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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 24, 2016 4:48 PM CST

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Did you go to the Supermarket, you fell in love with those gorgeous Phalaenopsis on display and you brought one home? Did you inherit a few Phals and you really would love to learn more about them so you can take better care of them. Or you saw them discounted after they were done blooming at the local BigBox store and you picked up a bunch and now what.
So please ask away and post your Phalaenopsis question right here! We will do our best to help you or simply chat Phals with you.

Here are some Phals at a local Supermarket:
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 24, 2016 5:29 PM CST
First great resource I'd like to offer to someone starting out is this link to the American Orchid Society's culture sheets specifically for Phals. Even though your individual plants, your location and growing conditions will give you particular problems, the basics are covered nicely here:

http://www.aos.org/orchids/culture-sheets/novice-phalaenopsi...
Elaine

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Name: Laurie Basler
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jul 25, 2016 12:03 AM CST
Hi, I hope you have lots of visitors, with many questions. Good luck.
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 25, 2016 7:08 AM CST

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Thank you Laurie! Smiling
Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 25, 2016 8:09 AM CST

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I thought it might be also helpful to list some of our threads here regarding Phalaenopsis. I went back to one year and pulled them out.
These threads are informative and compiled for your enjoyment and perhaps you might gain some good information to grow champion Phals. :smily:

A Phal link from our other sticky
http://www.phals.net/index_e.html

Here is a nice thread about receiving a Valentine's Orchid
The thread "Help! DH bought me an Orchid and I have no idea..." in Orchids forum

New to this
The thread "[...new to this.]" in Orchids forum

This one should get its own sticky, great post by Melissa
The thread "Growing Phalaenopsis in Moss" in Orchids forum

And there is our rescue Phal thread starter Champion, @Chris1948! Let's give him a ribbon! 🏅
The thread "Rescued Mothers Day orchids" in Orchids forum
Crashing shelves, an interlude
The thread "Orchids all over the ground" in Orchids forum
Humidity trays
The thread "Home made humidity trays" in Orchids forum
To stake or not to stake
The thread "To stake or not to stake" in Orchids forum
Growing on trays
The thread "Egg-Crate Louvers" in Orchids forum
The thread "Upgraded Orchid Humidity Trays" in Orchids forum
Caring for keikis
The thread "One has buds, what is the other?" in Orchids forum
What kind of pots
The thread "Clear or opaque pots?" in Orchids forum
The thread "Another rescued Phal blooms" in Orchids forum
Calcium and more
The thread "Calcium requirement? And: multiple plants or just one!" in Orchids forum
A question
The thread "Might this be a Keiki?" in Orchids forum
Here is Chris's great looking update, thread number 12!
http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1205990/
Looking forward to see his new post in our anticipation forum and subsequent bloom thread.


The thread "New to the World Part Two" in Orchids forum

The thread "it won't stop growing....." in Orchids forum

The thread "new orchid" in Orchids forum

Bark question
The thread "Bark for repotting orchids" in Orchids forum

Holes in leaves
The thread "Leaf hole?" in Orchids forum

Mounting Phals
The thread "Blooming today" in Orchids forum
The thread "I tied my moth orchid to a piece of wood." in Orchids forum

What is it
The thread "What is it?" in Orchids forum

Growing keikis
The thread "Phal keikis, formerly air layering" in Orchids forum

Identification of Supermarket Phals
The thread "Any way to ID which Phal this is?" in Orchids forum

Via the Adenium forum
The thread "Question about growing Phal." in Orchids forum

And
The thread "Am I taking care of my orchid right?" in Orchids forum

The first page of this has good info
The thread "jumped into the world of orchids" in Orchids forum

And
http://plantgasm.com/archives/4435
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jul 25, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Thank you, Ursula. We needed this.

Jim
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 25, 2016 1:39 PM CST
Ill give it a try. I do have a question about phals. I got one the other day that will need to be replanted. It has 2 in it.in it or it looks like 2 Here is a pic:

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Would you separate or leave them together? Would you do the same size pot for each as they are in now or do smaller one's? Thanks.ed dited: Here is a line up of all 5 given/gotten after my other 2.

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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 25, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Richard, soak the roots for a little while then remove those plants from the pot. If they will separate easily, then I would pot them up each in its own pot. If not, (they might be entwined, or even stuck together by the roots) they will probably co-exist fairly well in a pot together. I've seen pots with up to 4 nice looking Phals growing in them. While you're at it, be sure to remove most of that moss - there's probably a soggy wad of it in the middle under the plants. Those roots need air!
Elaine

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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Jul 25, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Hi Richard, when you take them out to re pot...Out of all the Sphagnum, yes, as your inspecting the roots, I'd go ahead and pot them up separately. 2 for 1, what a deal! Thumbs up
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Jul 25, 2016 1:52 PM CST
The roots look good and they are green. The person who bought it paid $18 for a total of 6. Im doing an edit so I can post picture of them all. It was a good deal and 3 of them look like they are doing a new leave. I am going to use bark when I replant them.
Name: lindsey
wesley chapel, fl
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sugarcane
Jul 25, 2016 2:38 PM CST
I never had any luck growing them multiples in a pot..and I sure tried! Some of them have pretty big 'wing spans' as well..so it might create trouble down the road..unless they are the mini types..Those are great looking plants by the way!
lindsey
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Jul 25, 2016 3:16 PM CST
Lindsey, They were Wal-Mart markdowns that the person got me. They checked the roots like I suggested and they were green. and 4 of the 5 had pots (1 has the plastic cup and I have that in a coffee cup) until I can get a better suited pot. # of them were less then 3 bucks a piece. I know they are all are phals as I checked the distributer website. The first 2 I got are minis, but these ones are the bigger version (I guess the regular size).
Name: Jeff
Hudson, Fla (Zone 9a)
Region: United States of America
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Moe
Jul 25, 2016 3:55 PM CST
I have a couple that i almost killed...I had no clue what i was doing !! I think finally I am figuring them out...
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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 25, 2016 4:41 PM CST
Moe, looking good. Have you been growing them for a while?
Name: Jeff
Hudson, Fla (Zone 9a)
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Moe
Jul 25, 2016 6:24 PM CST
No Richard not long at all...I am pretty new to the Orchid World ..The Phals I'm finding require their environment slightly different than the others....
Name: Jeff
Hudson, Fla (Zone 9a)
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Moe
Jul 25, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Thank you for putting this up here Ursula !! I am enjoying the readings...
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Name: Ursula
Fair Lawn NJ, zone 6b
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Ursula
Jul 25, 2016 6:45 PM CST

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Oh I am so glad, Jeff! Smiling
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 25, 2016 6:45 PM CST
That's what I have heard and finding out. If all else fails for me If I stay here I could always go to the grower locally where I got my first two and I am sure they would help me out. Or If I emailed them they would do what they could.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Jul 25, 2016 7:01 PM CST
I don't know who your grower was, but Some are more helpful than others. I was just talking to a neighbor who has recently received two Phals (dyed) as gifts, and the grower's tag that came with them gave more info, than most do. They even admitted that when it reblooms, the flowers will be white. Very unusual.
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Jul 25, 2016 7:35 PM CST
The one locally thatbi got my first 2 at is Gublers Orchids. They supply Ralph's grocery stores, lowes, use to supply home depot with flowers but not just bark and food. They ship all over.

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