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Is my dormant Phals Newest leaf showing signs of too much sun?!!

This is a discussion on Is my dormant Phals Newest leaf showing signs of too much sun?!! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Tiffany, they're not dormant if they're making leaves! haha I don't believe Phals. generally have ...

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    Tiffany, they're not dormant if they're making leaves! haha I don't believe Phals. generally have a dormant period. They're always working on some kind of growth.

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    I think your plants are fine. I would suggest just using a damp soft cloth to clean ur leaves. I never use anything with an oil substance because it allows dust and dirt to adhere to the surface. Just dampen a soft cloth with water, wipe the leaves gently and your leaves with have that natural gloss to them. Products used to shine leaves have an oil base that not only allows the dust to adhere to the surface they also block the pores.

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    Phals don't really go dormant all my Phals are working on something: roots, spike, rebloom, leaves . Even when you think not much is happening there may be an abundance of root growth inside the pot. It wasn't until I mounted one of my Phals that I realised what a vast network of system the roots have. I just use a soft brush like a make up one to dust the leaves that's it don't have time to fuss too much on cleaning. I still love Phals despite having a collection of different orchies .

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    Glad to see your questions answered so well by the great growers here. I agree about leaf color as an indicatior of light levels, and that phals are usually growing something. As for cleaning, a damp cloth with water seems to work the best and leaves nothing interesting for insects to find. I've also use insecticidal oil like Sunoil, mixed with water to wipe the leaves down. Just put it in a spray bottle and cover the plant wth a fine mist. Then, take a damp cloth and pure water and wipe away.

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    I read in an Orchid guide a small amount of milk and water works well. How do you feel about that? Just trying to find out from the masses. I am noticing that a lot of what I've been learning is false and that worries me a bit.

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    Is there a need to clean your leaves? Personally i dont clean my leafs. I never have unless i have scale of spidermites. I find it to be unnecessary really. I just make sure that when i fertilize that i get it in the media and not on the leaves. I also prefer organic fertilizer which doesnt really leave marks on the leaf if i do mist them.... idk..just my little tid bit

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    Perhaps it depends? I live in an incredibly dusty town so they do tend to get nasty so I think I will.

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    ahh things that slip my mind.. ha...and sounds like a very good reason..I was just curious....time for a milk bath :P good luck

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