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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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    krm_82 - You were right to cut back the spike. Phals will sometime rebloom or will branch and bloom, or keiki from an existing spike, but when a plant is in stress, you don't care about blooms. Give the plants time to recover and put out new spikes. Then, when you have a healthy plant with a bloom spike, after the flowers fall, you can cut the spike back to above the first viable node below the flowers. It may rebloom, branch or keiki. It may also decide to just die back. Good Luck - and believe me you aren't the only one with memory problems. LOL

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    You did the right thing by removing the spike. Let the plant heal. It is amazing how much stress some of these orchids can take. I hope they recover for you.

    And like Diane are not alone in the memory problem area. I still have a bag full of bulbs that I bought over two weeks ago sitting on the counter. They were supposed to be planted already. I never remember until it is dark out and then it is too late.


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    Add another one to the brain fade list , I have 3 plants I bought 2 weeks ago for the yard sitting in pots ---- still . Gin

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