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New Phal problems for a rookie

This is a discussion on New Phal problems for a rookie within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello, I have read many of the other threads that describe similar issues but none ...

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    Bkln Angler is offline Junior Member
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    Unhappy New Phal problems for a rookie

    Hello,

    I have read many of the other threads that describe similar issues but none specifically fit my situation. I received a Phalaenopsis as a present a little more than a week ago. It had five beautiful flowers in bloom and about twelve buds. I believe it was purchased at a box store.

    The first mistake I made was misting the plant, which I did for several days on the advice of an ignorant employee at a local flower/plant shop. I then placed it in a Southwest window on a tray complete with gravel and water to humidify it. I watered the plant 5 days after receiving it. On the 7th or 8th day I noticed that several of the flowers were wilting. When I got home from work these two flowers had died and several of the buds were shriveling up as well (could this be caused by the placement and should I remove these flowers and buds?). On the 10th day (yesterday)I noticed that several of the leaves were splitting down the middle and had grown a bit brittle. When I researched this I found information that recommended searching for a black sooty mold resiulting from an aphid infestation. Though I did find something that resembles this mold, I could find no aphids and dont believe this insect to be the cause. The black spots i found resembled the dying leaf pictures posted on this site under the heading "Phal-anormal: What a phal should look like" and not the pictures i found on image searches for "aphid damage".

    Do these problems sound like they stem from a lack of humidity? Too much sun? This is my first orchid since falling in love with the species several months ago and I would hate to see it die. It is already painful enough watching this. Any help would be greatly apreciated.

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    If you have a digital camera or access to same, some pics would be helpful. As for dying flowers and/or buds....cold exposure (transporting home) might be a problem and misting flowers doesn't help. I'm sure some of the senior members will much more helpful....just some thoughts

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    I have crappy humidity and I don't have split leaves. well, maybe a few plants with tips split

    I'm not sure for the cause of split leaf tips as it does happen sometimes. I don't think it happenes because of excess sun either, as the excess sun either causes burns or wrinkled looking plants.

    I'm hypothesizing sudden spit leaves are from excess turgor pressure due to excess water, causing the leaves to become too rigid and easy to split. I have recieved a phal in the mail that had that broke in half by slight movement and it seemed the reasoning was because the leaves were overly filled with water at the time (It was also packed with moist moss).

    I was thinking of cold exposure during winter transportation could be a possible reason for the premature passing of the blooms.

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    Many split leaves are simply from mis/rough handling. They tend to get bumped or handled too much during watering and will split. I sometimes mist mine three times a day and mine have no splits. The graceful leaves simply do not like being touched by hands. The oils on ones skin doesnt always agree with them.
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    Hello Connie and friends,

    Connie, I have a newly purchased Sarah Gold phal, displayed as your ID. The open flowers and leaves look very healthy, three of the larger green flower buds also, but smaller buds are shrivelling and turning yellow. Any thoughts for me? The orchid is on my desk, gets evening exposure from a side window, I soak once a week.

    Thanks in advance
    Angessence

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    A quick change of temp mainly colder will do it to phals,I have 300 so lose the odd one with weather changes if I am not home.

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