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New leaf question

This is a discussion on New leaf question within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Sorry to bother you again. I've recently discovered that one of my Phals is putting ...

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    Sorry to bother you again. I've recently discovered that one of my Phals is putting out a new leaf, and I was wondering if the leaf looks ok to you. Also, the plant has flowers too, so is it ok to let the flowers, or should I cut the spike?(first and second pic)
    And an update of my sick phal, wich had spider mites (never seen them, but the lesions on the leaves pleaded for that) and fungus gnats. I since repotted, and now it totally surprised me. It could barely be seen but it's there (a new leaf, third pic).
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    it looks fine, leave the spike and the new leaf, the plant can manage both. beautiful flowers too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedt View Post
    it looks fine, leave the spike and the new leaf, the plant can manage both. beautiful flowers too!
    I agree with Bos. Looking good.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks guys. The leaf has now about 2 inches, and doing great. But the oldest flowers, which are about 2,5 months, are starting to wrinkle and fall. Two flowers already fell, only the top ones are in good shape. I was wondering if it will be ok to repot now? Will I disturb the plant's growing or loose all the flowers by repotting?

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    Hi again. I just wanted to share with you an update of my phals. I've repotted the one with the white flowers, since it was left with only 2 of them, cut the spike and let it grow it's leaf and roots. It seems to be doing great (pic 1). Also the other one, which was sick, is doing great too (pic 2). I have another one, with yellow flowers, which are opened for about 4 weeks, and which decided to make more!! I find this amazing!(pics 3&4).
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    congratulations Gabi!!

    Cheers,
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    Thanks Bruce, if my plants are happy, then I'm happy

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    Hi Gabi,
    Great pics. Pretty flowers! Looks to me like your new leaves could use a little more sunlight. When they develop into a lime green color, that indicates lack of sun.
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    Thanks for the tip Lizzy. Ive got 5 phals and I grow them about 6 feet from a southeastern facing window, with extra 2x40 watt bulbs on top of them. Could it be too little light? The mature leaves don't look dark green to me, as I've seen in many threads on this forum.

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    I've never grown orchids under lights, so I don't know about that. Are they plant lights?
    I would either be sure you have plant bulbs or move your phals closer to the window. I wouldn't put them any closer than a 1' 1/2 from the window. The temp. on a windowsill is too unstable for a phal. I like to see the sun hit my orchids for at least two hours a day. Phals should get morning or evening sun because they will sunburn easily in direct mid day sun. Southeast is good as long as its not blocked with too many trees or a big eave.
    Good luck!
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