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This is a discussion on Mini slice of the tropics. Orchids in bloom! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by opaline Well Done Maura'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! youve bounced back with full force! Bravo!!! The ...
the first 2 pics are of a couple of new additions which were inspike at purchase and now are all fully open for an audience.
beallara and a dego. Aplologies for quality of photos
I wish it was possible to capture the true colour and detail so you could see what i see. I can use patience when it comes to allocating care strategies, but for taking pics their is zero. This one is the plant that suffered full root rot earlier in year and has spent a fare few weeks in my orchid hospital inside a pop bottle. Never expected much from this one let alone an inflorescence. Phals respond exceedingly well to seaweed extract, but with this positive the negative issue of using an isolated micro climate such as pop bttle/ sphag bag increases the probability of rot attack and demands regular observation. As if phals werent vulnerable enough in the first place. Keeping my fingers crossed that the blooming spike doesnt stress the plant to much as the thick leaves have already been utilized using the storage of moisture and nutrients to sustain itself through root loss trauma. 3 of the older/lower leaves have yellowed and fallen and confident this is just phal behaviour. Newly emerging roots indicate a very very strong little fighter!
GREAT JOB! Now I know who can I send my plants that need rescue!
I agree - Great Job. Anyone who can grow phals like that, let alone do a rescue job, gets my greatest admiration.
Thanks guys, Jose and Yew. An ounce of stubborness in all our personalities certainly works for the better when refusing to be defeated by a particular orchid. Not long back a member gave me two very simple and clear pointers with rearing dendros in general as I stated my unfortunate luck with them. Controlling the element of 'neglect' was all that was required and behold not a dead dend insight. Would never have got there otherwise, but it made sense, a factor very similar to 'organised chaos'.
Phals started to have a higher success rate with me (as opposed to avoiding need for hospital care) when I simply removed pot and media and suspended in situ (angled down) with roots dangling all over the place. While paying close attention to the colour of the velamen as a watering guide, it seemed that the roots left to hang freely triggered the plant as a whole to respond with its survival instinct of seeking support and continue to grow. No crown,leaf axil or root rot trauma occured and as this is usually the first thing a grower encounters with phals, this was simply avoided removing the stress and trauma completely.
The temps of the temperate UK suit phals greatly and each mounted phal on its media support is simply backed with loose hanging bubble wrap. I ask myself now 'why is it that you can care too much overwhelming the orchid and have negative results and yet still repeat this silly annoying mistake'?.
I think the whole last phenomenon you wrote about is contained in a famous saying we have back here: "What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!" And yet we do it anyway.
Thanks for sharing your "trade secrets" - it's given me an idea on tweaking my own ICU ward.
You know, you've spent so much time and been so successful with your rescue that it's a shame your photos don't fully capture it. If you'd like to pm me with the info on what it is that you're using and how you're doing it, I'd be happy to give you a 25 word explanation of how you might get some photos you'd be happier with - without any extra time or effort.
That would be great Maura Thankyou!!!!! always lose the motivation to document hobby via photo/imagery as very few are worth bothering with and yes your right it would be great to have a clearer more pro result. Very little like 1in 100 are satisfactory at that. Unfortunately i have only my nokia mob and am sure its rather outdated by far. Everytime my contract ends the offer to continue is to great a temptation and eliminates the awful thought and task of finding out how to use it in the 1st place. Not enough hours in the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but i will sacrifice a few sleep hours for my orchids and dragons.
Glad your back on form!
Matt can you teach me how to grow Phals????