A sad looking Psychopsis Mariposa 'Mountain'
My Psychp Mariposa arrived to me in a sad shape. Its roots were mostly rotten, and the few that remained died soon after. The orchid then lost its spike, and lost some leaves. Now its leaves are wrinkled and leathery, its pseudobulbs are flattened, and its roots all gone.
Signs of new growth on Psychopsis Mariposa
In an effort to revive the orchid, I've had it 'potted' in a 2 inch pot on a bed of sphagnum moss that I keep moist. Today, after accidentally knocking the little orchid out of its pot, I noticed the first signs of life. The little root nub (on left) stands out as a bright green spot against the dark background. Meanwhile, less visible, is what looks like the start of a new growth (on right).
While survival is still less than certain (my den victoria reginae had also produced a futile new growth before finally giving up) I choose to be optimistic for my orchid's survival.