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Pruny phalaenopsis petals

This is a discussion on Pruny phalaenopsis petals within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I received my first phal orchid for valentines day. It has since bloomed for almost ...

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    Default Pruny phalaenopsis petals

    I received my first phal orchid for valentines day. It has since bloomed for almost a month. I noticed today that one of the flower's petals seem shriveled or "pruny" (like when your skin is in water for a long time). I've been watering once a week and i watered it this morning. By this afternoon the petals look more wilted than they were this morning.
    Anyone know the reason? and is there anything I can do?

    Thanks

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    Hi Tammy,

    Which flower is having the trouble? Was it the first to open or has it only just opened? Also, was the plant blooming when you got it?

    If it was the first to open, it could be finished blooming. If it's only just opened, it could be blasting. That's a term we use when a bud or flower reacts (negatively) to a suddent change of conditions. It gets that shriveled look and goes all limp. I've had a few blast immediately after purchase. They clearly were used to a different environment. It doesn't hurt the plant. Just the effected buds/flowers. I've found that buds either just about to open, or newly opened are the most vulnerable to blasting.

    Nothing you can do in either case.

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    Thanks for responding!

    The flower that's having problem is the first that bloomed. THe plant wasn't in bloom when I first got it, it bloomed a few days later. The flowers have been in bloom for about 3 weeks, so far the other flowers look ok.
    I haven't changed the environment conditions, still sitting on my office desk. However, i was taking a close look at the potting medium and unfortuantely, i see critters and i think they might be spider mites. Oh how I hate them!
    So now I think I will need to get neem oil, i've read it's quite effective.

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    Hi Tammy,

    I'm not the definitive voice, and others may have thoughts. If there were critters in the pot and it were me, I'd repot it now and treat it for the bugs at the same time. If you can't find a source for Neem Oil, PM me and I'll give you mine.

    You should care for the plant's health first. I've sometimes lost a flower or two repotting a blooming plant, but so often they're in bad material that I repot regardless and I haven't had much trouble.

    Good luck and let us know how the patient does!

    Julie

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    Default what kind of potting mix? bark or moss

    I went to a flower store in a flower district here in ny. The guy was saying that moss potting is better than bark potting. I have bark potting and was wondering if I should switch the mix.

    The stem of that pruny and shriveled flower has turned yellowish white. I was hoping that it would regain consciousness but I think it's gone

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    Bark vs moss - - depends alot on your growing conditions. I have phals in bark and in bark + moss. If it get really dry very quickly in your environment, then go with the moss or a 50/50 bark moss mix. Put a layer of bark in the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage.

    Don't feel bad about the flower, I have some friends at work who were inspired to get phals after seeing some of the ones I brought in to set on my desk while in bloom. None of them managed to keep the blossoms going for more than 2 weeks. I now have 3 of them in intensive care at my place.

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