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Today I received this phal from a friend. As the roots seem dead, I thought of putting them in water to create humidity and see how she recovers.
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Well you never know it could recover; are you filling that vase up with water?

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Some people swear by water culture, don't they, but I've never tried it.

Good luck with your Phal.

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Well you never know it could recover; are you filling that vase up with water?
Just a little on the base.


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Hi! 2 months in water, nothing happened. I need help with this!!



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Orchids only have one speed and it is S>>>>L>>>>>>O>>>>W!
Hahaha So be it, I'll wait.
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Hi! 2 months in water, nothing happened. I need help with this!!

Hi,

If nothing happens soon it might be worth trying potting in ordinary bark compost ?
No factual evidence behind my thought but I was always of the impression that a plant, if on the dry side, will put out more roots in order to find moisture.

Most of the phals I've seen sitting in water already had a good root system, yours doesn't :oops:

A plant sitting in water has no immediate urgent need to put out more roots?



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Hi! 2 months in water, nothing happened. I need help with this!!

Hi,

If nothing happens soon it might be worth trying potting in ordinary bark compost ?
No factual evidence behind my thought but I was always of the impression that a plant, if on the dry side, will put out more roots in order to find moisture.

Most of the phals I've seen sitting in water already had a good root system, yours doesn't :oops:

A plant sitting in water has no immediate urgent need to put out more roots?



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Good point!!! I'll try. thanks for the tip.


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Hi,

I cut all the roots to see how she would react
Signs of survival!!

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It needs to be sprayed now with something like kelpmax or a root growth stimulator. As there no roots, I would not feed the plant anything else for a few weeks to gauge reaction. The strength should be whatever is on the bottle and is normally weak anyway. If roots do appear a spray of very weak feed of around 50 u/S I would apply weekly & introduce slowly. Monitor a stage at a time. Good luck.

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Well I can see at least one definite root trying to push its way through, I can't tell if it was already there in your first Post because of the angle of the photo, and there are a couple of other bumps & lumps which are a bit too small at the moment to determine whether they are also roots?

Getting there....slowly!

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