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Old 01-14-2020, 07:02 PM
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As the title suggests, have a phal with a solid cylindrical leaf. Assuming this isn't normal and probably a deformity. My only experience with leaves opening as they grow has been with my bulbophyllum which was completely flat until it opened fully and even when it was closed it had a line running down to the base of the leaf where it was going to split.

One other leaf has these ridges on it.

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Old 01-14-2020, 07:26 PM
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That falls in the category of "Sh*t happens".

Nothing you can do that will help it now.
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So certain doom for the phal? That sucks

Anyone ever try to cut the leaf open and hope it heals ok enough to keep going ?

Would any keikis produced from this plant end up in a similar situation? (I assume yes since a keiki would be genetically identical)

I think it has the start of a keiki on one of the spikes, and i have keiki paste, I'd be willing to experiment on this plant. I like the blooms
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What would make you think that's "certain doom"?

When the next leaf grows, it might push its way right through...
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Nothing you can do that will help it now.
Made it sound like it was over for it.

Anything i should be mindful of moving forward?
I assume try not to get water in there.

It's overall super healthy. Had barely any root issues and a ton of roots.
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Maybe you can use a very clean set of scissors (sterilised with some fire, and then cooled a bit) - then snip down the region where it normally should have a gap. Some minor surgery maybe. Just make sure snipping down the shaft is done real carefully - ensuring it doesn't snip any newly developing juvenile leaf that might be down in the depths.

Otherwise - just allow the leaf to stay like that. A new leaf may well push up and through as Ray mentioned.

Interesting how the phal leaf is looking like a water hyacinth.


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Leave it for the orchid and observe how the new leaf begins to come out.
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I have a Phalaenopsis that did this too although the tube on mine is shorter. Its growing a new leaf right now and the tube is slowly splitting as the new leaf grows. I was thinking I might need to do some surgery but mine ended up having matters in hand with no intervention required. Id leave your plant be and wait and see.
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