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Phalaenopsis trouble

This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis trouble within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Truthfully after looking at the pictures, those roots don't look bad at all, and the ...

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    Truthfully after looking at the pictures, those roots don't look bad at all, and the leaves look very nice. I can't see any black or fungal growth. The roots sticking out are aerial roots and are fine. The medium that it's in looks fine too. Have you ever heard of the skewer method? Get a bamboo skewer that you'd use to make ka-bobs out of. Use that to test the levels of moisture in your medium. If you pull the skewer out and it appears wet, wait a day or so before watering. Remember Phals like moist medium, but not soppy. The only thing that I can see wrong is that the plant is too small for the pot. Your're doing great with this plant!

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    Do you mist the plant? I can see salt residue on the leaves...

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    In my humble opinion, this is what your problem was:
    " and knowing that clay pots tend to suck the moisture out of plants, I lined the pot with a zip lock bag, despite the warnings to let it drain."
    The plants do not look bad from your pics, but if you have them in a pot with no drainage, you are asking for rotten roots again. All will seem well for a while , but the medium staying constantly wet will rot what roots manage to grow down it it, plus roots need air .
    For Alaskan growing I would use sphagnum moss , not packed tightly but with styrofoam peanuts mixed in to keep the moss from compacting, and staying to damp.
    Also, with 24 hours of daylight, constant temps..I would think that would make them hard to rebloom. Phals need the natural light time difference between summer and winter, and a 10 degree temp drop in the fall to iniate spikes.
    Good Luck !

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    I did take the zip lock out and the pot that it is in now has lots of drainage. I was misting, but now I am doing the "water when drying out". I put it in the sink and run a bunch of water through it, and then let it drain. I think the residue is from the water being hard and having lots of minerals in it. In the summer there is quite a bit of light, but with shades it should be ok. I think. The other thing is the temp change, which won't be problem when it warms up because you can open and close windows.
    I was concerned because one of the inner leaves was starting to be soft and getting some wrinkles on it. (the picture is a little over exposed.) Is that caused by too much light? I have the plant light pretty close... how close should the light be to the plant?

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    I would back off on the light some. You said it was 6" from the plant. Phals are low light plants. I'm assuming it's very dry there now, so I would definitely add a pebble tray with water in it under the pot to increase the humidity and maybe invest in a cold air humidifier. Do not let the pot sit in water make sure that it is above the water line in the pebble tray. I would not bag the plant at this stage, it seems that it has sufficient roots to sustain it. Just raise the humidity around the plant, and decrease the light a little and it should be ok. It really looks pretty good.

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    I'm not sure but I think the shriveled leave is just caused by old age. The oldest leaf on my phal looks like that , it's curled and very thin. It's been that way for a while but the plant seems to be doing fine. I assume that eventually the leaf will dry up completely.
    I'm no expert but you're new growth looks great to me which I would take to mean that the plant is healthy despite your misfortune with the buds.
    Good luck, I hope it blooms for you soon.

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    This has happened me as well as many others as exampled by the above posts. Phal buds will blast almost everytime when exposed to dignificantly cooler/colder temps. The color description you gave of yellow/orange and then drying up and falling off sounds laike blast to me. I've even had a single bud blast on an otherwise healthy blooming plant, if it gets drafts of temp change (cold)air. They don't like the change! Just my 2c worth.

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    Smile IT FINALLY BLOOMED

    Yeah my orchid finally bloomed. In the summer too. It only has two buds, but I am satisfied with that.
    I re-potted it AGAIN, and washed all the root rot out, then cut the spike back and low and behold it decided it wanted to bloom!
    Yeah!
    Thanks for all your advice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janelle View Post
    Yeah my orchid finally bloomed. In the summer too. It only has two buds, but I am satisfied with that.
    I re-potted it AGAIN, and washed all the root rot out, then cut the spike back and low and behold it decided it wanted to bloom!
    Yeah!
    Thanks for all your advice!
    That is awesome!! Congratulations!

    Cheers,
    BD

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