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Two Mini Phals

This is a discussion on Two Mini Phals within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Are they called mini because of the small size of whole plant or due to ...

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    Are they called mini because of the small size of whole plant or due to the size of flowers? Few years ago I got two as you describe mini, and now leaves are much bigger than when I got them. They did not rebloom yet (probably because I was repotting them into much bigger pots so they just grow roots) so I don't know what size of flower they will produce now.

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    on picture one of aerial root is cracked (on my few new orchids too), what would you suggest to do with them in this case? Cut them off or leave them?

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    My guess is that the leaves will grow more, though true minis stay pretty small. The flowers (still a guess, I just got them) won't change a lot, though in the big Phals a mature plant will have bigger flowers and more of them. I have a Phal that had small flowers on a normal plant, I wouldn't consider that a mini. It's pretty cute though, as it had dozens of them!

    Oh, as far as the cracked root, as long as its fat beyond the damage and normal looking, I'll leave it alone. If it gets dead/deflated looking, I'll trim it back. I don't really worry about things like that though, mostly I don't think it matters.

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