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oh no! what have I done?

This is a discussion on oh no! what have I done? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; About a month ago I decided to rearrange our laundry room. One entire wall is ...

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    krm_82 is offline Junior Member
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    Question oh no! what have I done?

    About a month ago I decided to rearrange our laundry room. One entire wall is made up entirely of glass... a HUGE sliding glass door that opens from either side. I usually keep my phalaenopsis lined up on a tall bench at the side we don't open very often. Well, since I didn't want them to get knocked over and/or damaged as I thrashed around and threw stuff out the door I put them outside (it was dark). Since I was piling stuff all over the porch I thought it would be wise to put them way at the other end on top of a storage closet type thing, where they'd be safe. Unfortunately I didn't take into consideration my total lack of brain cells in the memory department and left them outsidein the baking hot sun for 2 or 3 days! I thought they were total gone'rs but they're starting to grow new little leaves and new roots are forming at the tip of old roots. My question is, I cut the dead, dried out, browned flower spike to the base and I thought maybe that was a bad idea. I've always had cymbidiums and this is my first year with phalaenopsis. Someone told me not to ever cut the spike, even after flowers fade and fall. At the time I thought this might be an exception, but now I don't know. What should I do now?

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    WolfinKW is offline Wolf - I bite but only when asked.
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    you did the right thing. A healthy phal can rebloom from the old spike, however, if you want to help the plant grow bigger cut the spike back so that it will spend more energy on plant growth.


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    I cooked a bunch of mine during a move , it took awhile but they did recover , I am sure yours will too . Gin

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