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Help! My orchids having problems and I don't know what its trying to tell me =(

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    Default Help! My orchids having problems and I don't know what its trying to tell me =(

    Hi everyone I'm new to the forms and growing plants in general. I generally always feel like I have a black thumb as all my plants eventually die unless they're cacti. Last year I decided to finally change my luck and I got a pot phaleanopsis (I really love the exotic orchids but I figured I'd start with the beginner one)

    After 3 weeks they started getting spots

    But overall they seemed to hang in even after the blooms and stick dried up.

    Here's a picture of the plant last month, it seemed relatively happy, lots of root and leaf growth, and trying to go for the window (east facing so I kept it to the side so that it didn't get burnt)


    With spring approaching i was wondering why it didn't want to bloom again when my BF's moms orchids had bloomed twice already (I live in southern California) and I went online and asked some questions. I got some advise to move it towards the window as the plant seemed to want to go towards it, and to also try and get the night temperature down to 65F (so I now leave the window open for it)

    Well my plant didn't seem to like the advise and now i fear that I might loose it:

    Plant as a whole:


    Leaf problems:
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    roots dying on the side facing the window:
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    I'm also puzzled all my root tips have a red tint:
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    today i pulled the plants away from the window because of the yellowing leaves:


    My routine is:
    I water every 1.5 - 2 weeks because the moss seems to stay pretty wet for a long time, feed with the orchid food every 2 weeks, and then use the seaweed extract every 4 weeks.

    Any advise on how I can save it and its new friend that I almost drowned to death not knowing the pot it came in had no holes (I re potted it in a new one but it too is developing those weird hole/ leaf cracks too)

    And any advise on how I can get it to bloom again? I'm getting pretty cold with the window open at night :P (I like it at a good mid 70s to low 80s) I really appreciate any help. Thank you all in advance.
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    In general, I think that your orchids look pretty healthy. As far as temperatures go, phaleanopsis like it in the 60's or 70's at night; high 80's to 90 degrees during the day. They normally flower once a year. NO SUN for this orchid...medium to low light is what they like. Good luck...Betty

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    Hi,

    I agree with Betty, The plants look healthy. The spots look to me like mineral deposits from water. You can wash the entire plant with a light solution of gentle soap and water. Just make sure that you dry the center of top leaf to prevent the crown rot. The reddish root tips are normal, healthy looking roots. The rest of your plants' imperfections are just the normal wear and tear. Looks like you doing a good job. Like Betty said, they need low light. In the Fall, when most of them start forming flower spikes, they need a 10 deg temp difference between day and night to initiate the process. Maybe that's what they are missing.

    I hope this helps.

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    thank you ladies, i am glad to see they are still ok, I was really getting worried because of the yellowing.

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    Some posts give me a grin when I read them. You are sooo cute...sounds like one of my posts back when I first joined. You have one healthy phal...might need some repotting soon as that spagnum breaks down faster than bark. But overall it's a healthy one...looks like you are doing fine.

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    I concur with all the ladies!

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    Welcome to OT!! And as everyone else has said: it looks like you're doing a great job, this is normal for phals
    Personally I have a hard time getting mine to spike, but I think it's a lack of temp difference.

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    Ali, way back "when", I had a difficult time getting my phals to "spike." I was very young at the time, growing indoors, under lights. I was told by an older, wiser member of my orchid society, that orchids needed a 20 to 25 degree drop in temerature at night to get the plant to spike. Soon after I gave them that, they began to spike! Just my own personal experience...Betty
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    Welcome to OT!! And as everyone else has said: it looks like you're doing a great job, this is normal for phals
    Personally I have a hard time getting mine to spike, but I think it's a lack of temp difference.

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    Thanks Betty! I've been told the same, I'm not really set up right now to give them that, but I may start taking them home in the fall to give them the temp drop they need. Can't really leave them outside at the office, someone may walk off with them!

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    Ali, way back "when", I had a difficult time getting my phals to "spike." I was very young at the time, growing indoors, under lights. I was told by an older, wiser member of my orchid society, that orchids needed a 20 to 25 degree drop in temerature at night to get the plant to spike. Soon after I gave them that, they began to spike! Just my own personal experience...Betty

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    I agree that your phals look like healthy plants. I also like your water, fertilizer and seaweed schedule. It sounds like you're doing an excellent job. The only thing I would do differently is that, when you repot, you might cosider using a smaller pot. My experience is that phals do best in the smallest pot that the roots will comfortably fit in. In the meantime, with your good care and attention to moisture in the medium, I'm sure they'll do well in the pots they're in. Good job.

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