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phal growing smaller leaves

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    need advise... my cornu cervi is growing smaller leaves than previous ones.
    and its not growing new roots. anyone???

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    Did you check if existing roots are OK?

    In most cases smaller leaves size is a sign that orchid is lacking necessary supplements, which might be due to root system is weak. maybe your plant has rotten root.


    Or if you plant otherwise is healthy, maybe it has enough light so it absorbs enough energy with that size of leaves. Plants will grow bigger size leaves to get as much light as it needed

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    I would be sure it has right light for the species and agree to check the roots for health. When was it last repotted? I have a Phal that started growing very small leaves, it is under a lot of stress from a mistake in potting it (I got it in that tight moss that they are often sold in and was too slow to repot it, then didn't have the right sort of pot and almost killed it) that damaged the roots. It is now potted correctly and is putting out very small leaves due, I think, to a lack of nutrients from the damage done to the roots. It is growing new roots (I used Kelp Max on it to stimulate root growth, other kelp based products also work well), so I expect it will recover.

    I suspect it has some sort of stress causing a lack of nutrients. It would help also to post pictures if you can, esp. let us see the new, smaller leaves, and the media it is potted in. Otherwise any other information as to how you care for it, watering, fertilizing, light, potting media, when it was last potted, etc., would help us to help you.

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    Posting a picture might help and secondly, cornu cervi requires slightly higher light level than regular phals.

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    thanks everyone i'l be checking the roots this weekend...

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