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Orchids: Just...why?

This is a discussion on Orchids: Just...why? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; With a Phal , you could be waiting months to repot if you're waiting until ...

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    With a Phal, you could be waiting months to repot if you're waiting until the blooms to fall. Have you checked the roots? Are they good? If they're in a poorly state then it might not be able to wait.

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    The roots look pretty good. It certainly can wait until the flower drop I just want to repot it now because I am crazy inpatient!

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    I know the feeling! Honestly, I usually repot whatever I get immediately anyway, flowers or not. I always tell myself the flowers will come back soon enough, and I can't say that I've ever experienced flower-drop when I repot in the midst of a flowering period. Maybe I've just been lucky. haha As a matter of fact, I find myself cutting the spikes of my Phals off early because I'm honestly sick of them after 2+ months. lol Sometimes, after a while, I'd rather see them focusing on plant growth.

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    Ok I repotted! Sand_tiger86, if the flowers croak you are in charge of notifying its next of kin! lolol

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    That is one nice underdog, Miller, first phal I've seen that colour. Good going on the bargain.

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    Hopefully it is not a dyed orchid, since I know nothing about Phals it could be. Well I did see the same ones on Ellen today so i guess its legit. LOL If its on Ellen it has to be real! LOL

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    That is one nice underdog, Miller, first phal I've seen that colour. Good going on the bargain.

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    I think the only commonly dyed ones are those blue abominations. Purple/pink shades are very common, and naturally occurring (even if hybridized, it's a REAL flower color). This particular shade is unusual, but it's not like you picked up an aqua-marine or a fire engine red Phal haha.

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    I should revise my (much)earlier statement about phal: after seeing a number of species, I'm bored of the hybridized, standard, "moth" shaped Phals, but some of the more star-shaped ones are absolutely gorgeous!

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    miller, nice red phal! the reds are my favorites. looks like a good size one too. i always thought the best part of phals is that they seem to bloom forever. even after the flowers fade, many will sprout side branches and more flowers. i've had a red one blooming most of the last year or so. it's down to just 2 flowers, but branching out yet again. i've bought a ton of noid phals at hardware and grocery stores, and have recently put most of them into an 'orchid tree' i am making out of treefern pots staked together like a tree trunk. verticle gardening at its best. i did plant one that was in flower, and pulling all the sphag off the roots i thought would kill one or more, and at the very least the flowers woudl fall off or blast the unopened buds, but it only dropped 1 older flower and the rest are doing fine a month later. hardy little things if you are careful.

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    I repotted this one and it did not drop any flowers and It appears that the leaves have perked up as well. Now I am tempted to go back to my local grocery and get another since they are only $9.99 and they are all in pretty good shape. I have a feeling I will wind up with a few more.

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