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Rescue noID phal sending out a secondary spike and showing off!

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    Default Rescue noID phal sending out a secondary spike and showing off!

    Here is a noID rescue Phal that I bought on clearance about 3 months ago. It had few roots at first but has been thriving since being repotted. Normally I would not allow such a recent rescue to spend energy on flowers but it has put out so many new roots in the last couple of months that I am sure it will be fine.
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    Oh it is lovely. I like the blush in the bloom.

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    Oooh.... super pretty!! I'm a sucker for rescue NOID phals, too. I once asked a worker at my local home improvement store what they do with the plants that no one buys from the clearance shelf, and she said they throw them away. I said, "Well, could someone show up at trash time to rescue the orchids?" (I swear they just neglect them there, and the poor orchids just look sadder and sadder until no one will go near them. I'm a total sucker for a rescue... there's nothing better than nursing a sick plant back to health and watching it bloom happily... but even a sucker like me doesn't always want to pay for a shriveled-up, mostly-dead plant when I have no idea what the blooms are going to look like.)

    Anyway, I was told that after the clearance shelf it's trash for sure; they're forbidden by policy to give away any plants. I even went so far as to ask if I might just sort of stand near the trash bin and fish out any orchids that might live. I got a big fat NO on that one (I'm pretty sure they thought I was crazy by this point. I even asked several different employees in the garden department at several different times to see if someone would bite, but unfortunately, they said they can't even rescue plants from the trash themselves, or they'll get fired. I try not to think about all the orchids that go in the trash just because someone at the store was too lazy to water them or to make sure they weren't rotting).

    But that's a beautiful rescue you have!!

    It must be happy in your care to give you such gorgeous blooms! I agree with Bruce: lovely blush on those blossoms! It's a nice variation from the usual white Phal with purple lip. I don't know about you, but when I come across such a gorgeous rescue, I always lament the fact that there was no tag. I tend to give them my own nicknames--just so I can call them something. My favorite NOID phal is almost black on the petals and sepals, but white on the lip. It's truly stunning. It just screamed out to be called "Black Beauty," so that's its nickname (I just felt like it deserved one.)

    Anyway, here I go rambling on and on.... pbbbtt... I have a tendency to do that...

    Well, at any rate, that's a gorgeous rescue you've got there. It certainly looks to be thriving in your care!

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    Thanks, it really seems to be responding. I tend to have more problems with Phals and mealy bugs etc, so I don't think I will accumulate many more. Right now I have about 15 Phals and am trying to shift towards the Oncidium/Catt orchids a bit more. They seem much hardier for me. But then when a Phal blooms I forget about the struggles and get lost in the beauty.......
    And as far as the dumpster diving goes OrchidAddict remember, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission! Good luck in your rescue attempts. It matters to the orchids you save!!! :o)

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    Your care on him so great as he responding by giving more roots and awesome flowers.

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    Really a pretty little phal - congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Green genes View Post
    And as far as the dumpster diving goes OrchidAddict remember, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission! Good luck in your rescue attempts. It matters to the orchids you save!!! :o)
    Oh, okay... I'll just tell the cop who arrests me that you said it was all right... Hehee....

    In my dreams it's always the middle of the night when I get caught rescuing orchids; and there's always a helicopter with a bright light that suddenly illuminates the whole scene and catches me in the act of digging plants out of the trash. Then a big booming voice from somewhere shouts.... "Put your HANDS in the AIR. Please DROP the orchids. I repeat... DROP THE ORCHIDS." (I'd prefer not to make that particular dream a reality...)

    But trust me... I rescue as many as I can!! Oh, and I've found Oncidiums and Cattleyas to be very hardy as well. Also, there is something satisfying in being able to predict whether a plant might bloom soon. When I see a new bulb is mature, I always start to get excited. Of course, it's always nice to be surprised, too... that's what my phals are for. With phals it's always, "Oooh, look... a SPIKE!! You didn't tell me you were going to do that." LOL

    Have you acquired an Oncidium Sharry Baby yet? If not, you've GOT to get one... super-fast grower, incredibly hardy, and when it blooms it puts out a million small blossoms and it fills the whole area with the smell of white chocolate. My Sharry is my favorite of my Oncidium alliance plants. And once you get into the Catts, well, let's just say that's sort of a bottomless pit I fell into a little while ago and haven't seemed to be able to climb out of yet....

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