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19 July 2019 - Week 5

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19 July 2019 - Week 5


It has been almost a month into this project and I admit impatience is starting to reveal itself.  Why have I not seen any indication of new roots starting to show after trimming the spikes back to the stem?  I even trimmed the dead or weak roots from each candidate.  At least I have the other Phal. project to compare roots to and I do not see any obvious new root growth in those either.  Summer is the time when Phals. start one or two new leaves and grow new roots in a normal situation.


Tyrion, since acquiring these mini-Phals has a new leaf and it is growing.  That is a good sign that these are not in a process of slow death so there is still hope that someday (soon) I will see new roots.  Littlefinger still concerns me but ever since they been staged in a humidty box (see above) it has not gotten any worse.  More hope.


I knew and had on hand some rooting powder to entice new roots.  At first I mixed some of that powder in water and then allowed for the Phals. to be suspended with the root area submerged in that mix for a couple minutes for "dipping" 2 days in a row.  I am not convinced that branching of new roots from old roots is a success, but I can appreciate the fact that new growth, even in the wrong or undesired place is a good sign.


However my application of the rooting powder was wrong.  I discovered this after doing some research on "How to use Rooting Powder" on the Internet.  The official website for one brand has directions (gasp, oh the thought of actually following directions for proper use is mind boggling)  on applying this powdered hormone.


Do not dip the "cutting" into the original container.  This could contaminate the powder making it ineffective.  Funny, I have done that for years on other cuttings and seemed to work just fine.


Store the unused powder in an air-tight condition.  Like hydrogen-peroxide, once you open it, you never really get air-tight in the original container ever again.  The seal has been broken.  Not sure if this is something to really consider since on previous cuttings I had an acceptable success rate getting new roots and a thriving cutting.


Store unused portions in refrigerator. Make room batteries your getting a room-mate in the butter shelf.


So I poured some powder into a small container and it is from that secondary container I applied the root powder to the base of the stems. I misted the base of the Phals. with some water, carefully held them upside down and "sprinkled" a coating of powder onto the Phals. stem below the bottom leaves (see accompanying image). I discarded any powder that I spilled onto my work surface.  I should say that earlier in the day, prior to applying the powder, I dipped the Phals. in clean water to soak and drench the roots so that the Phals. be "watered".  The next day, I repeated this.  Since they have been suspended in their humidity box and trying not to disturb them for fear of the powder falling off once the treated areas dried off.  Today (20 July), I noticed that the powder has kind of caked itself onto the treated areas.  Rooting powder is a hormone that is absorbed by the cutting or stem of a cutting that induces new roots to develop.  Roots do not necessarily form from the actual cut, but seem to appear in close proximity of the treated area  (These Phals. have not been cut from a main plant).  We really do not know how much of this powder is accidentally knocked off the cutting because a majority of the time with other plants that we try this, it is placed in moist dirt hiding the powdered zone from view. That small pot and cutting is placed in a large plastic bag or other container to keep the humidity as high as possible and in time it either thrives or die.  In this project the Phals. are in a container that hopefully meets this humidity level and in time new roots start and I can breath a sigh of relief.


Hopefully in time (a week, 2 weeks, a month from now?) I will be rewarded with new roots and starting the next stage of removing old roots.  Any significant development be noted here.


I am content that these Phals are not showing any sign of dehydration or a poor humid environment.  My humidity box seems to be performing as desired. I am emboldened by the progress of Tyrion's new leaf almost doubling in size.  Aside from Littlefinger, who seems to be holding it's own, Davos and The Hound still have leaves with a "shiney luster" to them.


For now, watering will continue as I soak the root zone for about 10 minutes, but leaving the powder zone dry.  They get stored in their humidity box out of direct sunlight.  And I wait....


On Sunday (21 July), I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Littlefinger has a new leaf poking up. This begs the question;  "Which came first, the root or the leaf?"  At least we do not need to worry about why the root and leaf crossed the road.


The next day, 22 July,  Davos is also showing signs of a new leaf developing.   Is my humidity box functioning as hoped?   



In the above photo, Littlefinger, on the left, and his dull leaves with a new leaf (look between the stakes) and Davos, on he right and his new leaf (again focus between the stakes).  The white spots is rooting hormone that has dripped from when I dipped the orchids in a water mixed with a rooting powder.  That method did not work (?) but I doubt it did any harm except for spotting the leaves.  Eventually I will do a full rinse of the entire plant once new roots are discovered where I properly treated the stem with rooting powder.  I will search around the Interent for 'Phal. with dull leaves" and see if I can find any hints to resolve / prevent this from happening in the future, or if it is a concern at all.  I do not expect these older leaves to recover, but I would like to prevent this situation from repeating.  Best way to move forward is find out what (may) have happened.


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