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Newly arrived phals--too yellow?

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    Default Newly arrived phals--too yellow?

    Hello--long time reader here; first question. I received a shipment of new phals yesterday. Two of them seem pretty yellow to me, not only the leaves but also the central stem. I have tried to take a picture showing the situation. Where the leaves join the central stem, they are almost as yellow as the nursery tag. The affected variety was both plants of Phal Brother Sara Gold 'Peach' HCC/AOS. The other phals that arrived were not this way.

    They are planted in clear pots and from what I can see the roots look pretty good.

    I'm looking for input as to whether this is something I can live with, or if I ought to take it up with the nursery (not that I've had much luck doing that in the past--sigh). Thanks for looking.

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    Default Yellowish Phal plants

    They look OK to me - a lot of the venosa/violacea breeding has this look. Watch for watery looking areas of different (usually darker) color as a disease symptom.

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    Your plants look fine to me. Some parts of the plants might have gotten a but more light or the plants are responding to flowering stress/hormone. They are fine. The medium looks a bit dry to me. Give them some more water, will you?
    Cheers. Hoa.

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    That is my jealous grin. Those are perfect colors. I'm no expert but they look great to me and again!!!! Beeaaaauuuutttiiiffffffuuuuuuulllllll!!!!

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    Thanks all--it is good to be reassured by those who know. And thanks for the compliment Tikva. Can't take credit for the flowers, of course, except in having the good taste to order them! :-) They have this interesting fragrance--like smoked lemon peel. And thanks for the watering suggestion Hoa--they send you their gratitude. I believe I detected a sigh of relief!

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    Hmmmm.
    I have two Phals that tend to have a lot yellower leaves than my other Phals.
    1 is Phal Brother Passat x Phal Brother Stage
    the other is Phal Orchid World "B".
    Maybe a common parent plant has contributed to the colouriation ?
    Both are fine & producing flowers.
    I have tried to lower the light levels to see if the foliage "greens up" but it seems to make little difference.
    Both have very yellow flowers & so does yours , so maybe it just a trait with how they breed to get the yellows(i mean the really striking yellows).

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    Interesting point; something along the lines of a reddish phal getting those red stripes along the sides of the leaves. Since it was yellow, though, I was wary that a major leaf drop was coming; I don't have enough plants to have seen this before.

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    Mehera,

    I can tell from the nursery tag that you bought these plants from the place I work, or at leaste the place I worked at untill a few days ago when I drew the line in the sand... anyway, I can tell you a few things about the culture this plant was recieving... It was cultivated in a greenhouse giving it too much light, they were recently moved into a darker house after the majority of stock bloomed out, due to management procrastination. Also, when these plants are watered, they use a diluted physan mixture and top water the plants three times sequentially, filling the crown with water. They say that the physan will prevent all crown rot, though I have noticed many phals develope a kind of necrosis on the side of the terminal growth, I cant say for sure what causes this but I know it usually starts with the central base of the plant. One thing about the media it is growing in; That nursery doesn't beleive in removing old media from the roots when repotting. When the plants outgrows its pot, they pull it out, wrap more moss around it and pack it into another pot. This I think is to not only save the money on new zealand sphagnum, but also to disguise older rotten roots. Maybe a good repotting is in order seeing as the moss in the core of the plant has been there from the seedling stage. Hope this helps.

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    Wow. Well that certainly is illuminating. And ominous. I will look further into the root situation today. Thank you very much!

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