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Old 07-12-2018, 09:43 PM
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Yellow stem and leaves on my Phal

Hi ! I'm brand new so can't post photos yet. I was gifted seven Phals on the first anniversary of my husbands passing. All went well for the first six months and then when the spikes lost their buds I re potted them all; roots were a terrible mess and all most non existent. I got some advice from UTube and put some in semi water culture and some in Lyca beads; non had enough roots to pot up. Most are doing well, but suddenly one of them ( a really robust plant that was double spiked and loaded with blooms) has it's stem turning yellow along with leaf. Might it be a lack of nutrients finally catching up with her? And how will I feed these guys in their present lack of roots condition?
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Old 07-13-2018, 12:48 AM
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Dahlia, it will be hard to give advice without pictures. Just make a few random comments in other people's threads and the you will be able to post pictures. That will help you get good advice.
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photos of my sick Phal

tried to upload photos but I got an error message. I thought I replied/posted on members threads the required five times. I must be doing something else wrong?

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dahlia, when I post pictures I follow this procedure:
1. Use the "Post Reply" button, not the "Quick Reply".
2. Write the post, then scroll down to "Manage Attachments". Click on that and a box will open prompting you to "Browse" in order to add a file.
3. Navigate to the picture you want to post, wherever it is on your computer. Open it and the file name will appear where the "Browse" prompt was. You can upload more than one than one picture at a time, but it is slower.
4. Click on "Upload" and the file name (IMG1427.jpeg, for example) will appear above the "Manage Attachments" button.
5. Finally, click on "Submit New Thread" at the very bottom of the box. The picture(s) should appear as thumbnails in your post.

This is not the only method, but it works for me. There are also a couple of threads about posting pictures in the Newbie section.
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Old 07-14-2018, 10:41 PM
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tried again

This is the message i got:

"Your submission could not be processed because a security token was missing.

If this occurred unexpectedly, please inform the administrator and describe the action you performed before you received this error."
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:12 PM
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Have you tried another browser? Restarting your computer?
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Yes, i use either FireFox or MS Explorer...and go thru a scan and shut down after each use...i'm thinking, after reading old posts on uploading photos that my old camera is saving them to large to be uploaded... way above my pay grade (and technical abilities) to fix... i'm stymied.
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:33 PM
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Old 07-14-2018, 11:52 PM
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success!

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just hope it's not too small to view

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Yay, I can see them! #8 is better than #9, which appears cropped. Anyway, it looks to me like the crown is rotted, which is why the yellow is spreading from the base of the leaf out. Water caught in the crown can lead to this. Nutrients are the last thing to suspect; orchids need very little in the way of nutrients to survive, but water and air are crucial.

It's hard to tell from your picture, but are the roots still firm? If they are soft and mushy, i.e. rotten, I'd say the plant is certainly a goner. If the roots are firm, you might be able to get the plant to start a new leaf with warmth, humidity, and low light. Theoretically, your water culture container should provide that, but the plant clearly is not liking it. You might try "sphag & bag"--if you do a search there are many comments about it.

I realize the plant has sentimental value to you, but it does not look hopeful.
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Sorry for your loss. I too was given orchids on my husbands passing. Iím hopeful yours can be recovered.
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the roots were terribly rotted; lots of black mush and smell... There is only one short green, firm root. I have spagnum moss handy (the hermit crabs like it) and will try that method. Or maybe putting her is the seed starting room on a heat mat with the grow lights and humidifier going?
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I googled root rot and lots of info came up but Iím not allowed to send a link. One I thought may be worth checking was Chicago botanic gardens. I do hope you save your phal. The other thing is that in the wild the roots are not always damp. Maybe moss is too wet for them.



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