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    Hi Nem,

    I also recently picked-up two bargain/post-valentines day orchids at a local Wal-Mart. And like your bargain deal, mine came with some sad news. After bringing both plants home I dusted off the neon green artificial moss to get a better look at the roots. On the first plant I had only one good green/white root after removing the compressed sphagnum media. The second plant was a little more fortunate and had 4-5 healthy roots! I'll report back in a few weeks, but I took immediate action to re-pot both plants. I cut the flowers off the first plant to force it to save energy to produce more roots rather than towards new flowers (hopefully it will pay-off later).

    Anyway, here are some before and after photos:

    Here is the second plant in its original pot

    You can the see the roots don't look too healthy

    Same on the other side

    Here is the first plant I repotted with 1 good root. We'll see if it makes it. You'll notice, again, that I removed the flower stalks
    After 3

    Second plant repotted
    Photo Feb 26, 9 22 23 PM (1)

    Second plant with flowers. I felt this one had enough roots to support flowers and further vegetative growth
    After 2

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    I Am the Terror Of the Night! NemJones's Avatar
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    Good luck Jeff, Those look like some really nice orchids man.
    Keep us updated here

    As for my orchid, its finally starting to perk back up.
    All of the flowers have fallen off, except for the showiest one
    that original caught my eye. However... This orchid is now 3x bigger than when I bought it.
    The water seems to have done the trick

    The roots have greened up nicely. (Excuse the stockpile of bread and counter clutter)

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