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The Story of a Phal

This is a discussion on The Story of a Phal within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I wanted to share some pictures and the story of one of my Phals. One ...

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    I wanted to share some pictures and the story of one of my Phals. One day a couple of years ago, my neighbor came by with this sad plant and told me he'd given it to his wife and that it had bloomed beautifully for some time, but then she'd forgotten to take care of it. He gave it to me to try to rehab rather than toss it out:

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    I repotted it and gave it the same care I give my other Phals and here it is last year (btw, it has lost all of the leaves it had when I got it, what you see is all new growth):

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    And again this year, I think I'm gaining on it nicely!:

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    It does have a tag that says: Amp 245-Pink (Taki) Does anyone know anything about that and what to expect from it? He said it was a gorgeous bright pink. I'm hoping it will bloom for me next year!

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    Great save! Wish you were close enough to send my ailing phals to. hehehe

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    Ahhh...well done!!

    I too am a sucker for adopting dreadful-looking orchids and rehabilitating them. One of my local box-stores takes TERRIBLE care of their orchids...they often look just like that first pic above...so then they go on clearance, and no one wants to buy an orchid that looks mostly dead, clearance or not. So the store throws them away!! I've asked several of the managers if I could come in on "trash day" and rescue the plants, and every person I talked to said it is strictly against company policy to let anyone take home anything that is being thrown away. It's a shame, really, because all most of them need is just some TLC.

    Anyway, I just acquired one a few days ago that looks like that first pic you posted above. I assume it will also lose all of its current leaves...they are all shriveled and don't seem to be plumping much...and to make matters worse, the roots were pretty much all rotten when I got down into the sphag to clean it up. But when it recovers and blooms it will be SOOOOO rewarding. Your "orchid story" has given me a lot of hope for my half-dead, mostly shriveled rescue!! It just goes to show how hardy and tough these plants can be when given proper care!

    And I really like what you did in capturing the various stages of its rehabilitation. Well done! Make sure you post pics when it blooms!!

    Happy growing, and way to go!

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    Oh, and I forgot, the bloom spike was still green, so I didn't mess with it and it grew me a great keiki from the stress. That is a nice little plant now too and doing well. So we got two Phals for nothing! Love it!

    This one wasn't overwatered, but just not watered enough. The roots weren't too bad. I buy the $5 rescues from local stores when I see them and I think they aren't rotten. I've got another rescue that bloomed last year, very pretty, not a big plant yet though. I'll be posting more pictures from my collection over the next week or two, I gave them all a bath and took pictures a few days ago, it seemed fun to document them so I can see how they grow and remember what all the NOID ones look like...

    I seem to have the Phals down here. I live in very dry country - about 12" of precip a year and about 20% humidity. I do pot some some sphagnum moss and a little finer media than most would and I often pot in glazed pots with the holes. I don't water a lot for most of mine, every couple of weeks I soak them in the sink with a weak fertilizer and some of the smaller plants I might water in between. They seem to do really well with it. When I get a new Phal in that comes from a store, I pretty much always repot - if its strong and healthy I wait until its done blooming, if its sad, I do it right away to see what condition its in. I try not to pot in too large a pot, though this one is in a pretty big pot because it was a large plant and had some roots.

    People tell me "It won't bloom for years!" and I tell them that years will pass whether I grow that plant or not and I just enjoy messing with them. I might as well have those flowers in a couple of years as not!

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