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Old 09-22-2011, 02:02 AM
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Help! Is my orchid dying?

Hello all I am a new orchid owner - recieved my first Phal. (Moth) orchid for my birthday a few weeks ago. Anyhow, I followed the instructions to a T, but one of my leaves was not healthy, it was bent and then got soppy wet. It then fell off, but caused the leaf underneath it to do the same. Since several leaves have fallen and where they were attached to the stem is growing white fuzzy stuff. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:39 AM
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Sound like u have meally bug problem, night want to try neem oil.
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I think crown rot, but I'm not experienced enough to give you a solution, best wait for the others to comment.
But I am wondering, what is with the blue roots??
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I see rot around the crown area which isn't a good sign, but what is all that blue dye?
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With most orchids, you have to be careful about getting water on the leaves if the climate is such that the water doesn't evaporate quickly. If water sits between the leaves, you get rot. I've seen it suggested to pour peroxide into the crown, perhaps you could try that. I got rid of a fast moving rot with alcohol but you can't get this on the roots (I used Cotten balls). If you want to put in a little extra effort, put in a really warm, dry spot and run a fan. When I give phals as gifts, I repot in lava rock (it is difficult to rot orchid roots in this) and tell the recipient 1) no direct sunlight but a bright window 2) don't let the orchid stand in water 3) water when dry 4) don't get water on the leaves and if you do, dry them quickly. If this orchid does die, I hope you will replace it. Orchids are wonderful houseplants and once you figure them out, they are easy. I think most people get into orchids by killing their first phal, joining a forum or reading books, replacing the orchid, then finding it so rewarding they buy more. Good luck, hope this helps,
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it was possibly a 'blue' phal and the dye is still stained on the roots maybe?
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Is that one of the blue-dyed phals? As said above, looks like it's suffering from crown rot. You can, at the very best, halt the rot, but unfortunately no new leaves will come from the crown. Occasionally, phals could create a basal keiki, which is a little plantlet that grows near the bottom of the plant. I personally feel it's more worthwhile to get another phal. Don't be discouraged!
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The blue roots are from blue dye... I received this Phal as a birthday gift from 1-800-Flowers. I am not satisfied at all. I ordered a first one and it was damaged. They replaced it with this one, which was also damaged. Anyways, one of the other leaves is wet now, should I cut it off? Will new leaves sprout next year, or no? This is so frustrating.
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