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Phal Orchid flower browning

This is a discussion on Phal Orchid flower browning within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Update: Well, it has been 2 wks. since my Phal repotting, and since then, it ...

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    Update: Well, it has been 2 wks. since my Phal repotting, and since then, it has lost all its flowers. I do think it was heading toward the end of its flowering cycle. Otherwise, it appears to look healthy.
    I must say I am having more difficulty determining WHEN to water it, as the bark doesn't feel damp like I was able to tell with the sphagnum moss. So, I am just giving it a watering once a week. Then, I guess if I were to see some sickly signs, I will assume I will need to water more often? While I have not gotten into a routine Re: watering frequency, I still feel better about its new medium that I repotted it in. In the meantime, I just bought another Phal from the same grocery store florist where my son bought my first one. They are trying to clear them out, as most appear they are at the end of their blooming period. So, I got it 1/2 off, but didn't tell that to my son . This time, I immediately pulled it out of the secondary pot. Happily, it didn't have a lot of the root system growing out of the bottom, nor did any of the roots appear dead. It just put out 2 more pretty blooms, and again, I suspect that it might be finished flowering. So, I will wait until all its blooms have fallen off, and then I will do the bark recipe repotting as I did for my first Phal. Meanwhile, I will be even more cautious than ever when I water its sphagnum moss-based potting! It felt good to bring home another friend....woohoo...2 orchids for Jane now. I can only imagine how you Senior Members are grinning and shaking your head. Got to start somewhere, right!? Name:  image.jpg
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    Hi, back again. Do I need to do anything to my First Phal that has lost all its blooms in the last couple weeks? I have been reading some posts, indicating cutting/snipping them? If so, I would greatly appreciate some specifics on this. Thank you!

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    A lot of people recommend cutting the bloom spike down to just above the last node before the flowers, or a node or two up the stem. I have left mine when they are still green and fat and had them rebloom the next year, or often they turn brown and I cut them off. Since yours has been stressed by going to the store, then moving to your house and being repotted, I'd cut off the part that has bloomed for sure. If it stays fat and green I'd leave the rest of the spike to see if it will branch and rebloom (I've had them do that and also one that grew a keiki - baby plant). That's just my take on the deal!

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    Thank you so much, Carolla. Will cut off the bloomed parts in the AM. Really appreciate your input. Have a great evening! Jane

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