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Phal. Orchid not looking so good.

This is a discussion on Phal. Orchid not looking so good. within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; 2 months ago, I was given a phal orhid by a friend that was moving. ...

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    Default Phal. Orchid not looking so good.

    2 months ago, I was given a phal orhid by a friend that was moving. It was very healthy and had to new buds growing on it. Last week, I noticed that the buds were shrivled and fell off, they never blossomed. Now the top of the stem of the orchid in the area that the blossoms would be on, it is turning yellow.

    The roots and leaves still look in healthy condition, is there anything I can do to save it?

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    For whatever reason, the buds blasted. That typically happens if the plant is stressed, or there's a change in conditions. If the leaves and roots look good, then you should be fine.

    I received a flowering Phal in the mail and it blasted all of its blooms en route to me. I figured the plant looked healthy enough to try again, so I cut the spike to encourage it to grow more buds. You can do this with Phals.

    I don't usually bother after their normal blooming, because I'd rather the plant put its energy into growing for next season. But if it didn't even bloom through its first time, what the heck...it should have enough energy to try again.

    If you'd like to try this, notice on the spike the nodes or bracts that run up from the base - sort of like joints spaced every few inches. There are usually several non-blooming nodes, before the first node that supported a bud. Cut the spike above the highest non-blooming node and below the first bud node. Then wait a couple of weeks, and the spike should put out a new branch, which will develop new buds.

    Good luck!
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    Sorry to hear it's lost the buds. But like Julie said, you can try to rebloom from the current spike. Hopefully it is healthy enough to put out a branch.

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    I cut my spike off like you have instructed, but the spike is turning yellowish in color. The leaves are greener than green and the roots are still real firm and good in color. What's the problem here, and what can I do?

    Thanks in advance

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    Sorry you lost the buds , it sounds like the spike is tired , not a lot you can do , I would leave it and see if it goes brown , if so then it can be cut approx. 1 inch from where it attatches to the plant . Gin

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    My spike ended up turning brown and got "crunchy" I cut it about an inch from the plant. What should I be waiting for now?

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    The plant should now turn its attention to growing new roots and leaves. You may not see anything for a while. It could also be stubborn and try to push up a new spike. I've had that happen on occassion. If the roots are healthy, just water and fert normally.

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    You should be waiting for a new leaf to develop and grow until the next blooming cycle (this fall). If you keep the roots healthy and the plant experience a slight fluctuation in temp (around 10 degrees less than normal), as the cooler temp sets in, it should spike.

    Trung

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