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help with my phal

This is a discussion on help with my phal within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; i have like 6 phals that i bought a few weeks ago. most of them ...

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    i have like 6 phals that i bought a few weeks ago. most of them as of now are actively growing (new leaves and roots). but yesterday i noticed one of them had leaves that kinda softened and today when i checked, it looked like this.

    im not sure if it was from too much sun or less water since the bench where i put them is like really getting a lot of sun (especially afternoon) but not direct but it sits less than a feet of direct sun. and i water once to twice a day but if i water just once in the morning, the medium is dry in the afternoon...
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    It looks like sun or heat burn to me. Also the plants leaves look a little wrinkly like the plant is not getting enough water. Even if there is not direct sun, if there is a lot of heat the plant can still burn. Once damage occurs you can't do much about it other than wait for new leaves and prevent further damage.

    I had this happen to a couple of my plants this summer when we had temperatures over 100 degrees. This is unusual where I live. The heat from the fluorescent lights and the hot temperatures combined and gave a couple nasty burns to my Phal. pallens. Fortunately the plant is a weed and didn't skip a beat-it looks ugly, though.

    Susan

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    raymond
    thats definitely a bad case of sun burn , personally i'd cut it before it gets fungus and
    spread. anyways phals dont like sun so just place them somewhere where they can get
    enough light with no sun. Anyways I assume that the coco husk your using has been soaked
    before use (but from the look of it, it seems that you haven't), otherwise it wont be able
    to absorb much water and when you water it it'll just drain out without absorbing much.
    Anyways i wouldn't water it everyday in that media. Maybe 3x a week at the most depending on the
    weather, but id aim for 2x. Good luck

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    hi raymond,
    i agree with randy. seems like you did a nice job of potting em, and the way you did it dont water more than twice a week when its really hot, otherwise once per week. get em into more shades and cooler spot.

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    thanks guys for the replies...

    i transferred them already to a shadier location... i think it was getting intense sun even though it was not direct.

    as for the coconut husk, i didnt soak them. how long should i soak them?

    raymund

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    Hi Raymond! Set the whole pot into a bucket of water just deep enough to cover all the coconut husk. Let it soak 20 or 30 minutes this first time, then the next ime you can soak for 10 minutes and it should hold sufficient water to last a week.

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    yep what cindi said, you dont have to take it off the pot as you did a really good job
    potting it. Good luck.

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    thanks guys. will start to soak weekly. thanks....

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