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Phals drooping

This is a discussion on Phals drooping within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Help please! The blooms on 2 of my phals are drooping and look sooooo sad ...

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    Unhappy Phals drooping

    Help please!

    The blooms on 2 of my phals are drooping and look sooooo sad and I'm not sure what to do or even if this is normal. I'm a newbie at this and haven't had either phal more than a month. They are different locations (home and office) and I water when they are light with a good soaking and then let them drain.

    Please, what am I doing wrong???

    Thanks

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    Nothing, I think flowers just weigh too much. Get a stake and train the spike (structure holding the blooms) to stand up straight.

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    They could be failing or at the end of their bloom cycle. Some phals don't have a 3 month long bloom cycle. Or they could be having issues with humidity. Check the roots to make sure that they did not come with a case of rot. (Which will get worse until you repot in new media). I've got a Hilo Lip that put out a great spike, the first bloom opened and then the rest blasted... it happens some time.

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    It sounds normal for one or 2 blooms at a time to get droopy it means they are done . If all did it at once I would be concerned .
    Diane you have a Hilo Lip! I have heard they can be a real pain to grow , you did well to get a spike Gin

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    Nanci,

    If you can post pictures, it will be easier to diagnose the trouble. If the flowers are done, or they've blasted (sudden change of conditions), you're ok. But, if as Diane suggested, the roots are rotting, you'll want to deal with it quickly in order to save the plant.

    Julie

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    Talking Thanks everyone

    Thank you everyone for the advice. Its only one bloom on each spike so apparently they are spent. I'll keep a close eye on both plants and if necessary keep you posted. Unfortunately I don't have my camera with me today so I can't post photos.

    Nanci

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    It's okay if flowers get droopy even before expected time. It's normal for new plants. As long as the leaves are firm and hard, then the plant is happy and will produce future spikes.

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