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Another internet "gem"! Phal advice!

This is a discussion on Another internet "gem"! Phal advice! within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; "Phalaenopsis orchids, or moth orchids, bloom for up to three months at a time, which ...

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    Default Another internet "gem"! Phal advice!

    "Phalaenopsis orchids, or moth orchids, bloom for up to three months at a time, which is much longer than other orchid varieties. In addition, many Phalaenopsis orchids bloom twice per year. Orchids reproduce by expanding the root systems, which are bulbs. You can separate Phalaenopsis orchid bulbs every two to three years by cutting them apart

    Examine the roots and locate a section that has at least three to five bulbs on it. Cut through the root system at this location to divide the orchid in half. Most orchids can only be divided into two sections, but if the roots are larger you can create three divisions."


    What? Phals have bulbs? I clearly have missed out on the opportunity to "divide" my phals LOL. I hope some poor person doesn't read this article and think they can multiply their phalaenopsis simply by cutting it in half..


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    That racks up there with labels telling you to water Phalaenopsis with ice cubes!

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    Oh no, dividing phal bulbs?!?!

    I once saw a phal label that literally said to throw away the plant after it's done flowering. However, ironically, the label also contained detailed instructions on watering, light, and even fertilizing.

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    I had to laugh at this and share, more reason not to believe all the "help" you can get from the internet. Better there is a forum like this for people wondering if they can divide their phals!

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    *SNORT!!* Good gracious! That's horrendous! I would like to email the webmaster and tell him/her that this is terrible information! YIKES!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris1140 View Post
    That racks up there with labels telling you to water Phalaenopsis with ice cubes!
    UGH... gosh, that just kills me when I see people dropping ice cubes on their phals. I'm sort of offended on behalf of the orchids. I have to restrain myself from yelling, "How would YOU like ice cubes dropped down your pants?!"

    But I've found that mistakes like this are, overwhelmingly, not the fault of the growers; it's all the bad information out there that causes people to go awry. One of my local home improvement stores sells phals that are mostly shriveled-up and half-dead (seriously, these are the worst-looking orchids I've ever seen. It's a travesty), with a tag hanging on them that says "Orchids are Easy!!" I just find that rather ironic. If the store employees in the garden department don't know how to keep them alive, how do they expect everyday folks to know what to do? UGH!!

    The sad thing is that most orchids are easy as long as you remember a few simple rules. They've just gotten such a bad reputation from all the bad advice people get on how to take care of them that people just give up on them instead of adjusting the care they're giving. I can't tell you how many friends I've rehabilitated orchids for, and they all say the same thing, "It's dead. I always kill these things." Of course, most of the time, the plant is clearly NOT dead...it is just not in flower any more. But they've stopped watering it because they thought it was dead. It's at that point that I usually ask them if they chop down their cherry trees once the blooms fall off in the spring... LOL

    Anyway, I'll get off my soapbox now. But seriously...bad information on the web kills me. People would be so much more successful with their orchids if they just got the right instructions presented in a simple, easy-to-understand format.

    Thanks for sharing that little "gem!" I wasn't sure whether to laugh or groan!

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