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

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

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    There are images of what the previous blooms looked like. I am reading Orchids for Dummies and it says red tint is too much sun, but didn't specify whether it applied to baby leaves as well. I have this orchid in my south window (bay) and it is receiving afternoon sun....my windows are tinted and for the most part, never receive extreme heat. Matter of fact, I wish my light was brighter in my windows because I lean more towards intermediate high light orchids. My Phals however always stay more shaded. Though they are responding to this heat and light during there down time, I have 4 new leaves coming on 4 different Phals I haveam I being a good or ok mommy??? HELP!

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    Baby Phal. leaves (especially those with purple/red in the flowers) almost always have that purple tint, I wouldn't worry. The purple goes away once the leaf is fully mature. You never have to worry about too much light unless you see signs of actual burning, bleaching or yellowing. Purple and red tint on leaves is nothing to worry about if that's all you're seeing.

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    Wonderful thank you so much!

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    leaf colour is actually more accurate indication , if the new leaves are a light green then they are recieving enough light while dark green is too less.

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    Looks very healthy to me you might want to clean the leaves tho..as they do like to be clean ...i always clean mine .

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    Thank you guys. Clive I will go clean the leaves now. Funny you mention that, this book talked about doing that during my reading this morning.

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    How do you clean them? Any special ways then paper towel and water?

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    interesting and unique blooms

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    You can use paper towel with a little mayonaise and gently go over the leafs and also the back, just make sure to remove any excess. This will not harm them and they will look amazing wait till you see the shine.

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    My goodness... a task for me. I have 16 dormant Phals. Mayonnaise here I come!
    Thank you.

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