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

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

    I got this orchid from my hairdresser friend - she had it in her shop and it didn't get water and sunlight was a non-item, too.

    Here's a picture of it in it's present glory. The middle leaf was just about a half inch long when I brought her home, so it's doing lots better. Notice the lean - it had fallen over from neglect and when I re-potted it the roots are all on the one side and consequently I can't get it to stand up. How would I go about getting her to stand tall?

    Thanks!

    Tim

    I got this orchid from a beautician who kept it in her shop - didn't water often and had it away from light. It had fallen over and taken root kinda sideways - how can I straighten her up without hurting her?

    She's doing lot's better here - the central leaf was only about half an inch long when I got her about 2 months ago.

    Thanks!

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    When I have that problem I place a stake in the pot and use green yarn to tie the plant to the stake. I keep the plant staked until enough roots have developed to support the plant and keep it upright. Hope this helps.

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    Hi Tim, I wish that I could get a phal from someone too but unfortunately I have to purchase them, anyway I like Bill's advice but I got so fed up trying to stake a plant that grows in a different way in the natural I have decided to mount mine and it looks very lovely, there is a very vibrant root system and so I have decided to try to give it as close to it's natural habitat as possible, tired of seeing the poor thing suffering, I have saved it twice from dying off and form two leaves to five now!!!!

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    In nature, phalaenopsis attach onto trees and their leaves usually hang like yours, sideways, or at times the leaves will hang down. It is the plants way to avoid getting crownrot I suspect. I gave up years ago and when I repot my phals I lay them over to one side...they end up that way on me anyways. I've tried sticking a stake to keep them upright but they just grow around it and end up hanging over again. lol

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    Hi Tim and Connie check out a forum where I have the heading-- wrinkled leaves help needed--- and you will see what the phal looked like before I decided to mount it, it is on a piece of guava tree branch with sphagnum and coconut fibre that is all.

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    I'm not sure how often you are watering, but be careful of watering more than once every 5 days or so. Phal's in nature grow attached to trees and usually hang sideways or down in order to not get crown rot. You can use a kitchen skewer to prop it, or a plant stake if you have one, if you prefer it to stand up straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    When I have that problem I place a stake in the pot and use green yarn to tie the plant to the stake. I keep the plant staked until enough roots have developed to support the plant and keep it upright. Hope this helps.
    I also stake mine as Bill described, you may need a stake on either side of it. Also, make sure that your roots are tight in the pot. Phals like to be pot bound. If it is in too large a pot it will take longer for it to bloom. And also, the tight roots help the plant to stay where you want it in the pot.

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    you could pull the whole thing out and sit it back in moire upright and put the bark (or new bark) back in. or mount it like it is, they like being 'sideways' actually. it's more natural.

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    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.

    Sorry about the double post! I tried to post once and nothing happened, so I re-posted and behold! They both show up...??

    Tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    ....Sorry about the double post! I tried to post once and nothing happened, so I re-posted and behold! They both show up...??

    Tim
    Hi Tim,
    When a post is moderated it may take a few hours before it is approved. You will be notified as soon as anyone replies to your post via the email address you used to register. Good luck with your phal.
    cheers,
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