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Phal leaves

This is a discussion on Phal leaves within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I am nuturing a Phal rescue from a big box store, I repotted 5 weeks ...

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    Default Phal leaves

    I am nuturing a Phal rescue from a big box store, I repotted 5 weeks ago which was necessary because of root rot at the store. The plant is growing new green roots, but the leaves are not rigid, they droop and rest on top of each other. Should this be cause for concern? If so, what measures can be taken?

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    drooping leaves on phalies is normal .I wouldnt worry about it as some have leaves that just will not stand out straight due to there lenght and weight.
    If the plant is looking healthy dont worry

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    Hi Gregg,

    The droopy leaves are a symptom of too little water. That would sound like you should water it more, but that's what rotted all the roots and you have to get past this stage. With no healthy roots to properly absorb the water the plant requires, the signs are the same as if you weren't watering enough. The trouble is too few roots.

    The solution is known as "sphag & bag". Cut away all the dead roots (squishy brown ones) and then add some good quality sphagnum moss (New Zealand sphag is the best) around the roots loosely and put a plastic bag around the roots and moss. Leave it open to the air don't seal it off.

    The roots need water and air if they're to live. Sphag is good because it gives both, if the moss doesn't dry out. It will be a slow recovery, but the new roots will form and they'll take over the water absorbtion job. Just be patient. Make sure the moss doesn't dry out, but that there is air flow into the bag. It wants to be moist, but not drowning. Good luck!

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    I'm not an expert but my phal does the same thing and it always has. The midrib (the crease in the leaves) of one of the leaves is even torn/cracked. It was like that when I got it and hasn't had any affect on it. Even that leaf has survived. It is one of the biggest leaves so I think it did that because of the weight. No worries. ^-^

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    I string the leaves so they stand erect... very hard to do and the plant is covered with soft threads... After a month, I remove the strings so they look better... hope that helps...

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    if its droopy but firm that's not a problem, if they're limp and kinda squishy that's too little water or too much heat. i like pipers method but also suggest misting if you can (since the roots are damaged) you can even use a foliar fertilizer but maybe half strength since the plant is stressed...

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    What is a "foliar" fertilizer? So far the only fertilizers I'm using are the regular "orchid" fertilizers to encourage growth & blooms. Plus a fertilizer for the roots, specifically.

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    There are some fertilizers that can be absorbed by the plant through the leaves. Have you seen commercials where they just water the garden with a hose? If you read the labels on the fertilizer bottles, there should be some indication if it can be used for foliar feeding.

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    They also REALLY like it if you foliar feed with seaweed extract.

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    Or fish emulsion is you can stand the stench


    Quote Originally Posted by sadie View Post
    They also REALLY like it if you foliar feed with seaweed extract.

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