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Old 06-21-2011, 08:14 PM
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help with my plant

I'm not sure why my orchid is doing this. And am not sure how to cut back the stem if i need to. I repotted the orchid a few weeks ago.

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Old 06-21-2011, 08:18 PM
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Hi, and welcome to Orchid Geeks!

Is this a new, growing spike, or has it already bloomed? It looks a bit like an old spike that is dying back naturally.

If it's a new spike, I'm not sure what to tell you...perhaps others will be able to help you.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:25 PM
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It looks like a spike that has already flowered and if so, I would use a clean utensil to cut the spike as close to the plant as possible without hurting any leaves. You may want to sprinkle some cinnamon where the fresh cut is to prevent infection.
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It has a new shoot up at the top that is still green, but the main stem is the one that is turning yellow. When you say to cut it back to the leaves, you mean almost to the pot it is in ?

sorry, i'm really really green at this...ha.ha

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this is better pic of new stem/branch. The main stem is yellow right to the new growth one. I'm assuming it will also turn yellow and die away ?

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Old 06-21-2011, 08:54 PM
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For now, just prune the dying spike to just above where the new branch is growing. Hopefully new buds will form and bloom for you. Please share when it does!
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thank you !! I will
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Welcome to the Geeks! If the flower spike is mostly dead or dying, even if there is a little green on the end, it's probably done blooming, so get as close to the main stalk as you can without cutting any of the leaves or the main plant and cut the spike off. Cinnamon should be sprinkled on the cut, this is a natural fungicide and protects the plant from infection. There is always lots of help to be found here, so good luck and Didn't see the branch in first pic, so yes cut just the dead. Second pic came up after this post, glad I caught it in time(WHEW!)
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thank you, i cut it off as close to the new growth as possible and sprinkled straight cinnamon on the "wound"

appreciate all your help

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What you have is a subspike with the original spike dying off. It may or may not continue to die off in which case the subspike may not make it either. You mentioned you had repotted a few weeks ago. Do you recall what the condition of the roots were? If they were good, not issues. If they were not so good; ie mushy, black then seeing the subspike could signal a last ditch effort to stay alive. If that is the case, I would cut the spike all the way down so all the energy can go back into the plant rather than the subspike. I think a bit more info would be helpful.
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overwatering

I think i am overwatering my Orchid.....see pics. I tipped the container sideways and water just continue to pour out....and it is very smelly....i poured all the water out....should i just let it dry out now or do i need to do something else ?

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I think i am overwatering my Orchid.....see pics. I tipped the container sideways and water just continue to pour out....and it is very smelly....i poured all the water out....should i just let it dry out now or do i need to do something else ?

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Smelly is not good and beig able to pour water out of the pot is not good either. You need a pot with lots of drainage holes and even air holes in the side(not as needed), if your plant is a Phal they don't like sitting in water. I would repot and first check the roots for brown mushy ones which can be cut off(black also) then put in new pot. Depending on how many roots you have to cut it might even be a smaller pot, you want just enough room to get a finger in between roots and side. Try to use a good potting mix, I like a bark, charcoal and perlite mix but this too depends on the type of Orchid. Find the skewer method thread of monitoring your moisture level in you pot and provide air movement around your Orchid. Hope this helps and good luck
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you must let the water drain out of the pot, you phalaenopsis or any orchid for that matter cannot sit in water in the method you or how many people grow theirs. if the pot it is in doesn't have drainage holes then you may have to drill some or maybe pot your phal in a different pot, smelly water is a bad thing because it means that there is bacteria and phals to my knowledge should be kept moist but not wet
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oh and what ever you do dont use the icecube method
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Thank you Michael, appreciate it. I will repot and get a new pot with drainage holes.
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your welcome, and i hope you continue to use the forum because it is simply a well of information that you come across that is helpful in future situations.

also did you know that you shouldnt get water into the crown of your phal. (the crown is the base of the leaves). some growers have grown their phals so water is no problem but to be on the safe side try watering straight into the pot otherwise you may get crown rot wich will almost certainly kill your plant, i had one of my phals die of crown rot just last month (i obviously wasn't careful enough)(see the attached photos to see what crown rot looks like)
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