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Phrag help!!!! please

This is a discussion on Phrag help!!!! please within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; the end of the leaves on my phrag are turning brown the remainder of the ...

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    Unhappy Phrag help!!!! please

    the end of the leaves on my phrag are turning brown
    the remainder of the leaves do not seem to be too green or too pale
    i water it enogh to keep the potting medium always moist...and it sits in a saucer of water. i fertilize it weakly/weekly

    its in a humidity bath under 4 argosun 40watt bulbs that work well for my phals, oncidium, and minicattlyas
    its all the way to the end of the buld and is thus not getting the full dose of light
    any thoughts

    thanks a bunch

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    Is it all the leaves, or just a couple? Have you changed anything about it recently - light, water, medium or fertilizer? How long have you had it? I've gotten a couple of brown tips on some of mine occaisionally - I burned them when I moved them to show off the blooms....

    PS to the forum. There are people here who are much more expert than I am, so check back frequently for their input.

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    Salt build up.
    Water p/h to high.
    To much fert.
    1 of these the most likely cause.
    I fertilise my Phrags on Sundays & during the week they get rainwater which has the p/h reduced to between 6.0 & 5.5.This has greatly reduced the tendency for the leaf tips to go brown.
    Repotting has caused brown tips.Most of my Phrags can take highish light , about the same as Catts without to much problems.

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    Hi bel, welcome to the forum....

    As per quickfingers Steve... I say fertiliser burn too... esp if the plants are sitting in saucer of water.. even a weak solution that is draining onto a saucer will mean that as the water drains onto it and then some of that water evaporates or is taken up by the plant, those said fertilisers will start to accumulate on the saucer..

    so make sure you flush out pot and saucer and in future when u water/fert don't let that run into the saucer.


    ps good luck with the slippers... my fave...

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    phrags in general are very sensitive to fertilizer. I'd water it with pure water, wait an hour, and water it again to flush out all the salts. repeat that a few times and then go back to a little fertilizer, and see if that doesn't solve the problem.

    of the ones I've grown, besseae is the most resentful of fertilizer. richteri also hates a rich diet.

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