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Old 05-13-2010, 07:25 AM
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PHALS IN NEED OF ATTENTION>
please advise.thanks.
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:30 AM
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underwatering...they need to stay more moist, you dont want phals to dry completely out....i would suggest a pot culture instead of baskets....the baskets stay too dry....repot in a medium texture bark mix and water every 7 days or so.....
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Old 05-13-2010, 11:53 AM
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Yes repot it and use perhaps a different medium looks like mostly charcoal?
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I wouldn't recommend potting phals in baskets as dounoharm mentioned. Phal like to stay moist but not soggy wet. In a basket enviroment, it will dry out too fast. There are three plants if I'm correct. The second nd third plant look severely dehydrated. Repot into sphag moss if watering is a task. With moss, you'll have to water less often.

The first one seems to have some kind of fungal infection.
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I agree with everything that's been said above: dehydrated, need more watering more often, need repotting into pots with a different medium. They all look like they've been given a bit too much light.

In addition, the last phal looks a bit sunburned and also looks like it's in a ceramic pot. Does the pot have drainage holes? Any orchid pot must have drainage holes or the roots will rot.
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The first one might be spider mite, looks speckly (although the pic is blurry). Turn leaves over, and check for tiny webs or teensy insects. If it is, I can't remember what you should use, but someone else will know.
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Unhappy sick phals

Thanks ALL,
the first is a underside of an healthy orchid,but just dropped 1 yellow leaf.The others are another phal trying to recover in the ceramic pot with one hole at the bottom of pot.one centre leaf of moved from basket.A fresh mix of coconut chip and charcoal has been used.
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...the first is a underside of an healthy orchid,...
You must mean unhealthy orchid. Right? It doesn't look healthy. It looks like it has been dehybrated and may have a mite infestation.
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I wouldn't recommend potting phals in baskets as dounoharm mentioned. Phal like to stay moist but not soggy wet. In a basket enviroment, it will dry out too fast. There are three plants if I'm correct. The second nd third plant look severely dehydrated. Repot into sphag moss if watering is a task. With moss, you'll have to water less often.

The first one seems to have some kind of fungal infection.
If I can grow phals mounted in OH...basket culture can be done in Karachi...IF the plants' needs can/are met.

Over-watering and under-watering will present in the same manner. Without knowing the culture given, I would be hesitant to immediately say it's a result of not enough watering.

How have you been growing your phals to date?
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rest of the leaves and roots ok. This is now on the underside of 1 leaf.I should have clarified this.
The other photos of the repotted in ceramic.
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After looking at my comment...I thought I should better explain my reasoning here. Under-watering does appear to be the issue...that seems quite logical...but because of a personal experience, I'm always more cautious about that diagnosis w/out further info.

A couple years ago I had a mounted phal...on cork...w/a healthy pad of sphag. I watered it every day but after a month is was looking dehydrated. Sooo...it was on a mount...the logical thought processes told me it needed more water. I began watering 2x a day. It got worse and worse. My thoughts at the time were that on a mount...even w/water 2x/day it still wasn't getting enough moisture which to me said I need to un-mount and pot it up. Upon un-mounting, I discovered every single root had rotted. In Ohio...not great humidity all the time...I still rotted roots on a mounted phal. Is this common...probably not but it happened. That was my hard learned lesson.

How often are you watering the plant?
Is there anything in the basket w/the roots?
How much light is the plant getting each day and for how long?
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A ceramic pot with one hole in the bottom is not enough drainage or air circulation to the roots. The pot is a big part of your problem.
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sick phals.

Katrina Hi!
Thanks.The plant in ceramic is the one repotted from basket (which was in the green house) then it was not improving so basket was moved to shaded place.Still the leaves were not recovering though I removed the 2 spikes Originally it came in plastic pot and was kept indoor.Now it is in ceramic with 1 hole in the bottom. kept in shaded/light area.
Two root nodes are appearing at the base ? May recover!

Th first photo is of a Phal.with underside of leaves have spots no insects.I am spraying with insecticide.it had dropped one bottom leaf after turning yellow.

The third smallest phal I bought from sing. years ago as baby, has dropped one leaf after some blackening,which I have removed bot this was at appex.
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Wink phal. sick but seems recovering?

THANKS all of you.This phal center leaf still seems fine .It has not dropped the crinkled other leaves.Little nodes at base.I did not repot (third time!) so not to disturb the plant.

Hoping it will recuperate?
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