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    Hi, we have had so much rain here and my white phalaenopsis plant, with a new spike of buds rotted about half way up the spike. Well, it looked more like something had eaten the core of the stalk for about a quarter of an inch, it looked transparent, and it collapsed. I cut it off about an inch lower. No insect/bug was noticeable. They are inside now, and none of the other phals were affected. The plant looks like a new spike is emerging from the other side of the plant. I was so disappointed but it taught me a lesson. The plant looks fine and healthy so hopefully it will flower. It should, I can't kill phalaenopsis, lol.
    We have had a few very cold mornings/days for this part of the country, colder than normal.

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    Sorry to hear this Noela. Hopefully the plant will be alright and bloom for you. On this side of the world we are getting hotter and hotter. Today it got up to 91 F here by 2:00 pm or so with little wind now that the storms have blown past us. I am waiting for it to cool off a bit so I can go and water the outside plants.

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    The same thing just happened to me, but with a lot of plants (15?). We live in Hong Kong and it rains like nowhere else on Earth. These were newly repotted plants and I had left them on the ground instead of hanging them up with the others. Should I re-repot them (they are in moss, as they were when I got them)? Or just put them in the dry and hope for the best? They have gone from being nice healthy looking plants to a soggy mess, and now just roots (the leaves just fell off). I'm so sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by antoniahk View Post
    The same thing just happened to me, but with a lot of plants (15?). We live in Hong Kong and it rains like nowhere else on Earth. These were newly repotted plants and I had left them on the ground instead of hanging them up with the others. Should I re-repot them (they are in moss, as they were when I got them)? Or just put them in the dry and hope for the best? They have gone from being nice healthy looking plants to a soggy mess, and now just roots (the leaves just fell off). I'm so sad...
    You need to repot if the leaves have fallen off due to root rot, you may not be able to save them. When you repot, you will want to place them in a low light area until they re-grow some leaves. What type of orchid do you have? Are they all the same? I wish you good luck & welcome to OrchidTalk.

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    Thank you! The soggy ones are mostly regular Phalaenopsis, plus 3 mini ones. All new ones I only got a couple of months ago, so I will be sad if they die. I just took them out of their pots, and most of the roots look ok, it seems to be just the leaves that have completely collapsed (not exactly rotted, they just look as if they had frozen and defrosted, if you see what I mean). I will repot tomorrow, and see what happens. Thanks!

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    If you have some regular 3% hydrogen peroxide handy, you can pour it into the crowns of the phals losing leaves. Let it bubble really good and then dry off with a paper towel. I twist one corner for the tiny areas. The twisted paper towel corner soaks up nearly all the water in a crown or if you accidentally get water in a sheath. Good Luck!

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    I like your magpie, Maggie; they are my favorite bird to paint. Hope your phal is OK.

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    sorry to hear about the plants Noela... I fully understand.. in fact yesterday whilst driving home from work totally stressed out and we've had so much rain here that I started swearing at the rain once it was all out, I did apologise to the rain for swearing though! (yes I am a little strange maybe)

    oh and I've lost plants (cymbids that were out in the rain the past couple of weeks)

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    Plants are doing fine - we have had showers almost every day, really just sprinkles most days, so the plants are enjoying it. The spike that lost its buds [first post this thread], well the spike is still green, so hopefully it is going to rebloom.
    I will keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie View Post
    Plants are doing fine - we have had showers almost every day, really just sprinkles most days, so the plants are enjoying it. The spike that lost its buds [first post this thread], well the spike is still green, so hopefully it is going to rebloom.
    I will keep you posted.

    Cool! It is is still green, then you will probably see some new buds start to form on it before too long. This is good news, Noela.

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