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Purple Phal Leaves

This is a discussion on Purple Phal Leaves within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Have anyone seen this kind of Phal leaves before? I bought this mini Phal last ...

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    Default Purple Phal Leaves

    Have anyone seen this kind of Phal leaves before? I bought this mini Phal last March. The vendor couldn't help me with the ID, only to tell me that its a new type of Phal ( I didn't believed him)

    Anyway, at first I thought that the purple is due to over exposure to sunlight, but now I can see that it is not the case. The newest leaf was plain green at first but now it have those purple freckles and they are getting more nemerous as the leaf grow bigger until it become almost solid purple as the leaf mature. The underside is more green with just a few freckles.

    I tried to find pics on the net but the closest I could find is Phal Earth Star. The color and the shape of the flower is wrong but the size and the color of the lip are close.

    Here are some pics. Sorry, but the cam could not catch the purple color..Picture of the flower is in this thread..http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ead.php?t=2076. Its the 3rd pic

    Any suggestions? TIA
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    I have a mini Phal & the leaves(it only has 2) that are very purple/red.The colour of the blooms are very dark purple & i think the deep colour effects the foliage.I have moved the plant to quite low light levels & the colour has reduced slightly.It through up a good size spike with a dozen flowers but they didn,t open completely so i chopped the spike.I think the plant needs some more leaves before i,ll let it flower again.
    The flowers on yours are pretty purple so i,d expect it,s the pigment that is causing the dark leaves.If it,s happily growing i wouldn,t worry to much.

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    That's really different! Phal Earth Star has lighter green leaves, no purple on them even under bright light conditions, so I don't think yours is an Earth Star give that the flower is also not very similar.

    Sorry I can't help suggest what it IS, but at least you can be pretty sure what it ISN'T.

    I also have a phal that had been under strong flourescent light which leaves turned quite purple, but also growth slowed significantly. So I moved it out. But it didn't start green and "connect the dots" to become purple, it was evenly purple all over.

    Be interesting to know what kind of hybrid that is, though.

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    I've never seen Phals with foliage like that before; maybe Phalphanatic can help here? Sure is cool looking though, even without blooms!

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    Hi , You might try a dose of Epsom Salts 1/2 teas. in a gallon of water for a couple of waterings to see if the leaf color changes .

    Maybe it is short on Magnesium . Some people use 1 Tbs. to a gallon 4 times a year . Not seen one colored like it . Gin

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    Thanks for the replies. I also have other Phals with purple leaves, but its the underside of the leaves that are more purple/solid. This one is different, RSJ describe it perfectly, "connect the dots".

    Gin, thanks on the info about the use of magnesium. But I don't think this has something to do with culture, because all the others on the same tray where I picked this one have the same kind of leaves and they are looking healthy.

    Anymore suggestions from the Phal experts? Gilda and Phalphanatic, any comments about this plant, please? Jumpfluff, have you seen this kind Phal being sold somewhere in HK, MK maybe?

    I really appreciate any info regarding this Phal. Although I am not a foliage fan, the "connecting of the dots" on the leaves as they grow mature is quite interesting.

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    Default it could be.....

    My Doritis have purply dots, so perhaps it is a doritanopsis cross?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichigooseOH
    My Doritis have purply dots, so perhaps it is a doritanopsis cross?
    It could be, Michigoose . The vendor did told me its a new cross. I was told not to cut the spikes (2) because it will continue to bloom from the same spike for a long period time.

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