Orchids forum: Question about growing Phal.

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Name: Ken Ramsey
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drdawg
Aug 8, 2015 9:35 AM CST
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RCanada
Aug 8, 2015 10:25 AM CDT

Ken, I was unsure as to whether it was you that I had read, grew Orchids. I am relatively new to them. Have had some in the past, but I recently was given a Phalenopsis Orchid and I repotted it into a new pot once it had finished blooming and it was actively growing. Since repotting, I have noticed that the lower leaves have a somewhat dull and withered look to their surface. I am not sure whether this is a shock, lack or over watering issue. Repotted into a an orchid mix (fir bark/perlite/charcoal, etc.) What would be your thoughts on this?

Rick
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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
[url=www.tropicalplantsandmore.com]
Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Aug 8, 2015 9:47 AM CST
Yes, Rick, I grow hundreds of orchids - lots of hundreds. That being said, Phal. is not a family of orchids that I grow much of. I will do my best to answer your questions, but others with more Phal. experience will be able to help you more than I.

The first thing I and other will want to see are pictures of what you have going on with your plant.

Many plants will "sulk" when re-potted, and Phal. can do this. Plants in general do this, and yes, its transplant shock.

By their very nature, Phal. will lose those older, lower leaves. That's just their nature. Those leaves will gradually turn yellow, then brown, and will just fall off the plant on their own. I generally cut my leaves off when they are mostly yellow and sprinkle cinnamon on the cut surface to inhibit fungus invasion.

I think your media is fine. That's pretty much what I use, though I add expanded clay and coconut fiber chunks to the mix. Be sure you have your Phal. tilted so that any water than gets in the crown will have an opportunity to run off. Otherwise, you can/will get crown rot. Phal. likes lots of air exposure to its roots, so air movement is needed for them to do well. I also use mesh pots to maximize air movement in the media. If the Phal. is large and top-heavy, I will go to a clay pot. The unglazed clay allows air to move through its side walls.
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Name: Rick
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RCanada
Aug 8, 2015 11:29 AM CST
Here are a few photo's of my Phal. It does have new growth further up the stem about 1/2" long.
Just need to familiarize myself with conditions and requirements.


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Rick

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Name: Ken Ramsey
Starkville, MS (Zone 8a)
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Orchids Greenhouse Vegetable Grower Ferns Region: United States of America Hummingbirder
Composter Bromeliad Master Gardener: Mississippi Cat Lover Tropicals Plumerias
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drdawg
Aug 8, 2015 11:57 AM CST
Good pot and good media, Rick. Remember the need for these plants to grow at an angle. In fact, they do this in nature. If you are growing the plant strictly in the house, you need to raise the humidity. Just make an inexpensive pebble tray and sit the pot on those pebbles. That will help. Our central AC/heat, creates a really dry environment, and tropical plants flourish in humid conditions. Misting the plant a couple of times a day will help as well. The shriveling may well be due to low humidity but otherwise, the plant looks healthy.
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