Saving Phalaenopsis Orchid with limp leaves and no roots – About cutting spikes

Today we take a look at one of my Phalaenopsis orchids which is in dire need of attention and care!
More info below!

About a month ago I purchased a few very stressed Phalaenopsis and we repotteds them, check it out here

It would appear the roots were not as healthy as I initially thought, so it is time to intervene and remove everything that withered away in the meantime. The other 2 orchids are doing pretty well after one month

One technique I always perform when dealing with cases such as these is to remove the flower spikes, as they drain too much energy from the almost rootless orchids. There is a lot of observation, experience and research behind this, so here we go:

More about plant sap
More on ‘Happy Sap’
Obtaining a blue Orchid through sap flow

Cutting the biggest energy drain source leaves more available for important components, such as roots and leaves. Speaking of which, here is more about these structures and their functions:

All about leaves
All about orchid roots
The relationship between leaves and roots

With the spikes out of the way, the roots having more access to moisture through a top layer, more about it here and the leaves not actively growing now, the orchid should make a recovery within a couple of months

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My environment:
Subtropical climate, hot summers and mild winters
60-90% humidity, always breezy
Growth space is kept at min 17C and max 29C
What I use in my Grow Room:

LECA – Pokon or IKEA
Various organic mixes from rePotme
Sphagnum Moss – Spagmoss from Besgrow or

Fertilizer and supplements:
MSU Orchid fertilizer for osmosis / rain water
Orchid Focus Bloom (when I need something low in N)

Pots, containers, baskets:
DIY self watering pots and masks from local flower shops
Lechuza self watering pots
Wooden Vanda baskets
Slotted pots from rePotme

LED shop panels from Leroy Merlin, 4000k
Tertial lamps from IKEA + 4000k LED bulbs (various brands)
Orvibo WiFi Smart Plugs

Shelf units:
Shirley’s Simple Shelving
Lerberg and Mulig from IKEA
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