Orchids forum: My Phaius

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Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Jan 11, 2011 5:59 PM CST
We arrived in Florida on Dec. 22 and much to my dismay, all of my nuns orchids were sporting black leaves due to having been exposed to freezing temperatures twice during the first part of December.

After consulting with Dan at E.F.G. Orchids, he told me that if the bulbs were still firm, they should be okay. I cut the leaves down to the green as he advised, and we brought them inside. I now see small shoots of green emerging --- there is still hope! We had debated when leaving FL the first of November if we should bring them into the house, however, felt that if we did that, they would perish from lack of water. It is my hope that next year around this time, I will be enjoying their beautiful blooms.
Thumb of 2011-01-11/rocklady/9508da Tankervillae
Thumb of 2011-01-11/rocklady/fc9a41 Rabens Raven (Don't be confused by the epi in the background)
Thumb of 2011-01-11/rocklady/947127 Grandiflorus alba
Thumb of 2011-01-11/rocklady/9147b2 Rabens Raven
Thumb of 2011-01-11/rocklady/ceaa1d Dan Rosenberg
When we were here in the summer, Joan Hart was blooming and the last flower was fading
Crying
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jan 11, 2011 6:08 PM CST
I've had similar spotting when I overwatered one year. Botrytis I think. But the next year they were fine. I hope you don't mind my moving your post into Orchid Care (the houseplants thread is for non orchids).
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jan 11, 2011 8:13 PM CST

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They are gorgeous!! Surely they will rebound for you!
Name: bree
North coast NSW Australia
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bree
Jan 15, 2011 2:14 AM CST
i think i get my spotting from high humidity here. Which leads to rot if things are kept to wet. Love your phaius orchids, i had a tank. but now only have a australis.
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Jan 15, 2011 7:46 AM CST
I've read that if there's a lot of circulation, that reduces botrytis.
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Region: Florida Daylilies Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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rocklady
Feb 1, 2011 6:04 AM CST
Happy to report that in spite of the cold destroying their leaves, all of the phaius are now showing growth. I even have several spikes!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Kathy
Western MA

Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Region: Northeast US Orchids Irises
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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boojum
Feb 1, 2011 7:59 AM CST
Great! My Phaius looks sad. I have decided to water it like a houseplant once a week and it wants more attention from me. Maybe I'll do that today. I took a snow day since there were only 2.5 hours of school.

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