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phal orchid lost all of its leaves

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    My phal orchid lost all of its leaves and the rooms are all squishy and dead. I need help on what to do I want to save it but I am not sure where to start. My other phal is producing new leaves but the stem is dead. What can I do to help these plants?
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    First pull them out of their pots and see what you have. Is there any live tissue in the dead one? Is the stem you are talking about on the other one the main stem of the plant or the blooming stem? If its the main stem of the plant, does it have any live roots? Live roots will be white and plump, dead ones will be squishy and icky. I'm hoping you can get some pictures...

    It won't hurt either one of them to be pulled out of the pot and allowed to dry out while you get a diagnosis. It doesn't sound at all good for the one that has lost its leaves and pretty iffy for the other one. I'm sorry I didn't realize they were having so much trouble from your other posts.

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    Thank you. I will try to get some pictures up tomorrow. The one that is producing new leaves has about 4 green plump roots that look very healthy. The stem had blooms when I purchased the orchid. There is no other stem just 5 to 6 green leaves and the roots.
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    I agree it sounds as if your leafless phal is beyond help. Remove it from it's medium and see if it has any living roots. If it does plant it in new medium and see if it will produce a new off shoot. The second plant sounds fine if the dead stem you are referring to is an old bloom stalk. If it is a dead bloom stalk remove it. New leafs are a sign that the plant is healthy. Chech to see how the roots are. Remove any dead ones and repot. Watch your watering. More phals are lost to over watering than under watering. Good luck!

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    Thank you so much for the help I will watch the watering more carefully and hopefully rescue my flowers before its to late. I appreciate all the advice.
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    overwatering? the death of phals! Let them dry out before watering, especially in the fall. Only when they are dry between waterings and have night temps around 60 will they start to spike.

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    Thank you for all your help. I am letting it dry now and will water it less often. I appreciate all the advice I have been given.

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    I just wanted to add that you have to be sure and not get water into the crown or it will rot. I found this out with my first plant the hard way.

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    I took a few photos of the orchid that still has leaves. I am afraid to cut anything on it until I know what I am actually dealing with. Please help me so I can save my plant. I really don't want to hurt my flower. Thank you for the advice. I can not get the photos to load though. I am not sure how this site works for uploads. I clicked on the picture link and selected my file but it will not upload. Please help and thank you in advance!

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    Probably need to resize your photos: Image Editor for OrchidTalk - OrchidTalk Orchid Forums - Grow Orchids!

    700 px x 700 px at 72 DPI is maximum size for upload for images.


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