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how to make phals orchid blooms last longer

This is a discussion on how to make phals orchid blooms last longer within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi all I'd really appreciate it if anyone can give me some tips on how ...

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    Hi all
    I'd really appreciate it if anyone can give me some tips on how to make my phals flowers last longer? the last bud already bloom & I know I'm counting down to doom day :-)
    What can I do to avoid armageddon? more fertilizer? growth hormone? or perhaps botox?
    thanks a ton

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    Not a whole lot you can do. They will last as long as they will -- though in the case of phals, that is usually several months. However, that said, while the plant is in bloom, keep it (and the flowers) out of direct sunlight and keep it in a slightly cool (temps in the 60s by night and 70s by day) location if you can. The flowers of most plants -- whether those of orchids or otherwise -- generally age/wear out faster if exposed to sunlight or really warm temps.

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    Very sound advice from Pavel.

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    also suddenly moving the plant to a different light level is not helpful. you can lose some flowers that way, so try to leave them where they are, unless there is a real need to move them. i find orchids don't like to be moved around. i have, however, repotted them in full bloom without losing flowers, as long as they go back to the same spot, same direction. phals will reach towards the window, and some people like them to stay 'balanced' looking, so they turn them around and around to keep them growing upright, which is not natural for them. they spend energy to reorient themselves, instead of growing and flowering.

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    Not a whole lot you can do. They will last as long as they will -- though in the case of phals, that is usually several months. However, that said, while the plant is in bloom, keep it (and the flowers) out of direct sunlight and keep it in a slightly cool (temps in the 60s by night and 70s by day) location if you can. The flowers of most plants -- whether those of orchids or otherwise -- generally age/wear out faster if exposed to sunlight or really warm temps.
    Good advice.

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    I always observed in cool atmosphere usually it may last even longer as compared to hot environment.

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    I don't do anything special, jus watering when necessary and some phals bloom for 6 months.

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    With cool conditions in my back bedroom i have had Phals flowering for a very long time , individual flowers for many months , the spikes keep just extending.

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    I've also read somewhere, that lower temperatures makes the flowers last longer. Otherwise, it's all down to genetics. I have a Phal that flowers often, but not for very long (about two months I think, I need to measure to be certain though), and then they all wither at the same time, and the spikes die back. I have another one, that has flowers that lasts up to 6 moths, and where new buds develop on some of the spikes for a while, before the spike finally dies back. I also have Phals. that you shouldn't even look at when they are blooming, 'cause then they'll drop some of the flowers, while others, I've knocked around, banging them into my cupboard doors, while repotting (I felt like a really bad Phal owner, when I did that).

    So, genetic seems to dictate how long the flowers have the potential to last, and how sensitive they are, while temperatures can give a nudge in the desired direction.

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