I have received this Phalaenopsis orchid from a neighbor to save. As you can see there is only one aerial root, the orchid is dehydrated, has limp, leathery leaves and looks like it will die. Bt I think hope is not all lost 🙂 Here is my method of saving sick Phalaenopsis orchids with no roots, or with very few roots.

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  • Martha, New to Orchids.. My first Phal is in second round of spikes. I don't know its name, so she is Phallie! I hope to learn a lot. and contribute too. 2 years ago

    I am so glad you made this video. My phal has 4 similar leaves after flowering. It has some good arial roots & at least one green root in the bark. How is this Phal now. Please, I need some advice and encouragement. Thanks for ALL your videos.

  • Gabyn1 2 years ago

    Hi, I thank you for making this video, I received an orchid in a very similar shape, is a Phal. It has only two small airial roots and the leaves are very dehydrated. With your video I can do the best I can to save it. I’ll keep you updated. I would like to know how did the Phal in this video after repotting. Thanks.

  • Roslyn 1 year ago

    Hi Danny, I thought you might be interested in one of my Phalaenopsis orchids, which was snapped of just below the crown, leaving it with NO roots at all, last November 2015. I panicked at first as I could see me losing my orchid. I then decided to see whether you had made a tutorial about something like my situation, and you had! I had a clean green base to my plant, and didn’t put rooting hormone powder on it (as was my first idea) and potted it as per your demonstration.I used round river stones in the bottom of the pot and pine bark on top of that, then I seated the crown partially submerged in the top of the pine bark layer, covered the majority of pine bark with damp sphagnum moss and let it almost dry out before watering the moss. My leaves drooped from fully erect to hanging down, but never lost their stiffness, and no veins appeared. Imagine my absolute delight, last night when I checked the bark through the clear pot and saw a beautiful green tipped root coming through towards the front of the pot!!!! I am very happy to let you know that even a Phal with NO roots at all, will recover, even though it has taken 4 months, and survive. Thank you for your informative tutorial.