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Phalaenopsis - How would I go about getting her to stand tall?

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis - How would I go about getting her to stand tall? within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Your growing area says under lights? do you have places to hang the phal ?...

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    Your growing area says under lights? do you have places to hang the phal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Thanks all! I think I will re-think this and maybe mount it. Never done that before...I water once a week, which seems to be good for the plant.
    Do keep in mind, should you decide to mount the Phal, that you will likely have to water more frequently than you would if it is potted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    Phals like to be pot bound. If it is in too large a pot it will take longer for it to bloom.
    Hmm, I would have to disagree with this statement on two fronts. First is that I have never seen this to be the case, though perhaps differences in cultural conditions make for a difference here. Second is the myth that any plant "likes" to be pot bound. If that were true, there would be a planetful of unhappy plants. Restricted root room is not a desirable condition for any plant -- even more so, it can be argued, for an epiphyte. After all, in the wild where they grow on trees there is nothing restricting root spread.

    What keeping them pot bound does do, is reduce the risk of overwatering.

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    Just asking a follow up question--what did you end up doing Tim? And has your plant gotten better?

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    Wow! Did I ever miss this post! Sorry...

    I re-potted the phal with it standing up, so it just died! I have another that my sister gave me last September and it is on it's 3rd flowering (two new spikes - one flowering on the old spike). See my post of today for a picture. Seems I have the lighting right but a bit too directional.


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