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May 2, 2020 11:37 AM CST
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I'm devastated. Until lockdown I had what seemed to be a perfectly happy orchid. She flowered every year, sometimes twice a year. I brought her home from work due to lockdown and over the last few days I've noticed one of her leaves starting to wrinkle. I watched a few YouTube videos and decided to investigate her roots. I was horrified to find a large number of them were dead. I carefully washed her roots and removed everything that was visibly dead. Here's what's left (and a photo of happier times). Does she stand a chance of surviving? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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May 2, 2020 1:31 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
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Phalaenopsis a very easy to grow. Temperature range of between 65-85 degrees, NO direct sun! But if you neglect repotting them in fresh media, this is what happens. There comes a point when there is not enough live root left in the pot. Water demands exceeds water supply and it starts to wrinkle. If you repot it into a pot with good drainage holes, it will recover quickly. You will see new roots developing within 4-6 weeks. Outside 8 weeks! Those new roots will be like little sponges.
Use a pot that comfortably holds the roots, NOT TOO BIG. You do not want the orchid to have to grow into its pot. Give it a bright windowsill and if it goes into a 5" pot, water it well every five days. You want the water to pour out of the drainage holes!

While you are waiting for it to recover, PLEASE visit our Orchid Forums here on the NGA. We have numerous threads and stickies about growing orchids and the majority of those are Phalaenopsis threads. Good luck and welcome!! Welcome!
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