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Wrinkled New buds

I'm a newbie at Orchids. I have a Phal that has 3 new buds on it, but in the last few days they have become wrinkled and sagging. I'm afraid they will blast. What is wrong? Not enough water? I run water through the plant every 3-4 days, and try to remember to mist daily. It is in a wooden slat planter with bark medium. The roots look spendid and are growing out of the planter in many locations, even the bottom so I have to hang this plant. Can anyone give me some insight as to what is happening?
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with misting are you misting the flower buds ?
how long have you had this Phal it maybe blasting due to being moved into your conditions.
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No, I'm not misting the buds, only the roots and leaves and only in the morning. I've had this Phal about 9 months, and moved it inside a couple months ago to protect it from the too cool fall nights. It is in an un-heated room, hanging over a humidity tray. Temp about 65 degrees, humidity around 65% with overhead fluorescent lighting. But I have only fertilized it once in the last 30 days, and I used a 11-35-15 Better-Gro Bloom buster. Do I need to soak the plant when watering or just run water though it?
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Watering the plant every 3-4 days & misting everyday sounds a little excessive. I would check the roots for rot. If they show signs of rotting I would re-pot the plant, cutting off the roten roots & hope it will recover. The flowers sound like they are gone either way you go.
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First off I want to welcome you to the forum!!!

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It is in a wooden slat planter with bark medium.
Sounds like you have it in a Vanda basket. If this is the case then the watering schedule shouldn't be a problem.

Is there a way that you can post pictures of the plant. I know that you have to have 5 posts before you can upload pictures. Please post pics as soon as you can as I think this might be more of a bug problem.
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The 2 buds dropped off today. And I see very, very tiny moisture droplets on the stalk. I'm guessing overwatering?
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hi, and welcome!

in my experience, bud blast has happened due to a variation in temp. it could be from moving the plant to this new location also be from any number of variants in the new environment.

i don't, however, think it's due to your watering schedule.

if all the buds fall, you can cut it back to 1" before the next node. with luck, it may put out a subspike in time for the Holidays.
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The moisture on the stem could be honeydew (secretions usually made while blooming, or when the plant is happy). I would also look for pests, as some will leave behind these secretions, and they may have munched your buds causing them to abort. Welcome to the forum.

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