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Help! Buds turning red and wilting!

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    Default Help! Buds turning red and wilting!

    I just got my first orchid around a week ago at a plant fest. It is a Phal. Long Pride Amy. After a day or two in my room a couple of the smaller buds turned red and one of the bigger bud turned red and wilted. I searched around online and I found that it might not have enough light so I placed it in my back porch. My room has very low sunlight from the window due to the big tree infront of it but has a 60 watt light that keeps the room lit. The back porch gives it morning and evening sun but no direct noon sun. The first picture was taken right after I relocated it to the porch. You can see the red buds and if you look at the spike on the left, one of the branch also turned red and wilted. Well two days later the rest of the bud except for one turned red and started wilting. I asked someone online and they said too much light so I relocated it to my boyfriends house, where his mom has her orchids. You can see in the second and third picture that after two days at my boyfriends house the last green bud is turning red, all the other buds fell off and the branch of the second spike got worst. All of my boyfriends mom's orchids are also Phals and doing great in that room. HELP!!!!! what am I doing wrong?
    Also the moss its in is still moist days after I water it. Is it ok to repot it when it is flowering? Sorry for the long post everyone!!!!
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    Bud blast sometimes happens just from transporting an orchid from one location to another. That coupled with the fact that the moss is staying very wet is probably the reason the buds have blasted. If your boyfriend's mom is growing and blooming phals in the same location and they are doing fine, then I feel pretty sure that it was the change in environment that caused the problem.

    Can one repot while in bud and bloom? YES. Just be sure that when you do, you do not disturb the roots very much. Otherwise you will see more bud drop.

    Cheers,
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    Thank you for your information Brutal_Dreamer!
    Now that I know why it happend what should I do from here? Should I keep it at my boyfriends mom's house? Should I repot it right away? What do you mean by disturbing the roots too much? I read online that when you repot you remove all the old medium from the roots, cut off any dead roots with a sterile tool, put fungicide on it, then spread the root on the new medium and put more medium on top. I was planning on repoting it in a clay pot with bark for the medium. Is this ok?

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    You can do whatever you want. If it were my orchid, I would keep it at my home and repot and not worry about the blooms. It is always more fun to rebloom one than to worry about the blooms on one that you purchased in bloom. Make the orchid healthy and it will bloom for you.

    Take a look at this page: RVO Orchid Care You will find a video we did on repotting a phal orchid.

    Good luck.

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