others will reply with some suggestions. I personally would throw it out but hold on to it until others give advice.
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Have to agree with Bolero... There is nothing left to salvage. On the bright side you now have the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new one!
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Buy a new one, but if you'd like, you can experiment with this one. Since it doesn't have any leaves, it has to way to photosynthesize, except maybe by the roots. Some of the roots still look good, and the roots have chlorophyll and will photosynthesize. Not as much as the leaves, but better than nothing.

Anyway, you'll have to keep the roots exposed. If you bury them, no light will get to them. Keep it somewhere bright, but OUT OF DIRECT SUN lololol, and maybe mist the roots several times a day, and maybe, if the crown isn't dead, something will happen. I can't tell if there's any green left in the crown (the point from which new leaves emerge). If the crown is totally dead, and it's nothing but roots, then it's dead because there's nowhere left for new leaves to grow.

But seriously, don't count on it doing anything. That is one dead lookin' plant. Don't get your hopes up, but it might be fun to see what happens.
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And also... why are there eggs in the pot? Are those eggs? Like, just eggs? Why?
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And also... why are there eggs in the pot? Are those eggs? Like, just eggs? Why?
You know I was wondering the same thing but was afraid to ask.......
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The egg shells are supposed to give some extra calcium to the media. but maybe that's just an old wives tale
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The egg shells are supposed to give some extra calcium to the media. but maybe that's just an old wives tale
Ohhhh I think they are meant to be crushed up and spread through the media.

Makes sense now.
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I crush dried eggshells and mix a handful in with my medium. I also use them in my veggie beds. Hard to know if it helps, but it surely doesn't hurt.

Yes, that plant looks like it's pretty dead. If you are going to try to revive it, I would soak the whole plant in a kelp mixture, then lay it on top of some moist sphagnum moss or damp paper towels, and put it in a clear plastic bag or container. Then maintain humidity and hope for the best. Good luck.
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hmm. how would i make/buy a kelp mixture?
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Inside the bag I put in the moss/paper towel and the plant as well? or just the plant?
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Regarding the kelp solution, I use KelpMax from FirstRays.com. I just started using it this spring, and I'm amazed at the results. Crazy root growth, and my plants seem overall more robust and vigorous. I'm pretty skeptical of everything, and when I heard people online making big claims about dramatic results from KelpMax (like I'm making now lolol), I didn't believe it, but I tried it and it works. It's magic, and I don't even believe in magic. I checked the website just now, and it says that they do ship to Canada.

And yes, put the moss/paper towel and the plant in the bag. Don't completely seal it in there, because it will still need to get some air. Some people keep the bag/container sealed, and open it to let it vent from time to time, but this is not a method I have used, so I can't say how often that should be done.

And yes, now the eggs make sense lol

Good luck with your plant, and keep us updated on your progress.
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Yes. I ordered the Kelp . Let's hope the plant survives until the kelp gets here. lol
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Well, there may not be much more to save. I went and clipped off all the dead roots and here's what I got left. I'm periodically summerging the roots in water to green them up and keep what is still alive moistish.

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https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4...m9IdkR4d0ZLdmM

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4...nQ5Q3V5N3Q2WmM

This is kind of like trying to save a brain dead patient
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Oh yeah, I don't think there's anything left of that one. You can keep trying just to see what happens, but I think those roots are just going to shrivel and die, because they aren't attached to anything alive.

But the kelp was still a good purchase anyway. I've used it on a couple root-damaged plants, and it had them growing new roots in no time, and I use it once a month on all of my plants, and they are generally happier and healthier.
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Hi ☺I see you resurrected an old thread about saving your phal. I think I speak for many but will on my behalf only when I say I've killed my fair share of orchids. It just comes with the territory. I've had seemingly perfectly healthy phals suddenly just go. I've also saved many from the brink as well, so I understand your plight and willingness to attempt to breathe new life into your phal. Anything is worth a shot, and there has been some good advice here... What had worked for me in the past is to keep what's left evenly moist (not wet) in medium indirect light. If there is any chance it's going to take a long time... Best of luck, fingers crossed!
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