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Old 10-06-2019, 05:40 PM
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I would appreciate help to understand the problem with this Phal. One leaf is turning a red orange color. I hope I can get the photos to accompany this post. Thanks

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Old 10-06-2019, 07:03 PM
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That leaf is dying, will probably drop within the next few days. The newest leaf, across from it, looks good. But one under it I can't tell...it may also be on its way out. It looks like you have some good new root growth. If the roots are good, the plant will produce a new leaf and continue to grow. The mix looks coarse, which is good because it can dry out quickly. However, the fact that those new roots are growing into the air makes me suspect that what is under the surface of the medium is not so good. I suggest that you unpot it and take a look at the roots that are in the pot, and the condition of the medium. My guess is that there are dead, mushy roods and broken down medium. Since there ARE some good new roots, if you find bad ones in the pot you can trim them, but you don't have to. Repot, into fresh bark (same pot is fine). You can gently coax the new roots into the new bark (but don't force them, they break easily) Especially keep hands away from the tips of the new roots, which have tiny hairs that are very easily damage. Soaking those new roots before repotting can make them more flexible. but they still tend to be brittle. But with new medium, the plant is very likely to revive nicely.

Note, with new bark the plant will dry out faster, so you will have to increase watering frequency.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:59 PM
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Thank you Roberta. here are two more images, One after unpotting and the other after soaking. Your thoughts? Then I will repot.
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:00 PM
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Also all of the roots are firm except for a couple of small dried up ones.
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Roots actually look quite good. Just pot it back up and it should do fine. (But be patient... it could be several months before that next leaf appears)
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You might also want to check growing location. With the onset of fall and shifting light, some of my Phals had their leaves inadvertently fried when they started getting direct sun in the afternoon.
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Old 10-06-2019, 10:31 PM
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Thank You, all potted back up, will wait and see.

Ian

---------- Post added at 09:31 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:12 PM ----------

Thank You Alice, no changes there. Under florescent light only, two standard 48 inch tubes which it has been under for the last three years.

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