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Unread 04-19-2009, 05:45 PM
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Default Phalaenopsis last bloom is dying what do i do?

I bought a medium sized white Phal. about two months ago, it was almost in full bloom. Ive watered it correctly and have given it the correct amount of sun light I think? I dont know if it's bloom is just coming to an end or what?? The last flower left is wilting away. The stem doesnt seem as sturdy either. I've heard I'm supposed to leave it, cut the stem, remove some of the moss because it could be suffocating it... I dont know what to do. Please help!
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Unread 04-19-2009, 06:36 PM
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Hello cl3322 and welcome to the Orchid Board.
If you've had your plant for two months, it's probably time for the blooms to fade. How are your roots? A picture of the plant will help in answering your questions, can you post a picture?
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Unread 04-19-2009, 09:47 PM
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Hi cl3322, welcome to the Orchid Board and probable orchad addiction I agree that the phal might have naturally finished blooming--without photos it's hard to tell what's going on. In any case repotting is probably a good idea since you never know how well it was cared for before you got it and if the roots are in good shape If there are a lot of dead roots and the plant looks weak or stressed I woud personally cut the stem off to strengthen the plant. You can find a lot of good care info for phals on the internet; one good site is Phalaenopsis Care
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I would agree with what has already been said.

How do the leaves look? Do they look strong and healthy. If so then it is likely that it is just that they have come to the end of their life, and there is likely nothing to worry about.

If the plant it's self is seeming weak then you may have a problem and the first thing to check is the roots. Even if it's healthy it may be worth taking a look at the roots.

Do you have a clear pot? If so you can get a quick visual look at the roots that show through the plastic. Do they look plump and geen (if just watered) or silvery white (if they are ready for watering again)?

If you can't see them through the pot them it would be a good idea to repot and take a look while you do. The roots should be firm and either green, white or silvery. If they are squishy then you should remove them. If they seem hollow you can also remove them, these are generally old roots.

Once you have removed any dead/squishy roots see how many are left. If there is quite a few then just pot back into a pot which is just big enough for the remaining roots.

If there are no roots left (or only a couple of very small ones) you may need to try some rescue techniques.

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I would venture to say as well, your beauty has finished her blooming cycle. If she doesn't carry many leaves, I would go ahead and cut away the inflorescence (spike carrying the flowers) and dab a little cinnamon paste (composed of cinnamon powder and enough water to make the paste) on the top of the cut; this will help keep out anything harmful to the plant.

As others have said, check your root structure. If it's still in the original potting medium, I would recommend changing it out regardless to the health of the plant mainly because you don't know how long it has been in that particular mix. There really isn't an intended medium for phalaenopsis, because they're quite easy to grow in any particular medium. You just have to make sure it gets sufficient water without overwatering.

With the consideration and advice of other members here, I hope you find some helpful information
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Thank you for the help so far, Im going to post pictures as soon as I can, tonight or tomorrow afternoon. Then, like mentioned, you'll be able to really see what is going on with it. Thank you for the help so far, Ill let everyone know when I have pictures posted on my profile. Thank you!
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Unread 04-25-2009, 10:23 AM
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Exclamation PICTURES in My Album-Please take a look!

I just posted pictures of my orchid in My Album, please take a look if you would. I would really appreciate it, it was so pretty! What happened?? I believe its a white Phal. I found pictures on wikipedia under Phal that looked like mine when there were flowers.

Please let me know if there is something I should do, and again if there is, please be specific. I know nothing about the plant (names of the parts, etc.)
I only to give it sunlight-not direct, during the day, and to water when its basically dried up which is about fourteen days and not to let it sit in its own water.
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Judi-

This website helps, not to mention being able to buy pots, orchid mix, etc on it. Thank you!

If you get a chance, take a look at my profile, I posted pictures. I would love feedback as far as what I need to do with my orchid.

Thanks!

And for everyone- I know nothing about the plant Im slowly learning, thank you for those of you that are helping me understand, if you have any more advice for me I would love to hear it, please be detailed! for example the node and cutting above it...does that mean the highest one on the stem or the lowest/not dried out one on the stem???

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