Leafless pseudo bulb

I have a leafless 2 yo phal that was very healthy until about 3 mos ago.The leaves started slowly falling off.One of the thick "stems"had a spike so I broke it off and put it in water just to see.It bloomed! First time! Sweet little white blooms.I still have the leafless mother plant.What do I do about it?

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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,463
    edited April 2018
    A two year old phalaenopsis orchid? It could have been suffering from over-watering. If water got into the leaf base, it unlikely to recover.  I would take it out of the pot and see what the root system looks like? Are they rotten? Are the green and juicy? if there is a good, extensive system, try replacing the bark, give it a little water then put it in a bright, very cool, frost-free place. Don't fertilise, water very little, just when it all dries out.  Give it 6-12 months and see what happens.

    The flower spike might have given you flowers for six months or more if you'd left it on the plant.


  • That's right
  • SkandiSkandi Northern DenmarkPosts: 617
    do you mean a phalaenopsis? Because your description sounds more like a dendrobium as they do have thick stems/psudo bulbs whereas phal do not. In either case Fires's advice sounds good
  • I apologize to Fire and Skandi.It is a dendrobium.I had been in an earlier discussion about a Phal.My old brain doesn't track well.Regardless,I still have a leafless plant.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 3,946
    Bin and buy!
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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