09-27-2009, 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by angeleyedcat
Thanks Rosie, that's what's confusing me, my mind read "don't turn when spike or flowers are forming" when it actually said "stop turning when the buds start forming".
Thanks trdyl, what you both say definately makes sense. I've had my share of lopsided leaning plants!
I'll try to make sense of this if I can.
If you've read some of my past postings before, you'll read that I usually recommend looking at pics of Phals (or any orchid for that matter) growing in the wild.
I keep saying this so that people have a better sense of what's going on with their plants. Pics of orchids growing in the wild that include the flower, the plant itself, and the growing environment gives people a lot of clues to what you can do or answer some of the questions regarding why your orchids are doing what they're doing. I encourage people to not just look at pics of orchids growing in the wild as just pretty photographs, (although they can be).
So I definitely encourage anybody who's serious about growing their Phalaenopsis to look at pics of them growing in the wild (fyi, they're not easy to find).
Okay...now to address the question itself.
1. When a Phal spikes
, the spike of a Phalaenopsis will usually point towards the sun
. Some of the cells on the spike are photosynthetic
therefore, it will behave much like the plant itself and will try to find the light
2. When the spike starts forming buds, they're usually green
. Green buds are photosynthetic as well. Many flowering plants have green buds even if the flowers themselves are not green because their ancestors had flowers that were green and the flowers were fully capable of photosynthesis
. Because the buds are green and photosynthetic, they will also point in the direction of the sun
3. If you rotate
the plant when it spikes, the spike will try to find the light
4. Once the spike(s) form buds, the buds will also try to find the light
. Therefore, if you keep rotating the plants
while the buds are forming, the buds will twist to face the light. That's how some flowers end up looking unorganized
I learned this as part of my training when I worked at an orchid nursery
. One of the things the owners always stressed was the directionality of the sun in conjunction with the placement of the plant. We were NEVER allowed to rotate the plants AT ALL
All those pretty Phals that go for ubber dollars are a result of careful planning and strategic growing practices that took into consideration the most minute of details.
FYI, Phals will naturally want to lean over the edge of the pot when grown potted
. If you look at the pics of Phals growing in nature, it will make sense
. In nature Phals are unidirectionally facing the sun
If your Phal is leaning over it is aligning itself in the direction of the light source. This is also what helps prevent crown rot. Water doesn't stay inside the crown when they're leaning
. It may not be what you're used to liking
, but that's how they are
, they don't grow upright in nature
When growing potted, I usually do not
encourage people to rotate their plants, even if they're out of bloom.
This is because, the plants themselves will try to align with the sun
and start twisting
. They will eventually develop "helicopter" leaves
, (the leaves face all different directions
If you like the leaves all facing one direction, mark the pot and face it in one direction. When facing in one direction, the crown should face the direction of the sun.
, whatever you do, that decision is yours to make
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