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This is a discussion on Orchid Leaf Problems & Care Advice within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Sondra...Have you unpotted your plants and looked at the roots? I going to guess that ...

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    Sondra...Have you unpotted your plants and looked at the roots? I going to guess that all this is due to overwatering. I will bet money either the media has broken down and it is a soggy mess or like many new growers you are just lavishing too much care.

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    I water the Phals when the roots look Silver, and I check the bamboo skewers I have in all the pots before I water them. Two of the Phals are in Moss, so I guess they need to be repotted into bark, the other 2 are in bark and it looks ok, but I will pull them out if I can without them breaking and put into new bark.

    There is also a brown papery looking thing on 1 of the Phals. Is this something I need to worry about and remove? I think you should be able to see it on 1 of the photos I posted earlier in this thread.

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    I am tempted to say that if you paid $2.99 for a plant, what do you expect at that price ? Frankly. they are being sold off at less than the cost of production somewhere in the Far East, - Taiwan, etc...because they are not perfect plants.
    So don't get into a sweat about what you are doing wrong - its largely what happend before you bought them. If you want first class plants, you will have to pay more - and try your local orchid show - unless you have a good local nursery specialising in orchids; in my experience the trade who turn up at shows ( on invitation from the host club) don't dare bring sub-standard stuff.
    It's cheaper in the long run !
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    I have no idea if there are Orchid Shows around here, and I don't know how to find out either. There is 1 Nursery here in town that I know of that has Orchid Supplies, but I don't remember seeing any Orchids there. They have other kinds of flowers though.

    The plants normally range from $15-$17 at the store where I got them, but they were selling them for $3 and $10 to make room for a different kind of flower when I bought them. If I end up killing them, I will be upset and give up growing any kind of plant for a long time. Maybe I'm just not meant to grow any kind of houseplant

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    I am no phal expert in the least. I don't grow them well. But I do know that the stuff they sell in the big box stores are potted in less then desirable mix. They kind of expect and hope for these to die and for them to be replaced by you. This doesn't mean you have to fail in growing them. I would do a search on this site for growing Phals. There are master growers here. You can't go wrong with more knowledge.
    And...if they croak, consider it a learning curve and try again. We all have lost plants. It is just something that happens to the best of growers. Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGold View Post
    I have no idea if there are Orchid Shows around here, and I don't know how to find out either. There is 1 Nursery here in town that I know of that has Orchid Supplies, but I don't remember seeing any Orchids there. They have other kinds of flowers though.

    The plants normally range from $15-$17 at the store where I got them, but they were selling them for $3 and $10 to make room for a different kind of flower when I bought them. If I end up killing them, I will be upset and give up growing any kind of plant for a long time. Maybe I'm just not meant to grow any kind of houseplant
    I'm sending you a hug. Don't let this get you down. Keep trying

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGold View Post
    I have no idea if there are Orchid Shows around here, and I don't know how to find out either. There is 1 Nursery here in town that I know of that has Orchid Supplies, but I don't remember seeing any Orchids there. They have other kinds of flowers though.

    The plants normally range from $15-$17 at the store where I got them, but they were selling them for $3 and $10 to make room for a different kind of flower when I bought them. If I end up killing them, I will be upset and give up growing any kind of plant for a long time. Maybe I'm just not meant to grow any kind of houseplant
    I wouldn't stress out about any of this. You have to remember that these plants have been sitting around in some store for a long time, they have been receiving minimal care at best, that is they've been watered and nothing else. Whatever happened to send these phals into a downward spiral happened long before you bought them. They were heavily discounted for a reason and that reason is that they were not thriving. They could have picked up any number of plant diseases while sitting out on the shelf, they just landed in your home for hospice care and a little tlc before going toes up. So basically it's not your fault.

    Maintaining a thriving plant collection is a lot like the rest of life, trial and error. We learn more from our failures than our successes. I killed a fair number of inexpensive orchids as I learned my way around taking proper care of them. I also learned that some of them came to me diseased. The first orchid I bought from a garden center and paid over $30.00 for died quicker than any I purchased at the grocery store, go figure. Just learn from what happened and move on, perhaps one orchid at a time. While phals are beautiful and gratifying I think they are less forgiving than some other orchids in terms of care and will go belly-up quicker. Maybe you should try something in the oncidium family next time out, it shouldn't be as fussy a plant for you.

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    An internet search of Orchid Society and New Mexico should give you all the information you need on local orchid shows.

    martha

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    Hang in there! I suggest before giving up, purchase an orchid from a reputable vendor (PM me and I will make a recommendation) and try growing an orchid that is healthy from the start. Lots more fun than stressing over one that has been poorly cared for and reduced to move. JMHO.

    Orchids can bring so much happiness. I hope you get some from one you grow soon. Do, hang in there.

    cheers,

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    Ok, got the 2 Phals that were in moss repotted into bark. I had to reuse the pots they were in for the repotting, was this ok to do? The Colmanara looks like it has a couple of new leaves starting.

    There is a brown papery husk like thing still hanging on 1 of the Phals. Is this something good, or something I need to worry about? It was on there when I bought the Phal.

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