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Equestris Phal.

This is a discussion on Equestris Phal. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Traci, I moved this part of your "Seedling" thread to this new one (Equestris Phal ...

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    Traci, I moved this part of your "Seedling" thread to this new one (Equestris Phal.) to avoid confusion....


    Question, my equestris phal has a 1/2 open bud that just seems so limp, and 2 other buds I pulled off because they were wilting. I had it in a room that may have been too bright, but I had to isolate it for a week to make sure it was healthy. Do you think putting it in lower light conditions will help? Also, how often so smaller phals need to be watered? I have only watered it once since I got it a week ago. Should I be watering 2x a week now that it is hot out?

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    You need to water it according to the growing conditions you have. If the buds are wilting, it's probably not getting enough water, especially if it's in a small container. Small pots dry out faster. Phal roots need to dry off between waterings, but never dry completely "out". Here, when it's sunny and hot now, we water every two to three days, and our stuff is potted in a loose bark mix. If your medium is dry when you poke a finger down into it, it's time to water. For some folks, that means every two days. For others, it may only mean once a week or even less, again depending on the conditions and the potting media. Lower light levels will not dry it out quite as fast, so you might try that.

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    I know I posted that, but phals seem to all die on me, so I'm really overly concerned about my sweetheart. My other orchs I don't worry about, I have had the this long and haven't killed them yet. I watered the phal this AM. I had a centepede living in there. I guess I flushed it good enough he wanted out lol. The medium seems to be breaking down. I wish I noticed this right away, because now it is blooming like crazy and and I really can't. The farm I purchased it from said when it is time to repot , to bring it back and they will do it for free. That is a nice little perk, concidering they know what mixes suit what orchs, and that 'one size' does not fit all.

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    Traci, the medium should be ok until it finishes blooming in a couple of months. Definitely keep the plant in shade, and water twice a week, or when the medium an inch or two down dries off. Keep an eye on that, but don't fret.

    You're worrying too much.... It'll be fine!

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    As long as I don't lose sleep at night.... just kidding , that would never happen. I pulled another creepy crawly out of the pot, must have been a lonely couple in there. I put them both down the drain, so they could be together again.

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    LOL! Yer killin' me... !!!! "Lonely couple..."

    You can mix up some neem and pour it through the bark; that'll run anything else that's in there off.....

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    Isn't it a bad thing to find random bugs in your plant's pot? Now I get that the lady that gave it to you was...well...horrible. But, why would she do that to you again when you could "expose" her by telling all the people that look at her orchids the reasoning of why each one of them is sick. I would do it out of principle and spite, but I'm one evil person. If she doesn't want the bad press then she should stop selling. If she is a lady that is actually in your orchid society I would go to the president or whatever and complain to them too. No one should have to deal with that from someone who SHOULD be trusted.

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    Originally posted by pretty_bug01
    Isn't it a bad thing to find random bugs in your plant's pot? Now I get that the lady that gave it to you was...well...horrible. But, why would she do that to you again when you could "expose" her by telling all the people that look at her orchids the reasoning of why each one of them is sick. I would do it out of principle and spite, but I'm one evil person. If she doesn't want the bad press then she should stop selling. If she is a lady that is actually in your orchid society I would go to the president or whatever and complain to them too. No one should have to deal with that from someone who SHOULD be trusted.
    Now that you are all fired up, this wasn't from *her*. It was from an orchid farm, which I am now realizing I never posted about. Honestly, it grossed me out more than anything. As long as it isn't scale, mealybugs, or a virus, I can deal with it. The orchid farm had probably over 2000+ orchids, and looked 80% healthy, and the other 20% were out of bloom and 'resting' (and they always seem to look bad when they are resting). I could not find one orchid with aphids, crown rot, or root rot. It was really an amazing thing since I've grown accustomed to it at retail stores. So if all I found were a couple of creepy crawlies, I am still a satisfied consumer. It is the Toluminas I received from *her* and they are staying away from other plants for a LOOOONNNGGG time. Just to be safe. They really look healthy this time around. I'm sure she sent me healthy one because she didn't want me complaining. And I would go to the department of agriculture (I'm thinking that would be the place to go) and give them a 411. Or would I call the better business bureau? Anyways, I wouldn't do it to be spiteful, but if she is making money off of sick plants, that is wrong. Oh ya, I sent your check out a day late, it was Friday I sent it, so you won't get it probably until Monday or so. Just so you can look for it.

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    Ttraci, I'm glad you got a chance to see an orchid farm like that. If you're used to seeing the little groups of orchid plants at the big box stores, a real orchid farm is an eye-opening experience.

    When orchids (or any plants, for that matter) are grown in any quantity outdoors or semi-outdoors under plastic and shadecloth, they're bound to get a critter or two hiding in the medium. It's inevitable, unless you literally spray the plants and pour poison through the medium on a monthly basis, and that, in my opinion, is more toxic and harmful to the plants than the bugs are.

    As long as, like you said, there aren't any bad infestations, a critter or two here and there is part of growing orchids outdoors.

    Here, where we get shipments of plants in from farms on a regular basis, everything gets sprayed, run through with insecticide, and repotted before it gets put into its "permanent" location in the greenhouse. We're just too small of a nursery to be able to afford the risk of a breakout of something or other in an enclosed, greenhouse space.

    We've found snails, slugs, rolly-polies, centipedes, millipedes, earwigs, and all kinds of other things in the bark mix at some time or another; it's almost expected, so the spraying and immediate repotting of new plants is so routine we don't even think about whether or not we should do it anymore. We just do it.

    If nothing else, immediately repotting a recently purchased plant allows you to check the root system, get rid of any hitchhikers, and pot the plant in a suitable medium that you're used to, one that accomodates the plant, your conditions, and your watering schedule. It's something I recommend that every orchid enthusiast do, regardless of whether the medium looks fresh or decomposed. With a collection of any size at all, when plants with the same general requirements are potted one in sphagnum, another in coconut, another in bark, another in clay pellets, and so on, trying to keep track of what needs to get watered when can become a logistical nightmare.

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    I have found snails, centipedes, millipedes, earwigs and what not in the bark mix from many reputable vendors and it is impossible not to find any. When plants are grown, it is normal to find those bugs in the mix and and it is nothing to worry about.

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