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New Grower - phalaenopsis needs feedback from veteran growes

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    How often to water is a learning process. A lot of people say it is time to water when the medium is almost dry. Just stick you finger in the medium to see how wet it feels. If it is still damp you can wait another day to water. It is better to wait one more day and check again. You have gotten some great advice. I hope this helps also. Bud

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    If you want water in the outer pot for humidity, put sand in it to keep your orchid pot up out of the water. Sitting in water will likely cause root rot. I can say that Phals can adjust to low humidity and do just fine, mine do! Chances are any humidity gained from letting it sit with water under it will just dissipate into the room anyway though. As you get the balance of watering and letting it dry out right, you will be well on your way to being able to grow Phals successfully.

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    Thanks for all the replies,

    After sometime I can actually see all the roots green and healthy but the top of the stem is turning to orange I have a photo of it what is the reason for this any ideas?

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    It is an expired flower spike and will continue to die off. This is normal. Some wait till it is completely brown to remove. I generally just take it off when like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    It is an expired flower spike and will continue to die off. This is normal. Some wait till it is completely brown to remove. I generally just take it off when like this.
    Should I cut from it all off or just the browning part?

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    Wait for the spike to dry out completely.

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    You will cut it off down near the stem leaving about 1/2 inch of the spike. You don't want to damage the main stem.

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    Sometimes I leave the dry flower spikes if they help keeping the plant in a fixed position, when it's steady enough in the pot I'll cut them. Keeping dry parts doesn't hurt the plant. Imagine how they grow in nature, no one cuts their spikes to 1-2 inches, it just breaks probably or smth )) and they still managed to outlive the dinosaurs without a guardian angel applying sphagnum moss to their roots, cutting dry flower spikes or misting them endlessly

    Also, check the reaction of the wrinkled leaves on watering. If watering is insufficient and the roots are fine, the leaves will get nice and smooth in about a days after watering, then you should water it slightly more often, when you see the first signs of wrinkling appear. But I doubt that's your case tbh.
    If the roots are damaged (rotten, not enough healthy working roots to support the plant), then you shouldn't water it more often as it would only help the roots rot more.
    The bark looks great, not too fine, the pot has ventilation holes which is great too, so I agree with the comments above: just give your orchid some time and it'll be fine.

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    Hello All,

    My phalaenopsis just started to grow andother leaf, I guess it now has enough roots to carry on with growing process;

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    Thanks for all your advise, I water my plant every 7 - 9 days according to the weight and dryness. Phalenopsis can tell you a lot about what it needs, you just need to look

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