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Old 06-23-2007, 12:30 PM
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:06 PM
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Well light changes should be gradual for any chid ..
Your intentions were well meant!
Orchids are pretty hardy and you still have some nice green. They aren't dead yet!...
I would put them back into the light you had before you put them outside. Let them regain themselves and slowly introduce them to the outside if you wish to.
I grow all my orchids inside. They receive western afternoon sun exposure. The catts up front and the phals behind them.
They will bounce back!
Could someone else comment on whether she should remove the leaves or cut off the black ..
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Old 06-23-2007, 01:57 PM
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Having sunburned my share of orchids, let me offer a little advice.

1) Welcome to the board
2) As for the learning experience, the Phalenopsis you show here should NEVER be placed in light that bright (full sun). It is best if you keep the light something like an east window. If south window, then 2-3feet away from window is best.
3) Even for orchids that can tolerate full sun (like the ones your friend has) they need to be accustomed to this light over a period of time.
4) Leave the leaves alone - don't cut them back. This is not rot, just damaged leaf tissue. The green parts will be OK, the brown parts will look ugly. After the plant recovers (you did move it back to its old home, right?) you can slowly remove the oldest damaged leaves. If the plant is too badly damaged, it will grow a new pup (called a Keiki) from the base.
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Old 06-23-2007, 02:26 PM
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Thank you for the welcome

Some of the orchids that the woman had out were also Phals, and I thought with the sheet blocking the direct rays it would have been ok. It was the equivalent of sitting under an umbrella at the beach. The main problem is, I'm from up north, and not used to the Georgia sun I thought I was doing right, and now I feel dreadful. Yes, I did move them back indoors, I just want to make sure I don't do anything further to harm them.

Thank you so much for your advice, hopefully I won't make too many more mistakes in the future
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Old 06-23-2007, 02:31 PM
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Thank you so much for your advice, hopefully I won't make too many more mistakes in the future
Actually you should hope you do - because it's through our mistakes we learn. I wish I had a nickle for every orchid or cactus I have killed through errors of judgement. I wished I had a dollar for every orchid I will probably kill in the future. But I am glad for the knowledge I have gained through experience. Just remember, the plant is probably stronger than you are and has a strong will to live. Give it a chance and see what happens. It's still a learning experience and I'll bet a dollar you see another spike from that Phal!
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um .. Ross ..
are you wagering?..
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:05 PM
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I'll give him a dollar if my orchids make it. Although I think he's only wagering on the phal...not the cat
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I'll give him a dollar if my orchids make it. Although I think he's only wagering on the phal...not the cat
Correctimundo! I don't wager on Cats or Dendros. They're too finicky (for me.) Phals are a given if you meet certain requirements (one of which you know by now - NO FULL SUN!) Keep the plant watered (mine get 2-3 waterings per week) and fertilized (mine get week fertilizer at every watering) and the bet is on
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mine get fertilizer at every watering
What kind of fertilizer do you use? I had some that was in with the spray bottle I misted with, but I've since run out. I figure I'd ask from the experts before I purchased some more.
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