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phal bellina culture

This is a discussion on phal bellina culture within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; any pointers, folks? a couple of you have posted some wonderful pics of blooms. what ...

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    any pointers, folks? a couple of you have posted some wonderful pics of blooms. what do i have to do to get my little guy to that point? is this species phal any different from a noid white phal that my boss picked up at costco? cuz ive successfully rehabilitated the costco one and got it to reflower. should i treat the bellina the same? the noid one sat at an eastern window, with no additional humidity than what is supplied ambiently (not great...im in montana). it also got some prolonged drying time because most of my other chids are at the southern window, and while watering all of those plants, i would forget to water the phal. it had great roots, new leaves, etc. any way, what do you think? stick the bellina in that eastern window spot? for some reason, this one seems a little more delicate than other phals ive seen. the leaves are more 'succulent' than tough, if that makes sense? thanks for reading my rambling text! hopefully, some of you can help.

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    The only differnce in how I treat mine is I never allow it to get chilled. They like warmer temps . Other than that, same water,fertilizer,etc.,as a regular phal.

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    I also found, other than constantly warm, they need more light than regular Phals. A bit of direct sun will help. Humidity helps with rootgrowth.

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    thanks, you two. i had the bellina under a humidity dome, with a seedling heat mat underneath it. it was hanging out with some recently de-flasked members of my household. but i found some brownish-looking squishy spots on the tip of one leaf; and in the middle of another one, there was this pitted/sunken in spot that looked white and bumpy all over. so i took it out. and just set it next to my window.
    i just got this guy, like 5 days ago. when i got it and checked out the roots, some were black and shrivelled and had mold on them. those were promptly surgically removed. ive already contacted the guy who i bought it from, and hes been great. well see what happens to this guy.

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    I'm glad you performed surgery right away. Rot can progress very fast on Phals and do keep an eye on the plant. The white bumpy leaf sounds like it had mites at one time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kewpie
    thanks, you two. i had the bellina under a humidity dome, with a seedling heat mat underneath it. .
    Humidity Dome ?? Rem. you have to have air circulation, or you are asking for orchid 'cooties' to invade. Fungus and bacteria LOVE moisture,too !
    Good Luck !

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    i was trying to nurse the roots under the dome. they looked really wrinkled when i got the plant. there are holes in the dome, and i used a fan on it, so there was *some* circulation. thanks for your help!!

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