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Phal amboinensis

This is a discussion on Phal amboinensis within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Bought this at the same time as the 'Caribbean Sunset' Full name: phal amboinensis (amboinensis ...

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    Cool Phal amboinensis

    Bought this at the same time as the 'Caribbean Sunset'
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    phal amboinensis (amboinensis ' Carriage Hill Gold' AM/AOS x amboinensis ' Montclair'). A species phal. My 5th species phal. One of its leaves appears to be slightly sunburned. But nice markings on the flower.

    3 spikes on it. That seems to be a common trait to species phal in my experience. Is multiple spikes.

    I believe it has a fragrance but at 2 am, it does not.

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    nice. yeap, quite true, the intensity of the fragrance is usually in the morning when the sunlight is there!

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    Very pretty , never realised it had fragrance , probably due to the other phals i have which are very fragrant.

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    Agree with Ian and the smell is awesome congrats for your new stuff.

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    Wow. good buy Harvey. thanks for sharing

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    An excellent clone Harvey!

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    Very nice Harvey. I had one, but I'm not very lucky with species phals. They all die on me. I think it's too cold for them at home at night with no heater on. If I get another one, I think I'll try with a heat mat at night.

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    I have about 7 species phals now. I have been very fortunate so far in my growing career (coming up on the 1 year anniversary in June of acquiring my first non-phal orchid which is what started my 'bug'!) of not losing orchids often. My count is now 3 lost plants. All 3 losses were my fault. My first crown rot on a phal, one dried out and died over vacation and one catt re-potted totally at the wrong time. I might have been able to salvage it but I gave up too easily on it.

    I'll keep the temp thing for species phals in mind when I start my 20 degree temp swings in the fall. I think I did find a spike starting on a hybrid grocery store phal last night. If it isn't a root. But I did look at it under the loupe and I think it is not a root. While on vacation, I set the air conditioning to 65 F. So all my orchids should have seen 65 F tops for the week. That temp range did not hurt my species phals. At present, I am not planning to send any phals outside for the summer. I think our elevation (UV's) might be too much for them even in the shade. Perhaps I'll try one sacrificial 'lamb' and experiment. Only thing is, I don't want to lose any of them. I like them all (wouldn't have bought them otherwise). And with all the progress I've made with them since I first re-potted my first round of phals into a bark mix that was too dry, which dessicated their leaves, I'd hate to damage all the new leaves.

    What to do? What to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 78Terp View Post
    I have about 7 species phals now. I have been very fortunate so far in my growing career (coming up on the 1 year anniversary in June of acquiring my first non-phal orchid which is what started my 'bug'!) of not losing orchids often. My count is now 3 lost plants. All 3 losses were my fault. My first crown rot on a phal, one dried out and died over vacation and one catt re-potted totally at the wrong time. I might have been able to salvage it but I gave up too easily on it.

    I'll keep the temp thing for species phals in mind when I start my 20 degree temp swings in the fall. I think I did find a spike starting on a hybrid grocery store phal last night. If it isn't a root. But I did look at it under the loupe and I think it is not a root. While on vacation, I set the air conditioning to 65 F. So all my orchids should have seen 65 F tops for the week. That temp range did not hurt my species phals. At present, I am not planning to send any phals outside for the summer. I think our elevation (UV's) might be too much for them even in the shade. Perhaps I'll try one sacrificial 'lamb' and experiment. Only thing is, I don't want to lose any of them. I like them all (wouldn't have bought them otherwise). And with all the progress I've made with them since I first re-potted my first round of phals into a bark mix that was too dry, which dessicated their leaves, I'd hate to damage all the new leaves.

    What to do? What to do?
    Nothing. If what you're doing works for you, don't change anything.

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    Keep them in, they won't like the sun anyway! Besides if you put them out, you will think you have more room for more plants than you really do, thus leading to having to move and buy a large house with a greenhouse, which you probably can't afford! lol

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