That is CRAZY!
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This is a discussion on Strange site at the big box store within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was in a big box store today where there were very large double spike ...
I was in a big box store today where there were very large double spike NOID phalaenopsis orchids for sale for $11. I stopped to look at them and was horrified to see the stakes poked right through the leaves of the plants. Not sure if this was done via machinery and therefore why they were $11 or if this is a common practice. Didn't seem too good for the plant to have all the leaves or most of the leaves run through with stakes.
Last edited by Traci; June 22nd, 2015 at 04:42 PM.
That is CRAZY!
I have recently come across this as well. It made me very upset. It looked like they used a hole puncher. AWFUL. I would have bought the plant anyway just out of principle..... but still.... what a terrible thing to do.
Last edited by JackiePS; June 23rd, 2015 at 11:17 AM.
That is horrible!! The good news is you can probably save one of them if you wanted. A hole in the leaf shouldn't be to big of a problem to the plant.
Such malpractice! Not very professional of them...even a beginner would not dare do that!
I'm sure it doesn't look so good, but probably won't really bother the plant, as long as infection doesn't get in the spot. I've been known to trim a Phal leaf back if it gets spotty, or damaged and I just try to make it look "normal" by cutting the end to a "V" like a normal leaf. It never seems to bother the Phal at all and looks a lot nicer then the spot. Still, you'd think they'd be more thoughtful, except I'm sure they sell the Phals as disposable flowers (more like cut flowers) that last longer because there is a plant there too. Few keep them to grow them on and rebloom them, so that isn't even a consideration.
It is a shame and I do so enjoy "rescuing" a Phal and bringing it back to bloom again and again over the years. It's also why there are cheap "rescue" Phals available to us, so maybe its not that bad?
It seems like phal abuse to me. Every single leaf was punched.