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Rescue Phals aka The Three Stooges

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    Default Rescue Phals aka The Three Stooges

    I thought for a joke I'd nickname these; Larry, Mo' and Curly. I rescue phals from my buddy because he murdolates them something awful now! I picked a few that looked "save-able" and applied my new potting methods.

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    I wasn't aware phal spikes could grow flowers and keikei's at the same time, but the last one had me scratching my head!

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    I'll update these as they go....
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    Good luck Connie!

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    hi connie! how do you pot them exactly? my phals seem to flounder too and i always wind up in a "save them" situation. i can't really decide what it is that i am doing wrong. just curious to see what medium you use. i'm tempted to believe that i underwater, as the plants that i have that do fine with less water don't behave so badly. hope they make a beautiful recovery for you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    hi connie! how do you pot them exactly? my phals seem to flounder too and i always wind up in a "save them" situation. i can't really decide what it is that i am doing wrong. just curious to see what medium you use. i'm tempted to believe that i underwater, as the plants that i have that do fine with less water don't behave so badly. hope they make a beautiful recovery for you!
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    Feel free to post a picture through the advanced reply...I'd love to see what they look like. These phals, were overwatered then underwatered. I know they look terrible but they'll perk up soon.

    First, if you have issues...underwatering; use plastic pots and a smaller grade potting medium. I make my own now...first try to understand what your conditions are and then pattern your potting to your habits. It works way better than doing the standard thing.

    I'm an Overwater heavy handed gal, so; I use clay pots with large "air pockets" at the bottom and a layered mix. I make air pockets out of left over stuff...packing peanuts, broken up chunks of styrofoam, rocks, shells (properly bleached and cleaned to remove salts), just about anything I can find laying around. (The bottoms of my other plants are like garbage bins! But you'd be amazed what a few banana peels will do for a growing plant, egg shells, shredded paper....go organic!) The layer around/above the air pocket I use just bark, then when I shake that to settle it, I add something to hold moisture. I found a Phalaenopsis potting mix that works great for this part because it's really a water holder. Then for the final layer I use some more bark that I used below.

    Second; Depending on what "soaks" you've used in repotting, I sometimes soak my bark, or potting media if there were bugs, bacteria, fungus, rot, etc. in whatever I used on the plant. I also soak my pots, even the clean ones, as well with this soak. It's a great way to help the plant fight whatever ails it.

    Overall; sometimes a dehydrated plant just needs a morning misting and a humidity tray under them. Also; pay attention to what the plant was in when you got it. Some of the fussier phals, the mini's and the species, really are particular about what they put their feet in...so to speak.

    I hope all this helps...I love rescuing Phals and for those of you that are trying I hope this helps. Read older posts for more hints at things like Hydrogen Peroxide, Cinnamon and other natural helpers that will keep your pests and infections from killing your phals.

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    Connie, I'm sure Larry, Mo, and Curly are happy to be under your care. Be sure to post pictures when they reward you with beautiful blooms

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    I decided to leave the plant with the buds and keikei alone. I soaked it good, you never know what you'll find in some of those phals. But for the most part, since it was falling over, I just put it in a clay pot and left well enough alone. I really didn't pay much attention at the time, but here it is...a little flower. It suprised me as I wasn't really thinking it would bloom. I figured the buds would blast...but here it is. If the others' bloom too it'll be cute....four flowers and a keikei. How is that possible??

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    Thought I would update the rescues progress. Usually out of three rescues I lose at least two....for some reason they all seem to be thriving! Guess I did something right this time. lol The first plant, I call mini-me, had a hidden flower spike that did a u-turn and grew sideways instead of up. The keikei is also growing and still doing well atop the vertical spike.

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    I decided to leave the keikei alone since it was growing two spikes. The mother plant had 4, but one didn't quite do well so now it has three. The fourth spike, however, is trying to grow a new branch!!! Some phals don't know that they aren't supposed to spike like this I guess...

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    The third plant also decided to spike finally. I was suprised, but it put out two. I keep checking each plant carefully, but so far the leaves are firm and there are no new problems. Guess I was right to leave them alone and let them carry on with the spikes.

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    Nice blooms, Connie. I'm glad to see all three are doing well.

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    that flower is so cute!!! nice job saving those guys, very satisfying!

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    Wow Connie greaat job. They have really perked up in just a little over a month! And the bloom is lovely, I'm most impressed with the color combo. I'm always fascinated by the mix of colors on orchids. They wear combos that we as humans would never think of putting together, but on them it looks tremendous. Congrats!

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