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Watering Phal leaves + Fertilizing?

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    Hi!

    I just bought two new Phals, and I have had them for about a week now. I watered them the day after I purchased them, as the bark was quite dry and the roots were pretty white and crispy. I submerged them for about 10 mins each, let them drain and then placed the plastic pots back into the porcelain planters that house them.

    The plants seem to be doing well, but they have blasted any new buds, I imagine from the stress of changing environments.
    I have been doing a lot of research on orchids, but can anyone confirm that I am to spray the LEAVES only in order to ward off any mites or bugs (plants are indoors by a window sill) ?
    The leaves are bright green and quite perky, all growing upwards (not droopy). I also bought fertilizer, but I am not sure if it is too soon to use it?

    One of the plants seems to have sprouted some spikes on the side of the main stem, so I am unsure if these will even bloom and if fertilizing would help that or not.

    Thanks for any advice!
    NG

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    About spraying the leaves and watering in general. Water as early in the day as possible with and foliage moisture drying with in 4 hours. Use water with no chlorine ( fill a jug and let it sit in the air 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate) You don't really need to spray the leaves unless it is for the purpose of watering or it is too hot and you need to cool the plants. If you need humidity and are windowsill growing, use pans under your plants. I use long narrow planter trays with inverted plant saucers for the orchids to sit on, and the water is in the trays. Do not let the plants sit in the water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    About spraying the leaves and watering in general. Water as early in the day as possible with and foliage moisture drying with in 4 hours. Use water with no chlorine ( fill a jug and let it sit in the air 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate) You don't really need to spray the leaves unless it is for the purpose of watering or it is too hot and you need to cool the plants. If you need humidity and are windowsill growing, use pans under your plants. I use long narrow planter trays with inverted plant saucers for the orchids to sit on, and the water is in the trays. Do not let the plants sit in the water.
    Nice advice!!

    cheers,
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    i don't recall ever having insects attack my phals. and we have tons of spider mites here, etc. now that i no longer have cats i am switching to using a systemic insecticide for plants that do get buggy.

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    Water spray isn't going to do diddly to repel bugs, and can result in a great environment for fungi.

    Feed frequently and weakly. If you water weekly, I recommend about 50 ppm N - divide 4 by the %N on the label, and the result is teaspoons per gallon to use.

    The "bright green" leaves suggests the plant have been fed a great deal of nitrogen, so it won't yhurt to back off to feeding every other weeks for a while.

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    Thanks for all the great advice everyone! Especially RE: bugs. I typically grow bonsais, a lot of which enjoy being misted for that reason.
    I fertilized one of my plants today (after finding a white spider on the stem, eep!) with 1/2 teaspoon for 1/2 gallon. I left the other one unwatered for now, it seems pretty healthy and I suppose I'd rather under-water than over-water.
    Thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Nice advice!!

    cheers,
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    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coeruleo View Post
    i don't recall ever having insects attack my phals. and we have tons of spider mites here, etc. now that i no longer have cats i am switching to using a systemic insecticide for plants that do get buggy.
    I only get scale.

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