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Old 04-22-2011, 12:40 PM
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yellowing leaves, but getting more leaves

and getting a second round of buds, but I'm wondering if the roots need checked or if this is normal. It bloomed January thru march and i cut off the stem below the node and it's getting more buds, The upper leaves look good and the new leaf is good, but the bottom ones are shriveling. I repotted it about a year ago. Maybe I should move it to a different window, though it hasn't been hot here yet, so don't think that's the problem. suggestions/advise?
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If it is yellowing from the tip back, that is perfectly normal.
Also if it is the bottom-most leaves, that is also normal--especially since you're getting new leaves.
The plant is just self-regulating.

No worries as far as I can tell. It looks very healthy and robust!
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I agree with Filb that the yellowing leaves are not a concern. Over time, phals lose leaves and replace them, as yours is doing. However, if it has been a year since you repotted, you might want to do so again. I'd tuck the roots that are showing down into the new media. You'll probably get a burst of growth when the roots get their new home!
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My two Phals are doing the same. My Join Angel has a new spike coming and the two bottom leaves are shriveling. I usually cut them off when they are mostly yellow.

Flib & FishmomDo you agree with waiting that long?
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thanks. i'm just paranoid I guess that i'm doing something wrong, Just like when my kids were small, worrying about what might happen. After a couple of years, it finally bloomed, so I'm happy about that and getting more buds, though I don't think they will be as pretty asn the first ones. thanks for your commensD! I may not have beeen a year since repotting, mayabe more like 8 months, but it really took off after I did that!
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Do you agree with waiting that long?
For potting you mean?
I don't know, I think it depends on how your plant is growing (like if it is growing roots way out of the pot) and whether or not the media looks nasty OR if the plant is showing signs of decline.

I've waited up to 2 years to repot some though
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Ladyofthelakes, if you mean when to cut off the older leaves, I usually wait until they just fall off by themselves, which is when the yellowing reaches the area near the center of the plant. That's unless I have a special reason to want it to look clean and green--then I'd cut away. I just generally don't remove a part of a plant until it is absolutely clear to me that the part is no longer helping the plant as a whole, i.e. no green left at all.
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I agree with fishmom,
I leave mine until they fall off that way the plant gets the nutrients from them they need for the new growth that's forming or growing be it leaves or roots.
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