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    Hi, my Phal seems to be doing well after I had gotten rid of the little bugs a couple of months ago and repotting it. I don't know if I didn't pack the medium tight enough but it seems as time goes by, my orchid is growing to the side. And its not because there are a lot of roots. The leaf that is standing up in the center is a new leaf that should be growing to the left. Is it normal for this to happen? Do I need to repot? I'm hesitant because i lost a lot of roots not long ago. Please help. Thanks.
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    They kind of grow how they want. There is little you can do without stressing the plant. There is nothing wrong with it 'leaning'. I have a phal that grows at about a 45 degree angle from the pot. It gives it character!

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    Oh, Ok.....I'm a new grower so I didn't know. I thought I had done something wrong. Thanks so much!

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    You orchid looks healthy to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    You orchid looks healthy to me!
    Thank you!

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    He is behaving like that looking for the source of light if he received from the right it will follow to the right the aim is to get photosynthesis, very healthy and nice plant.

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    Concur with Harvey and Zainal. Plant looks in great shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksriramkumar View Post
    Concur with Harvey and Zainal. Plant looks in great shape.
    Thank you all for your input.

    It only has one aerial root and doesn't have much roots on the bottom yet. I've transplanted it 3 times in the past year and a half for various reasons and lost roots but I see 3 main ones through the pot. I don't think its leaning because of light....the plant was situated where it had even light and I even turn it each day. I suspect the orchid was at a tiny bit of an angle when i transplanted it and the material I used is very loose.

    I'd be curious to see what happens when it flowers again.....which way will the spike grow? Well, I see no sign of spikes yet....it might be in its growing stage. I was concerned at one point because the leaves were getting wrinkled....is that from lack of water?

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    When the spike does begin, it is recommended that you not rotate the plant for the light. It causes the spike to be twisted and can affect the alignment of the flowers. Let it grow, likely toward the light in my limited experience.

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    Guess what? I just watered my orchid and I noticed there is a little nob growing from the plant......either an aerial root or spike! It'll be interesting to see what comes up. I guess she's doing well.

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