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Phalaenopsis baby not growing

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis baby not growing within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi everyone! I have two baby phalaenopsis, both were keikis from the mother plant, but ...

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    Default Phalaenopsis baby not growing

    Hi everyone! I have two baby phalaenopsis, both were keikis from the mother plant, but sadly those two mother plants died...so these babies are my only hope. But then, It's been almost 2 years already, but they are not growing, still babies, not even producing new leaves, no new roots, roots are not growing as well, just like that. i think they are also attacked by mites. they are mounted on cork bark with few sphagnum moss. Just can't understand why they are not growing?
    Thank you all for any advice or opinion!

    jenn

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    In my opinion, Phals are pigs - they love food. Are you feeding them well? I fertilize my Phals. weakly, weekly with one watering every month of just water. Also, are you soaking the roots well to make sure they get hydrated?
    Don
    ps - a picture would greatly help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Germinatorman View Post
    In my opinion, Phals are pigs - they love food. Are you feeding them well? I fertilize my Phals. weakly, weekly with one watering every month of just water. Also, are you soaking the roots well to make sure they get hydrated?
    Don
    ps - a picture would greatly help
    I agree. What is the care the orchids receive? What level of light and humidity? A photo generally helps.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks a lot for your replies. I managed to take some photos...
    I grow my orchids on our roofdeck, outdoor, with net for shading, so the environment is quite dry coz it's summer time here in our place, i ferilize it weekly with growth booster (written on the bottle) then water every morning. Actually I noticed that my plants that are hanging or mounted on bark are going dry, thou i tried to increase humidity by splashing water to the floor and putting some pales of water in the area. These baby generally receives morning sun but no afternoon sun.

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    Well personally I have never had much luck growing Phals. outside. Those that have done well for me were situated underneath trees in pretty heavy shade, no direct sunlight.
    There is certainly some green in the roots but it looks like the growing tips of the roots are dead. I would find a windowsill or light indoors if it were me. But, I will say that for as much light as they are receiving, the leaves do not looked burned.

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    I do see evidence of spider mite damage. If they were mine, I would treat them for that. Betty

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    Those markings underneath the leaves are the culprit. As Betty said above, you need to treat for spider mites. Personally; I find the systemic's work best. The best way with orchids is to use something every 3 months. New plants should be kept separate from your other plants at first. If you don't spray preventatively...you will have bugs sooner or later.

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    Thanks a lot everyone! I dabbed some alchohol to the leaves and watered with alchohol mixture (That's the only thing available here as of now), hope it will help somehow...
    I will separate them from the other plants, think will just keep them indoor for now. I would like to remove them from the bark and put them in small pots, but i'm so afraid to move them and harm the roots and kill the plants instead...Is there no way for the dead root ends to be green again? (for orchids generally coz my sanderiana also got problems with roots, all root tips are white and seemed dry, no green tips at all and no new roots)

    Really hoping these babies could make it. It's also my first time to grow phals from keikis...

    Thanks again!

    Jenn

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    i think your treatment is ok, just take care of the spider mites and the plants will recover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    i think your treatment is ok, just take care of the spider mites and the plants will recover.
    I agree with Ron...And two treatments a week apart are necessary. Betty

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