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Bit of a conundrum here w/ abused phal

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    Default Bit of a conundrum here w/ abused phal

    Okay this won't be a pretty sight but here's the long drawn out story.

    A buddy of mine gave me a phal of his when I moved that I always liked -- red spotted, nice deep yellow flowers that didn't seem to fade as many yellows do. It was a cross he had made [and named after his daughter]. Well the leaves started looking rather pitted [only on the upper surface] and generally cruddy. After what was probably too long, I wiped the leaves with a alcohol soaked cotton ball. A reddish residue came away on the cotton. Didn't look like any sort of mite so assumed it was a fungus -- perhaps rust. So I sprayed him down with Bayer's systemic fungicide/insecticide. The friend who gave me the plant had mentioned that he found it useful to use on orchids. Shortly thereafter, the phal lost every leaf. Now whether this was due to the systemic or whatever the ailment was or both I don't know. The stem however was still green which gave me hope that it would "live again".

    New growth is now in evidence. And here's where we hit conundrum city .........

    As you can see, there appear to be about 6 new leads all starting in one small area. Will such a tight cluster prove problematinc? Should I eliminate some of them so those remaining will have more room? Should I leave them all & see if any abort on their own?

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    no dont eliminate any .in time you will have the best plant in your collection due to it having multipul leads

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    Wow! that looks weird.. I have no Idea what would be the best sollution. But since you can't divide them when they grow bigger my guess would be that they are really gonna compete for that space - unless the strongest one wipes out the weaker... Perhaps they will develop as keikis and you will be able to divide them after all. LoL who knows
    Being the mad scientist that I am I would probably let them grow and see what happens, if the plant(s) look(s) unhappy you could cut the smaller growths later.


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    I would leave them they are basal keikies , when larger they will have thier own root system .. Watch the kids for mites if you see any wash them off and use Safers insect soap , I have used Bayers with no trouble , just be sure nothing wet sits in thier crowns . T paper works Good Luck with them . Gin

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    Good luck with the little babies, and keep us posted on this thread. It's always good to see how things turn out. Quite a learning experience for some of us too....

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    Yes, leave them be and keep the crowns clear of standing water. You are lucky that this is coming back so nicely.


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