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    Unhappy So frustrated!!!

    Another Phal down the drain. My P. Nobby's Amy. I'm just so sad and frustrated! It seems to have gotten crown rot. the roots are pretty great, but the leaves fell off and down inside the stem is all moldy. I don't get how the roots can hold so well and be so healthy when the stem is rotted and moldy.
    I am DONE with spagh. planting of any kind and I will NOT be one to overwater any orchid again! I didn't think I was before. I still think it's the lack of sun around this place. And all the RAIN! So I have a ceiling fan where my orchids are. Should I have it on for a few hours a day? I was afraid it would dry them out too much. I can't seem to get it right and I hope I will be able to switch over to S/H growing sometime soon. I hope that maybe that's the answer to my too wet or too dry impass.
    My husband is going to come home and see that there is lots of space in the dining room and I think that will please him just as much (ie. not at all) as how quickly it filled up... he's going to tell me what I am becoming convinced of - that maybe orchid growing isn't for me.
    So, do I sort of quit? Do I fight for a move to Florida or Hawaii?
    I am so completely upset and frustrated with myself for having an obsession that I can't fulfill.
    OK, rant over. Moving on.
    *anyone for some spiked coffee?*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikva
    So, do I sort of quit? Do I fight for a move to Florida or Hawaii?
    I am so completely upset and frustrated with myself for having an obsession that I can't fulfill.
    OK, rant over. Moving on.
    *anyone for some spiked coffee?*
    It's part of the cycle of learning. I wouldn't move to Florida, and no jobs in Hawaii - so how about just trying again? Crown rot in Phals comes from water getting into the crown, not overwatering in general. When I water my phals I aways pick them up and tip them slightly, and blow into the crown to make sure no water is there. Try another one, a cheap one from one of the grocery or home stores. water like you normally do, then pick it up and look into the crown. If there is any water in the crown you should remove it (the water....) The ceiling fan wouldn't hurt either. I have a fan than runs on a timer in one of my damper growing areas.

    And yes, I'd LOVE a cup of spiked coffee!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikva
    *anyone for some spiked coffee?*
    Count me in!

    Seriously, like Diane said, don't give up. When you get the new phal, be sure to repot it the day you get it and make sure it has good roots. You can do it Tikva! Hugs!

    Cheers!
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    Pass the spiked coffee!!! What's wrong with Florida?
    I just chucked out a Phal that I have had since I moved here, dead from crown rot. Go figure! No matter how long we do this we still have failures and I have had my share, Keeps us HUMBLE!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molly Taco
    Pass the spiked coffee!!! What's wrong with Florida?
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    Well, I don't know if Wolf has posted recently, but he moved from Key West after 3 or 4 hurricanes in a row.... moved to VEGAS! Florida is just too humid for me, I like to visit, though. I think the "thick" air bothers my asthma...

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    We moved from the eastern shore of MD can't get any more humid than that. Key west is another story, one way on and one way off.
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    Tikva,
    This rain is never ending! I think I am going to start working on my ark and sail away to the sunny land! I have been watering 1/week and still it is probably too often. When you repot you new phal, make sure that is not too deep into your growing mix. I like to see the top roots just at the level of the mix. Also, when the blowing and tipping to get the water out from the crown is too cumbersome I use a tissue folded into wedge. I keep my fan on all the time, and the windows open when above 55 deg. You should have enough air circulation so the leaves move slightly. Aim the van at the wall to disperse the air movement gently, and not directly at the plants. The ceiling fans are great. Mine died after 5 years. Now I need to get a new one and convince my hubby that he can replace it.

    BTW, are your kids too going crazy with yet another day indoors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane
    Crown rot in Phals comes from water getting into the crown, not overwatering in general. When I water my phals I aways pick them up and tip them slightly, and blow into the crown to make sure no water is there.

    That is advice going in my "Things I'm Learning as a Newbie" notes. I'm going to pass them on to newbies LOL. Who would have thought Phals need to be sealed at the top to keep water out :c)

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    Default Put the tag in that special drawer

    Something I learned while visiting with Julie and Lisa at Dartmouth is, that an orchid-holic is not truly an obsessive orchid-holic until they have a few dead plants under their belt. Evidently there is a special drawer that one has, where they keep the tags of the dearly departed...some may even make them into fetishes like horsie people do when one of their horses pass on. One thing is evident though and makes perfect sense. When an orchid in your collection dies, that means that there is just one more space for you to put a replacement. True, it isn't quite the same as the one that just passed on...but now at least you don't have to make that difficult decision as to which one of the cats you'll have to kick outside so you can have its space on the windowsill for your plants.

    And I'll have my coffe with some Kentucky Bourbon, please! Some Basil Haydens would do as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diane
    Crown rot in Phals comes from water getting into the crown, not overwatering in general. When I water my phals I aways pick them up and tip them slightly, and blow into the crown to make sure no water is there.

    That is advice going in my "Things I'm Learning as a Newbie" notes. Who would have thought Phals need to be sealed at the top to keep water out :c)

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