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wilted blossoms

This is a discussion on wilted blossoms within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; hi! i'm a new plant lover, and have an orchid gracing my home. i believe ...

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    hi! i'm a new plant lover, and have an orchid gracing my home. i believe it is a dendrobium? (see attached photo) it's been doing well since i brought it home about 2 months ago, and has blossomed 3 new flowers, with another on the way. so i'm pretty sure it's happy. except this morning, i woke up and the top two were wilted!! is this normal? what should i do?

    a few facts:
    - i live in vancouver, so the climate is a little humid, but temperate
    - the room gets an abundance of indirect sunlight, good air circulation doesn't ever get "too hot"
    - i last watered it about a week ago (and admit that in my heart-wrenched panic, watered it again this morning, which i hope wasn't a mistake. it was quite hot yesterday, so i thought that might be the culprit.)
    (- and if you're flaky like me, you might be interested to know i had a rose quartz beaming at it for almost a month, then took it away a couple of weeks ago. i returned the rose quartz to the orchid this morning.)

    thanks so much for any help you can give! : )
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    Hi , Your plant is a Phalaenopsis aka Moth Orchid . If the blooms were open for quite awhile it might be a normal thing to happen . I don't think it is anything you did , be sure to not let water sit in the crown (top) of the plant , let almost dry but not all the way before watering it . I think there are culture sheets posted on the forum with a lot of good info. on your Phal . . It is very pretty Here is an article from the American Orchid Society. http://www.taygeta.com/phalaenopsis.html

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    Hello Lady, welcome to Orchidtalk. Gin is correct, you have a phalaenopsis (phal) orchid. A very pretty one at that! The flower fade you experienced is quite normal. Besides the culture sheet Gin linked you to, check out the article in our article library here in OrchidTalk: Growing the Phalaenopsis Orchid

    It should help answer some of your questions. I will leave the rose quartz question for someone with knowledge about that to answer.

    Cheers,
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    Very pretty starter and a good choice for a beginner plant. That looks like normal aging. Some of the Phalaenopsis with larger flowers wilt like that together as they bloom almost all at the same time as well. Welcome to the group...
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    thanks to everyone who replied! the articles were really informative. and i feel confident the wilting is a normal part of the plant's growth and aging. phew!
    but..
    ok, this is where i reveal just how green my green thumb is... what do i do with the wilted blossoms? leave them to fall when they're good and ready? pluck them off? cut them? with fingers, scissors or knife? (i remember being told that for some plants, pinching vs. cutting can be a deal-breaker.)

    again, thanks!

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    In my experience, the wilted blooms are easily dislodged from the main spike by gently pulling on them a few days after they have wilted. Then you can still enjoy the active blooms.

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    I usually just let them fall on their own.

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