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Photo Journal of Rescue Phal!

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    Default Photo Journal of Rescue Phal!

    I see this is where Members post photos of the Orchids they grow. I decided I should start my own now since my Rescue Phal seems to be extremely happy and I think I am going to be able to maintain this level of growth over the summer no prob! I am looking forward to the cooler temps so I can see if I can get her to bloom again!

    As some of you know, we moved and now my orchid has a West facing window for light instead of the East we're used to. I wanted to show the area where I move her when it is evening and the sun is setting. I am thinking about just leaving her there all the time because it is a low light plant after all.

    OK this is my Orchid as of today, July 22, 2014
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    I move the pot onto the Jewelry Box around 4 o clock every afternoon for now cuz I have yet to make the sheers for that room. The window is 71 inches across on the inside and about 34 inches high. So it does let in a lot of bright, indirect light all, day. The Phal is loving it so far, and when I make the sheers I will leave it on the Buffet that you see there under the window sill.
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    You can see her colors here very well. The roots are just growing like crazy, and the bark is drying out between. These pics were taken on the day b4 I plan to water. So, YES I know the bark is dry and she is ready for a dunking LOL
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    I noticed these two new roots this morning when I was talking to her and taking her pics! LOL Yes I talk to my plants like they are my pets or babies!
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    I am still debating trying to repot into a slightly bigger/deeper pot. I can't seem to get her secure in this one. Like now, she has to be staked to be standing up.

    I know they tend to be top heavy, nothing to be done about that. This is why you see the bottom of the pot is in a ceramic dish one of my kids made in school many years ago! That is to keep the pot from tipping over as the bark dries out!

    OK that is all I have to show for now. I may post the ones I have been taking since I got her back when I 1st joined the forum.

    Have a great day!!
    Tammy

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    Your plant looks great! As it is doing well, I would not repot it, you will set it back and damage your happy new root. What will hold your plant firmly in the pot is more roots so just let it grow some, keep it staked for now. The more you move them around, the more you end up wobbly. Sometimes the plant needs to be moved, but until then, be very conservative in repotting it. You might be able to pack the media in a little more firmly, but do I remember that your rescue only really has one good root? If so, its not going to be firm until the others grow in.

    I've started putting some of my top heavy plants into heavy ceramic pots (preferably the ones with drain holes all over for good air circulation) to keep them from being knocked over, its a useful idea. I water them, let them drain and put them in the display pot. Some of them have gravel on the bottom of the display pot too, to keep them from accidentally sitting in water.

    I talk to my plants too.

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    Thanks! Actually this plant has many good roots! I had to remove a bunch when I got it, but it was rootbound already at the time. I'll leave it be and let the roots continue to fill the pot again! Once I get the sheers I'll leave it on the Buffet. For now, so I wont forget and let it burn, I'll leave it on the jewelry box! :-D
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    I don't know if your lovely plant really counts as a "rescue", though I realize it was homeless. Here is my longest term rescue project, its been around 3? years now and has really recovered (I need after pictures, but haven't taken any for a long time). It hasn't bloomed yet though and I was told it was a vibrant, electric pink. Somehow I need to get it to bloom this year! All those leaves slowly died as it grew new ones and it did put out a keiki that my daughter has, it hasn't bloomed yet either.
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    That is awesome!!! The one I call rescue was being slowly drowned at a local supermarket. It had a lot of rotten roots and I repotted and am so happy it is thriving. The 2 I had before it, looked a lot like the pic you posted. They lost all their roots. They never came back. I am really happy for ya!!!

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    Rescue projects are a diversion from the day to day routine of orchid care I think. The hope of new growth be it root or leaf is quite rewarding when realized. And knowing that the plant would be mulch if not for you as well is a nice pay-off.

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    And I agree with Carol, I wouldn't disturb the new root growth now. I'd let the orchid take care of the anchoring. Just give it a couple of stakes to position it they way you want it in the pot. In a few months, the stakes could be removed.
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    Got some sheers made and in place now, but I'm still leaving it just outside of direct sunlight. The sheers provide some protection, but I am concerned it wouldn't be enough. Here is a pic of the sheers and where my Phal sits...

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    This is the corner where I have the phal. that window is facing the West and the sun was starting to show through when I started taking these pics
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    Here is the Buffet I am using as a dresser. I had been keeping the phal here, but moving it every evening out of the rays of the sun. I am thinking the moving every day, not good, so do y'all agree the corner just to the side of the window is enough light?
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    You can see here the top of the Buffet where I had wanted to place the phal. But as you can see, even with the sheers there is too much light during the evening. I saw in a video about Phals and light that if you can see a clear outline of your shadow then it is bright, and that phals prefer low...
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    This is a little better shot of just how wide that window is. It does seem to stay very bright indirect in the room all day, till the evening around 4ish. From then till the sun sets there is almost non stop direct sun coming in at one angle or another...

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    Good job. Your phal looks very healthy. I bet you get blooms soon. It is a good idea to always remember to remove any flower spikes on phals that are distressed so the they focus on root and leaf development.

    cheers,
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    I had to take the Phal out of that room, I decided to utilize that area for plants that need more light. I have a cactus garden I just put together sitting in that window now. The orchid is in the living room by the french doors.

    Here are 3 images from right now, daytime but it is cloudy out. The last image is from night time. I have moved a few of the plants a round a little since then.

    I think it is gonna be alright over there. I am watching closely!

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