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BROKEN Phal Aerial Root + New Member Introduction

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Flynn Mercer, Apr 24, 2021.

  1. Flynn Mercer

    Flynn Mercer New Member

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    Hi Everyone, my name is Flynn, and I have been cultivating my phal since May of 2020. She bloomed for a little over 3 months (I'm going to upload photos of her toward the end of her bloom), and has been dormant up until about a month ago when she began growing a new flower stem. She now has about 6 new buds that are about to bloom, and a second flower stem growing from the current one.
    Unfortunately, my boyfriend snagged one of her aerial roots and it snapped evenly in the center. After doing some research, I sterilized some scissors and made a clean cut right above the snap, and sterilized the end with hydrogen peroxide.
    I'm going to upload some photos of the snap and the overall state of my orchid, the first 3 will be of her in July of 2020, the last 3 will be of the incident today. I'm wondering if she looks healthy to those of you who have been doing this for a while. I'm really in love with her, and I'm so happy to have had her for this long, I just want to make sure she's doing well and if you have any advice about how to continue keeping her happy.
    Thank you!

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  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Oak Island NC
    Broken roots happen. Nothing to be concerned about.
    The Orchidomaniac and J E like this.
  3. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Redding, California, USA
    Flynn, welcome to the forum.

    oh, and your plant looks good. Keep doing what you are doing. Keep an eye on the potting medium and if it starts decaying then you will need to repot.
  4. The Orchidomaniac

    The Orchidomaniac Active Member

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    Agreed, they break all the time. The snap may encourage a new root tip to form.