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New Mini Phal

This is a discussion on New Mini Phal within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; So I picked one of these up today from a greenhouse. As with all new ...

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    So I picked one of these up today from a greenhouse. As with all new plants that I buy, I completely removed all the potting media (it was 100% sphagnum and SOAKED) and in this case replaced it with the little pumice balls. I used this over a bark/charcoal/moss mix as this is all that we have at the greenhouse here at KU for Orchid potting media. Maybe when I get it home next week I'll repot it again? Anyway, this is my first ever orchid, and I know that I can handle the watering part but how much light is "medium". To me, "medium light" is not a very quantifiable amount. No direct sun, I know, but would a few feet to the side and also to the front, where no direct light will be recieved, of a south facing window work? Thanks for the help.

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    I once saw someone on here describe the level of sunlight as to a shadow your hand would make... If you can see the outline of your hand clearly and distinctly that would be high light, medium levels of sunlight then would only leave a fuzzy shadow and low light would leave very little of a shadow if any. I first saw phals in my daughter in laws bathroom, and in the middle of a somewhat dark living room. Neither was receiving any direct sunlight yet they continued to stay in bloom, and looked very healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    I once saw someone on here describe the level of sunlight as to a shadow your hand would make... If you can see the outline of your hand clearly and distinctly that would be high light, medium levels of sunlight then would only leave a fuzzy shadow and low light would leave very little of a shadow if any.
    Fantastic, and thanks a million! I'd never have imagined there could be such a simple way to determine light levels, and I think that what you gave me will work great!

    I am only today going to get this thing home from the greenhouse here at KU, along with an orange dendrobium that I have there. In the time that it's been there the leaves have gotten a little yellowed and wrinkled, probably because it is in such a small pot and dries very easily. Hopefully it will perk right back up, but I was looking to get some opinions. Is the change in leaf appearance likely due to lack of water?

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    You may want to look at your roots. Often poor water uptake means the roots have gone bad on you. Even though it is a small phal, you still only water about every 4 or 5 days. If you could post a picture, it might help id the problem.

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    When you repotted it, do you remember how the roots appeared? You said the sphagnum was soaked. Moisture is good, drowning not so much. I would tend to agree with Connie, check the root system. If there are few to no stiff roots left, they may have rotted. Then, it will be rescue time, which can be done, but requires some patience and tlc!

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    I'll take a look tomorrow when I go to repot it into a better mix, as right now it is just in little red balls of pumice. The roots when I repotted it were great, and there were quite a few. It does get quite abit of light where it is now, which may also be the cause of the problem.

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    The little pumice balls are sold under the trade name of LECA. I have a mess of 'em and they slow water drainage from pots, add a bit of not so absorbent mass to media, and can be cleaned and reused.

    Sometimes when a phal is repotted, it will loose older leaves. But, healthy roots generally indicate a healthy plant....not always, but generally.

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