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Once a weakling, always a weakling?

This is a discussion on Once a weakling, always a weakling? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; A few years ago I purchased a dying phal with only one leaf to see ...

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    A few years ago I purchased a dying phal with only one leaf to see if I could rescue it (first and last time I purposely bought a dying plant). Soon after repotting it grew a basal keiki. In about a year the keiki produced a spike. The mother ended up dying, but the keiki faithfully produces spikes twice a year. However, every time it gives only three flowers. Also, the plant never has more than three leaves--it usually loses one after blooming.

    Is there anything I can do to make this phal stronger (besides fertilizer)? It is in a clear plastic pot, so I can see the roots--there are many, and they look great. I was thinking maybe when it is done blooming this time I should keep it away from the window so it will just concentrate on growing leaves and not bloom for a while. Do you think that might work? Or is it a case of once a weakling, always a weakling?

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    Well I have thought many times if weak out of the flask they stay that way.. I have noticed it with some I have grown from flask some take off others just drag along and never are sturdy .. Just my thought.. Happy Growing Gin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    Well I have thought many times if weak out of the flask they stay that way.. I have noticed it with some I have grown from flask some take off others just drag along and never are sturdy .. Just my thought.. Happy Growing Gin

    I kind of feel the same way and have had the same experience. Same is true about an orchid attacked by scale. Once is succumbs to a scale attack, it is most likely to get it again. Seems the plant is weaker somehow now. Good question, Angie.

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    Thank you both for your observations!

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