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Old 12-20-2011, 06:01 PM
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Orchid with little to no roots

i have a Phal that had saver root rot that I "inherited" form some one who had no idea how to grow or transplant it. i have cut all the dead stuff off, but its still doing crappy i have it in a supersonic fogger because i dont think that there is enough root to uptake water, any advice to help ?
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Old 12-20-2011, 06:14 PM
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Well, if you have it in a high-humidity environment, you are already helping it moisture-wise. Other things which might help would be heat and a root stimulant. Keeping the plant on a heat mat, on top of a bank of lights, or otherwise keeping it warm will help it to grow new roots. A seaweed mixture, KLN, or other rooting hormone may help some roots to get started too. A weekly dunking in a solution like this, or occasional spraying of the base of the plant where roots would be expected, might spur some action.

When you cut the rotted roots off, I hope you used Physan or some other product to kill the remains of the rot. You should have cut back to healthy tissue, using a sterilised knife or razor blade. Did you repot it, or is it just lying in your "superfogger"? Some people like to have a recovering plant on a bed of spaghnum moss, which seems to be root-friendly.

Good Luck! And do you have any pics?
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:40 AM
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thanks for the help but sadly enough the plant died.....
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I'm sorry about your orchid. A month ago, I rescued one from a box store with two wrinkled leaves and no roots. I mounted it upside-down and hung it amongst my large, leafy houseplants. After a month, it is getting a new root and leaf. I think this will be my new rescue method for phals.
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Kellylake01, condolences on the passing of your orchid. It must be time to get another one to practice on!
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Old 12-22-2011, 11:37 AM
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my thoughts exactly and i had my eye on a big cym at a local grocery store
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:28 PM
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I think that cym. is a great idea to help you cope. : ) Sometimes, with plants, you can do everything right and they still die and, sometimes, the opposite is true, depending, often, on the individual plant.
Enjoy your new orchid!
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