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Phal stuartiana ....a baby!!!

This is a discussion on Phal stuartiana ....a baby!!! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was cleaning my shadehouse this morning and was about to toss this coco shell ...

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    Default Phal stuartiana ....a baby!!!

    I was cleaning my shadehouse this morning and was about to toss this coco shell into the bin when I noticed something green inside. I looked and there is these baby plants, 2 of them sprouted from the single live root that was the only thing left of my Phal stuartiana. The mother plant died almost a year ago, last winter I guess because I neglected to bring it indoors. This should have been tossed into the bin months ago but I was busy.

    I don't know if the tiny babies would survive their first winter, with no mother and me going to be busy again.....

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    How fabulous! Isn't mother nature wonderful?

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    Congratulations. That's exciting. Stuartiana is one of my favorite species. There's nothing like benign neglect to make orchids start growing.

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    Orchids are survivors! Good for you, Tanya.

    cheers,
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    Tough little fella there! Amazing how mother nature is.

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    So this causes me to question conventional wisdom. I have often seen people on here told the once the crown dies to throw the plant out. If she had done this she would not have received this wonderful surprise. I too had three schombo back bulbs that should have been discarded based on the current wisdom. I let them lay around my patio for no other reason than I did not want to discard them. Sure enough, a few days ago, I found a growth on one of the rhizomes. Now the bummer is the when mounting the three "spent" back bulbs I broke the growth! I think going forward I will keep all apparently dead plants until they blow away with the dust.

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    This is a strange (but enjoyable) feature of Phal. stuartiana and schilleriana to be able to produce keiki from a root.
    Now, be patient !

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    This is quite normal for this species green single root may produce keiki in optimal condition, take care give enough food and water. Look at mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller View Post
    So this causes me to question conventional wisdom. I have often seen people on here told the once the crown dies to throw the plant out. If she had done this she would not have received this wonderful surprise. I too had three schombo back bulbs that should have been discarded based on the current wisdom. I let them lay around my patio for no other reason than I did not want to discard them. Sure enough, a few days ago, I found a growth on one of the rhizomes. Now the bummer is the when mounting the three "spent" back bulbs I broke the growth! I think going forward I will keep all apparently dead plants until they blow away with the dust.

    Miller
    Miller you broke the new growth? i am so surprised!!! never expected it........

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