Orchids forum: Purple leaf Phalaenopsis

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Oct 9, 2010 8:42 PM CST
Has anyone here ever grown a purple leafed Phalaenopsis? I bought one about 2 and a half years ago and have never seen another like it! It is truly stunning with bright magenta flowers! Sadly it came nameless and the label only said 'Collectors Series'.

Here is a photo of when I bought it just coming into bud and showing the dark colour of the leaves.
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Here is one where it is in bloom. When in full bloom it had 5 spikes on it at once!
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Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Oct 9, 2010 10:24 PM CST
So pretty.
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Steven
Oct 10, 2010 12:49 PM CST
Thank-you, I really enjoy it too! I haven't seen another like it since. And now it is twice as tall as in the picture and has some nice long roots growing out into the air, hopefully all this healthy growth means lots of flowers coming soon!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Oct 10, 2010 12:57 PM CST
Sometimes you can trick them by moving them to some more light but not too much for these beauties!
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Steven
Oct 10, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Right now he gets direct morning sun and then indirect light for the rest of the day. He seems to be doing a lot better with the morning sun. Should I just leave it there since it seems to be doing well?

Now I need to ask you about one of my other Phals I've had for about 4 years......I've never repotted it.....it that really bad? I have no idea when they need to be repotted....its in bark and making lots of new growth, looking pretty healthy but a couple of the oldest leaves are dieing off. Is that normal since it's making new ones to replace them? I hope I'm not asking to many questions Smiling
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Oct 10, 2010 2:06 PM CST
Not too many! Big Grin
I repot when the bark is breaking down. I hate sphagnum because evrything rots here in it. I also pull the plant out and inspect the roots. That helps me decide if I should repot.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Oct 10, 2010 2:06 PM CST

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Here is a nice article about your purple leafed Phal. Most likely it is due to the Doritis passing on this trait.
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/orchids/2003012733003344....
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Oct 10, 2010 3:22 PM CST
Big Grin Thanks, Ursula.
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Steven
Oct 10, 2010 3:24 PM CST
Kathy, I used the sphagnum once before too but didn't like it for the same reason....its too wet and soggy. I checked the roots and there is lots of new green ones growing and also some old dead ones too. I didn't pull it out of the pot since there it roots growing out the drain holes.

Ursula, thank-you for the article, it is very informative!
Name: Kathy
Western MA

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boojum
Oct 10, 2010 3:30 PM CST
What is the medium like? Is it in good shape? (Sometimes I have to cut the plastic pots apart to repot because of the roots and sometimes I put pots into larger pots.)
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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Steven
Oct 10, 2010 3:42 PM CST
I can't really see the medium but there is little bits stuck to the side of the pot so its probably breaking down......I think I'll take it outside it pull it from the pot to see whats going on.......

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