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Neglected Phalaenopsis

This is a discussion on Neglected Phalaenopsis within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I have a dining room and coffee table full of rescued phals. They're all thriving ...

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    I have a dining room and coffee table full of rescued phals. They're all thriving now and I can't wait to see what colors they'll be. It's so rewarding watching them recover and prosper. Good luck with yours and I hope to see photos someday.

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    Interesting anecdote about how you acquired these phals. I loved reading it!

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    Thanks Angel. Churches or Temples here in the Philippines...parishioners sometimes offer Phalaenopsis for a Prayer answered or Feast. and usually when the Bloom ends they usually end up in the trash bin, because for them it is difficult to take care off.

    Hence I bring them home when their beside the trash bin or on top of it. Wash them and try to take care of them, not knowing what color are its bloom, and honestly i don't give a damn at that moment, because what's on my mind is "What a waste!"

    if they survive and bloom during my care...That's a GREAT reward ! if they die on me, they will end up as fertilizer for my other plants...lol

    But what's great is its FREE! you just have the guts to ask for it or get it out of the trash bin. Luckily in my case they just put it aside a potted plant and just let it survive on its own. Unfortunately as you can see the condition on the pictures...it is really in a bad condition for such an ELEGANT ORCHID, that was previously adored and offered, but was just left aside after it has finished blooming or served its purpose!...tsktsk

    Honestly to save its kind, I use a keiki paste to let them produce a keiki...lol
    and the second picture with a keiki on it...I use a paste to produce roots...lol

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    Update:

    The One with the Keiki paste...it produced a keiki for me and now its producing its own roots
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    The other two with a basal keiki is now thriving.

    Unfortunately one of the leaf chipped off (it was my mistake I keep knocking it off the stand)
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    It is crazy how uncoordinated we get sometimes around the fragile ones!

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    I hope the orchids are turning around. I love the excitement if both trying to save them and the thought about their bloom color.
    I'm working on one right now as well. Roots are not in the best shape but the two leaves look okay. I was tempted at a little box store to take a rescue home. However the store didn't know enough to know that the orchids were on their death beds and still wanted over $20 per orchid. I couldn't take those odds.

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    Traci if that is the case, i would suggest that leave it be. Go find some other phal to rescue.

    I think the shop would prefer loosing the phal instead of getting some few bucks out of it.

    In my september Hong Kong Trip, i saw some Phal orchid (with huge blooms) that are not in bloom anymore, and they are selling it only for HKD 10! And its still in prime condition.

    I was really tempted, unfortunately my thought of packing in the lugguage, orchid stress, and customs, took the best of me so i just walked away.

    Traci Good Luck and please keep us updated. Maybe you should spray some fungicide on it, for some chance of survival.

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    :Thanks Jervis. That is what I thought and when I went back they weren't there anymore. I'm sure they had already died.
    I'm glad that you are able to get the orchids for free. I will have to buy some, keiki paste for such situations in the future where a rescue might come my way again.

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    :Thanks Jervis. That is what I thought and when I went back they weren't there anymore. I'm sure they had already died.
    I'm glad that you are able to get the orchids for free. I will have to buy some, keiki paste for such situations in the future where a rescue might come my way again.

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    I was just lucky that churches and temples here offer Phals and after blooming they just throw it away.

    And now im asking my friends if they have or know someone who has phals and finished blooming and just want to throw it away, better throw it to me (as long that it is now offered to the dead)...hahaha

    For me a keiki paste comes in handy to force produce a keiki before anything goes wrong to the mother plant, and a Fungicide is also handy.

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