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Opps I did it again :(

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    Default Opps I did it again :(

    I'm so sad, I have killed yet another phal. This is the end of trying. How they can be called 'easy orchids' is beyond me. I can take a semi healthy phal and manage to look at it the wrong way and kill it. When I repotted it (after noticing a ton of white wormy looking bugs in the medium) and there was some rot. I guess it was worse than I thought, or I didn't cut it all off. I have tried to email the seller, but he hasn't gotten back to me yet.

    All of my other orchids are doing great at least. They were getting a little bit of sunburn in my bathroom, so I moved them to the kitchen and they were doing much beter and not suffering any permenant damage.

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    Oh, sorry to hear that Traci! I'm with you on the Phals. I haven't killed mine...yet. But they are tricky as anything, IMO. I'm having better luck w/ a dtps. So far.

    Good thing I switched directions and don't have a ton of them left to kill! lol. Go buy yourself a Paph. (or some other lovely thing - one of L's Sharry Babies perhaps?) - it will make you feel better!

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    Yes, Heather is correct! Sharry Baby is an easy plant to grow and bloom and hard to kill plant, grows fast also.

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    I want to add that I dislike Phals. I just don't grow them warm enough. At least I know why. I still have a few on mounts that do well(species) and a few in S/H which does not really matter what medium they are in, they just get too cold.

    Sorry for the loss. Go buy yourself a nice Stanhopea!

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    Good thing I switched directions and don't have a ton of them left to kill! lol. Go buy yourself a Paph. (or some other lovely thing - one of L's Sharry Babies perhaps?) - it will make you feel better! [/B][/QUOTE]

    I have a mottle leaf paph that is doing great. I couldn't kill that one if I tried lol. I got an email back from the seller, he said he would replace it without a question. I'm going to talk to him and see if I can replace it with a different type of plant. I get WAY to much light for phals, I need to just accept that quietly.

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    Originally posted by Paphraguy
    Yes, Heather is correct! Sharry Baby is an easy plant to grow and bloom and hard to kill plant, grows fast also.
    They smell good to boot I'm going to talk to the seller and see if he will exchange it for something for hight light needs.

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    Sorry to hear about your Phal, Traci. That can be really frustrating, especially when it keeps happening. Your vendor is obviously working with you though, so that's at least good. Is this the one from that farm you were talking about a month back?

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    Yes, it is the same vendor, thank goodness. I'm going to talk to him about the lighting situation in my house, and see if that is causing some of the problems with phals. I don't get it, both phals and paphs are low-medium light. How come I haven't killed my paph? Not that I want to kill it.

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    Traci,
    Sorry to hear about your phal and I hope the vendor lets you replace it with something else.....
    Persistance,

    A grower in my society is in your shoes...he grows too cool for them, but I get what he can't grow
    (altough they are have dead by the time I get them)!

    I wonder if I had not been able to grow them (seeing a phal was my first orchid) ,if my interest in orchids would have survived??




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    Originally posted by OrchidTraci
    I don't get it, both phals and paphs are low-medium light. How come I haven't killed my paph? Not that I want to kill it.
    A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, I managed to expose both phals and mottled-leaf paphs to much higher than recommended light levels. I managed to stunt the growth of the paphs, while the phals did better and grew all right. That said, this time was spring/summer, and temps were very warm. Phals tend to really sulk when the night temps go below 60. A winter minimum of 65 would really be better for them, and of course they'd appreciate 70 even more. That said, I have heard that mottled-leaf paphs can tolerate a great deal more light than advertised, in which case they are supposed to grow quickly but produce smaller and short-lived flowers. They definitely tolerate cool temps better than phals, though. Not sure if temp is a problem.

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