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Phal. problem

This is a discussion on Phal. problem within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have a new friend who gives me "old" phals after they drop thier blooms, ...

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    I have a new friend who gives me "old" phals after they drop thier blooms, they are previously owned by some rich folks who dont take care of them at all.. so I got this phal with beautiful roots, two spikes and a single bright royal pruple bloom(there was no species tag) but it has no leaves, not even one. I repotted it into s/h with my other phals.. I would sure love some input here..

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    No leaves on a Phal !
    Well i guess it,s brown bread but hasn,t got the sense to die.
    I very much doubt it will recover but it may just to make me look a real
    idiot.

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    It happened to me more than once before, phals losing all its leaves leaving only the base and a mass of healthy roots. Some of them will sprout basal keikis, as long as you keep the roots from drying up completely. Most will eventually die. You said yours have 2 spikes? Well, you might as well wait and see if the buds will develop fully and enjoy the blooms while you can. Repotting it into s/h may not be a good idea, because it has no leaves, but what do I know, I have never potted a phal into s/h before, healthy phal or otherwise.

    I'm sure someone with more know hows will pitch in.

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    I'd cut the spikes as quick as you can. Let the poor beleaguered thing put its energy into leaf formation and not impressing philistines with it's lovely flowers (as a suicide gesture).

    Best of luck - what a sad story!
    Julie

    PS - Maybe even sphag and bag that guy.

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    well, it was overbloomed when I got it, the one purple flower is the last on the spikes, so I wanted to keep it until I could find a picture to try to identify the type of plant, on the off-chance that it recouperates. Is there anything I can do to help the plant initiate a keiki?

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    Cut the flowers and plunk them in water. Photo those. Else you might lose the plant.

    Don't worry about a keiki - a surviving plant is much more valuable. Good luck!
    Julie

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