I walked out of the apartment one morning this week and found these two bedraggled Phalaenopsis sitting on my steps. My landlord didn't want to throw them away, but they weren't thriving, so he decided to give them to me. I wasn't about to turn them down. (You'll read more about those bags of plants behind the orchids in tomorrow's post.)
I ripped off the dried husks of leaves, trimmed the dead roots, and gave the orchids a nice soaking to rehydrate the sphagnum moss bricks they were sitting in. Later, I'm going to repot them into smaller clay pots--those hanging baskets are too large for them right now. There is some good new root growth, so I imagine they're going to survive nicely!
On a related note, my Phalaenopsis seed pod didn't make it--it fell off sometime this week and I didn't notice.
But now I have four NOID Phalaenopsis to cross to my heart's content!