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Advice regarding a large Phal Orchid

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    Hi Guys,

    I've just been handed a rather large Phal (?) which hasn't flowered for a few years. It has added several sets of leaves & shows signs of adding another at the moment. I have placed in an east facing window & just soaked it with a dose of rainwater & orchid fertiliser.

    Can anyone give me some advice as how to get it into flower? I have also attached some pics in case these help.

    Thanks guys (& girls) in advance.

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    Increase the light levels. The phal appears very dark with long leaves. This is a sign that it needs more light. 9 out of 10 times when an orchid is mature enough to bloom and it isn't, it is due to insufficient light. Gradually move this orchid into much brighter, but still diffused light.

    cheers,
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    What a nice big phal! It also may need a repotting. Good luck with it...it looks like a nice one!

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    many thanks BD,

    I've just moved it into a south facing window, now we see!

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    Some like a bit of a temperature drop to initiate spiking. Be sure that the light from that south facing window is diffuse.
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    I second on the repotting. The medium looks a bit wonky. Not to mention that it's going to be a bit of work with all those roots. If you have a greenhouse, it's not too late to consider a slab mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Increase the light levels. The phal appears very dark with long leaves. This is a sign that it needs more light. 9 out of 10 times when an orchid is mature enough to bloom and it isn't, it is due to insufficient light. Gradually move this orchid into much brighter, but still diffused light.

    cheers,
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    Hi Bruce , can I ask what's the significance of you noticing the long leaves ? What does that tell you ? Does having broader leaves mean the plant is getting better light exposure ? Please explain . Also how do you increase the light gradually ?

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    Not to answer for Bruce, but phals often display elongated and dark leaves to compensate for too little light. The idea is that they need more photosynthetic area to deal with it. So they "stretch". As far as how you should expose them...a little at a time. Gradually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yvonni View Post
    Hi Bruce , can I ask what's the significance of you noticing the long leaves ? What does that tell you ? Does having broader leaves mean the plant is getting better light exposure ? Please explain . Also how do you increase the light gradually ?
    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    Not to answer for Bruce, but phals often display elongated and dark leaves to compensate for too little light. The idea is that they need more photosynthetic area to deal with it. So they "stretch". As far as how you should expose them...a little at a time. Gradually.
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    Jason is correct. I agree 100%. Thanks man.

    cheers,
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    I agree with Jason Hi Nicole the photo below is Phal bellina that received the light level about 20 % really under the deep shade, you can see how the leaves reacted in low light condition, it will be elongated, rather thin as compared to those received adequate light. Sorry poor photo here already 10 pm and the plant growing very well under the Ciku plant.Maybe will give you some idea.Name:  1.jpg
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