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Phal. Taida 'Salu', 1st SemiHydro to bloom

This is a discussion on Phal. Taida 'Salu', 1st SemiHydro to bloom within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Okay, this is one of the first plants I put in semi-hydro. It is Phal ...

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    Okay, this is one of the first plants I put in semi-hydro. It is Phal. Taida 'Salu' (i just found an old pic with name), and as you can see from the leaves, i've had it in rather high light. I am amazed every single time I look at the roots on this plant. I've included a pic that shows how healthy roots are in semi-hydro. For those of you new to the site, this is one of the ways you can grow phals. A couple people have done articles on how to repot a phal into s.h. in case anyone wants to know how.

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    Very pretty. What do you do with aerial the roots? I have 3 phals in SH. One of them was probably a wrong choice. It has a basal keiki and it tends to grow upright. somewhat similar to a vanda and has stiff leaves instead of the floofy ones on most of the other phals. This guy keeps growing new roots above the media and being summer, is a little stressed I guess, as the aerial roots slowly start to dry out even though I mist them daily morning.

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    Well done! I have yet to have luck with phals so perhaps I should consider a test run in semihydro..

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    Quote Originally Posted by satishsherikar View Post
    Very pretty. What do you do with aerial the roots? I have 3 phals in SH. One of them was probably a wrong choice. It has a basal keiki and it tends to grow upright. somewhat similar to a vanda and has stiff leaves instead of the floofy ones on most of the other phals. This guy keeps growing new roots above the media and being summer, is a little stressed I guess, as the aerial roots slowly start to dry out even though I mist them daily morning.
    I'm guessing, the aerial roots do not like the spray of water. Their vellum, the outer cover for the roots, can develop one of two ways; adapted for pulling water from the air or adapted for being in a medium where the water is directly applied to the roots. The "aerial" roots, are more or less suited for drawing water from the air and aside from an occasional spritz, should be left alone. They will die if you put water directly on them regularly. I only mist my orchids occasionnally, to raise the humidity level in the room. And when using a bottle to spritz, you need to be watchful there is no bacteria growing in the bottle. Clean anything used with your orchids on a regular basis. With keikei's i'm trying to get to grow faster, I actually will put a drop of water on the tip of their roots a couple times a day...if I think about it...and they seem to be okay with that. ...hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicki View Post
    Well done! I have yet to have luck with phals so perhaps I should consider a test run in semihydro..
    I tried four my first go-round. I did this half hearted (to be honest) effort, no holes in the plastic containers even. But three of four did so well, I extended it to a dozen. I started with the sickest, so the one blooming was not great when it went into SH....the only thing so far I've learned....the plant has to have some roots to begin with or SH just rots them like fast. It's so easy to just top off the water every so often! lol Wish all of my plants could go into it!

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    Way to grow girl! That is a super bloom and nice roots too. Keep experimenting...it seems to be working.

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    That looks great, Connie. Very healthy and well grown. SH is working!

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    Connie, if you think your phal has had too much sun.... you ain't seen nothin', yet!!!! Trust me even up here in Michigan I routinely am neglectful and give my phals too much Vitamin SunShine!!!! You know the kind that gives them that Phal suntan purple!!!!!! So you've got a ways to go young lady!!!!!

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    Oh I know, but then I discovered that back in the sunroom, even against the back wall, a phal will bloom for me. That room has some "super-power", or something. It's been amazing the changes i've seen in some of the plants. They were growing like it was summer already. And one of the encyclia species that arrived, nice sized, but no spike; now has a killer fat spike too. They are on the front porch this week while the newly painted sunroom floor dries. I cannot wait to get them back in there.

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