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phalaenopsis easy??!!

This is a discussion on phalaenopsis easy??!! within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I guess phal culture is all contingent upon the area, or part of the world ...

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    I guess phal culture is all contingent upon the area, or part of the world that the plants are growing. Its important to find the balance for active root growth, turgid leaves and light. Great ideas and suggestions elicited from everyone. THANK YOU ALL!!

    My phals are blooming outside but I'm not impressed with 6 mediocre blooms when I get them with 13, they are surviving but not thriving. I want specimen plants so I will keep experimenting with different mixes, watering schedules and fertilizer applications for my climate

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    I think I am the most northerly of the respondents and Phals grow well in Calgary. I just put them in the east window as the fall begins to get cool and they set spikes. Because our houses are closed in from October to April, the humidity is low so good moss works well. It retains enough moisture and I water them once every 10 days in the winter...7 days in the summer. I am looking at fine bark for my phal species because they are more particular about too much water. I too have lost a plant or two to crown rot but only in the winter. I get specimen type blooms from this regimen on my hybrids. I am working on the species...all are growing well but it is too soon to talk about blooms yet. I think the critical factor is temperature and the right amount of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardenguysorchids View Post
    It is easy to get them to spike. I set mine outdoors September to early October in a protected spot so they don't get rain in their crowns. During that period the temps drop to the mid to low 50's at night. After they are out for 2 or 3 weeks I bring them in and they start spiking right away. Some seem to do it almost over night. As far as light goes any East window or under lights gives them enough.
    I'm so nervous to put my indoor plants outside for fear they may get pests, and I don't want to infest the rest of my plants! How do you handle that, or is it just not an issue where you are?

    I guess mine aren't getting enough light since their leaves are a deeper green, but never purple. I'm not sure how else to get them more light with the exception of another grow lamp or brighter bulb. Maybe I'll try putting them by the window here in the office, it seems to get a decent amount of light.
    All of them are in LECA and get watered every 7-10 days or so, depending on the size of the plant. I guess it's just light that's my problem, and the temperature difference in fall. Thanks all!

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    I've found Phals to be fairly easy and sturdy plants. The eight oldies I have, have survived two-three years of neglect where they got watered once a month (if they were lucky), left standing in water (the biggest no-no when it comes to Phals I think), no fertilizer, no re-potting, humidity levels around 20-30% during Winter, temperatures down to 62F during winter, and standing in a constant cold draft. They didn't thrive, but they survived. Now though, I care for them better than ever - I've raised the humidity levels so it's always at least 50%, they've all been re-potted, instead of watering them from above I dip them, they get fed weekly weakly with fertilizer and seaweed extract, I make sure they don't get burned by the sun, and I plan on getting some lights to put up during Winter and this coming Autumn will be the first time that I'll induce a controlled temperature drop as too see if they'll bloom even more next Spring.

    So far the Phals love being cared for more properly. I have most of them potted in my own bark/sphagnum/perlite-mix, which seems to work nicely with my watering regiment. I would say that the conditions provided by my location is what helps me growing Phals, I probably wouldn't have the same luck with Vandas for example.

    I've recently ventured into the country of species Phals. So far I have seven equestris and one schilleriana and they are all working on roots, leaves, and some of them on spikes and blooms. I have more species ordered and I hope they'll like living with me too.


    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    You can tell if they are getting the exact amount of light they need by the color of their leaves. The leaves should be a bright "grass green." When they start to get tiny purple spots, they are getting too much light. Dark green means they are not getting enough light.
    I just wanted to add that dark green leaves does not necessarily mean that the Phal is not getting enough light. I have all of my Phals in an East facing window, and they all get an hour or two of direct sunlight in the morning before I put some sun screens up. The interesting thing is that some of the Phals' leaves are a grass green, while others are very a dark green. The thing the dark leaved ones have in common is that the leaves are a purplish colour on the underside of the leaves, sometimes they even have this colour on the stem (and those are the ones with the darkest leaves). So - no purple on the underside of the leaves equals grass green leaves, while purple on the underside of the leaves equals darker leaves.

    Just keep an eye out for a purplish tinge to the upper side of the leaves - this is an indication of too much light.

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