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Phalaenopsis Orchid ?s

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis Orchid ?s within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a Phalaenopsis orchid. It was sleeping for the winter and just now has ...

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    crnth13 is offline Junior Member
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    Talking Phalaenopsis Orchid ?s

    I have a Phalaenopsis orchid. It was sleeping for the winter and just now has about 5 new blossoms. It has two main branches and a new branch came off one of the main branches. Not sure if I should prune it right above where the new fork started or not. I don't know much about orchids, but I must be doing well considering it's still alive after almost a year. I also see green shoots coming out near the bottom of the plant and am not sure if they are roots or new stems. Please, help! I wish I had pictures to show to help. All the leaves and stems are green. Thanks!

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    If those green things down near the bottom are round and look like worms, they're roots. If they're flat and look like leaves, they're....uh, what ARE they called? Oh yeah, leaves!

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    ...That's about all I know about Phals.

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    It sounds like you are talking about a new branch. (meaning it is a growth bud coming out of the spike, probably below your current flowers). If that is the case, well then -- don't cut it off -- you will probably get another branch full of flowers. Assuming your plant is otherwise healthy, you might as well enjoy all the blooms you can.

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    Default phaels are tough

    wow, was looking for orchid help and found u here? There is only one crnth13 I've ever known. hi s, it's ryan s!

    I got two phales for my wife (her fav) (yup, I did get married - celebrated 1 yr anniv last week!), and i guess colorado climate doesn't favor such fragile plants. two more were donated to us since she has a green thumb, so at one time we had 4, all with flowers.

    now we have only 1 survivor with a big bright green leaf.

    sounds like you've been luckier with yours.

    how was the mission trip?

    email is
    God bless!

    oh, yeah, i came here to post a question on this board:

    Does anyone know how to grow orchids successfully in higher climates? I've been thinking of making a humidity box for the phalenopsis, but didn't know exactly what the best way of doing so would be.

    We're stuck at seeing nothing but a single, vibrantly green leaf. My wife's waited for two years, and still its only one leaf!

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    Inigmatus - - - Humidity, Humidity, Humidity. Try misting lightly every day. Also, do you have the plant set on a humidity tray or something similar. A clay pot saucer filled with small pebbles and water that you set the plant on works well for a single plant. Keep changing the water in the saucer so it doesn'g get icky.

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    Do a search here on "aquariums". I think a few people with humidity issues have posted things.

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