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Rootless phal trying to bloom?!

Discussion in 'Issues, Disease and Pests' started by Cece, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. Cece

    Cece New Member

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    Hi fellow orchid lovers!

    I have a beloved Phal that was going well until a bad re-pot led to all of its roots rotting away.

    I was desperate to save it so have been using the Spag and Bag method to try and encourage its roots to grow back. It's been a few months now and my poor plant is looking wrinkly as ever but just hanging in there so I've left it alone.

    To my utter suprise, i came home yesterday to find that there is new growth coming from one of the nodes on the stem - My silly plant is attempting to either put out a keiki or some new blooms despite having no roots!

    Can anyone offer some advice as to what i should do? Should i remove the stem completely or just leave it alone and let nature take it's course?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     

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  2. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Hi, Cece. Welcome to the forum.

    It looks like your plant is trying to put out a new spike from the old one. This is a common thing for Phals to do. However, for a dehydrated plant with no roots you don't want this to happen. I recommend that you remove the entire old spike so the plant can focus on surviving and putting on roots. Good luck.
     
  3. Cece

    Cece New Member

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    Thanks for your help Kelly, its a really thick and healthy spike which is why i've been reluctant to cut it but it seems like the best thing for the plant right now.