In a way, it doesnt really look like heli sudden death, but hard to tell from pic. HSD typically gets mushy from the base up.
Well, I got it repotted. I soaked the new media in trichoderma, and gave the bare rooted plant a bath in it for a few minutes. Here's some pics of the roots, etc.
It will definitely need TLC for a while but looks like it will make it.
Still sad that some vendor sent it out like that.
you might be in the clear! doesnt look like HSD. the root area looks good.
I'd be stoked if it made it! I guess it's a waiting game at this point...
Thanks again for the advice and support, all. I'll keep updates coming.
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I just got an email from the vendor. He was totally cool about it. They're going to send a replacement...
Well it's good the vendor is sending a new one out. Lets hope its not in that bad of shape.
The news with this little guy just seems to keep getting worse. I looked in on it really closely today, and found that it was nearly covered in some kind of web-like substance. It's also all over the substrate. The only thing I've ever heard of like this is spider mites, and I'm really not pleased with that possibility. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? A bit of guidance would be awesome here... honestly, I'm freaking out a little bit. Here's the best pic I could get.
web substance could be trich....on the otherhand...your potting mix looks very broken down....either that or the quality of your sphagnum is poor?