I know you must think that I have had an abundance of orchid problems, and I have had several (most likely because I'm a newbie), but not 100% of my collection (thank goodness). Anyway, here is an orchid that I bought this last Spring from Lowes.
(A sad sight, isn't it?) After I bought it and brought it home, I took it out of the pot and repotted it (I always do the ones I buy from a big-box store or Ebay). But 1st, of course, I trimmed the dead roots, and did a cinnamon treatment. As often has been the case with me, unfortunately, I found that there were actually NO roots left after I trimmed. Even so, I repotted the plant in sphag, crossed my fingers and hoped for new roots. (By the way, this is one of the plants that the wind blew off of it's plant shelf on our backporch this last summer.....broke the pretty blooms off) Over the last few months, the orchid has produced 3 new growths, which have looked healthy. It has not grown any new roots that I could see, but I thought hopefully there were some growing down there under the sphag. I have been noticing that the leaves were yellowing and the plant basically wasn't looking healthy anymore and I contributed that to poss. too much heat in my orchid room over the summer (??) then hoped it would regain it's healthy look as the cooler temps. arrived (??). The cooler temps. have arrived now, but the leaves have became more yellow, shriveled and just basically not a happy plant anymore. One of the yellow leaves fell off this morn., and I have been noticing that the bases of the new growths has been turning black/dark.....so I unpotted the plant to see if there has been any root progress so that I could tell you when I asked for your advice (pleeease?). A few roots (very few) have developed but they didn't look as healthy as some I have observed in the past.
Do you think there is any hope for the orchid and if so, what would you suggest I do? Start from scratch maybe....somehow remove the yellow leaves and/or shriveled and old pseudobulbs, etc.? Or not?
As always, I would very much appreciate your advice.
Thanks in advance,