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Questions About Phalaenopsis Orchids

Asked by
mjk_58 on
January 31, 2016

Q. phalaenopsis orchid

I have a plant that grew a stem that now has a plant at the end of the stem. How and where and what do I do to save the baby? There is also a plant coming from the base of the plant. All are extremely healthy.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 1, 2016
Certified Expert
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If you Phalaenopsis Orchid sprouts leaves at the end of it's spike, this is plant growing a new 'baby'!
They are called 'keikis' which is actually the Hawaiian word for baby.

This actually is quite common. Keikis grow quickly and began to sprout more leaves and then aerial roots. When at least 2 to 3 roots are 3 to 4 " long, it can be cut from the mother plant and planted in it's own pot.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/orchid-keiki-care.htm

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Asked by
Alan Ashman on
February 2, 2016

Q. Phalaenopsis orchid leaf loss

I have several Phalaenopsis orchids which flower pretty well in general. However, I have one which has just flowered but the leaves are gradually turning yellow and falling. There is now only one left.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 3, 2016
Certified Expert
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Older leaves that are yellowing are the normal process of the plant aging.
This is no concern and doesn't require any changes.
If the new leaves are yellowing, this is a sign of trouble.
This could be to much light or improper feeding. Increase the light and add orchid fertilizer as directed on the package.
Also be mindful of temperatures, as an orchid that is to cold will show stress with yellowing leaves.
Over watering can also lead to root rot and root loss. Make sure the orchid is properly potted and watered.

Here are some links to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/indoor-orchid-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/orchid-planting-mediums.htm

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Asked by
kavina on
April 4, 2016

Q. orchid care

We have two ‘moth’ orchids that were gifted to my mum. It bloomed quite a bit and then the stem were the nodes were dried off. Is this a usual occurrence and will the stem regrow?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 4, 2016
Certified Expert
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When the flower stem is done blooming, it can be pruned from the orchid.
Here are some articles that will help you care for your plants.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/how-to-prune-an-orchid.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/phalaenopsis-orchid-care.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 8, 2016

Q. Help, I’m killing my plant!

I got a phalaenopsis orchid as a gift last week and it came with a card stating that it needs three ice cubes for watering once a week. I live in Brooklyn, NY and I have the plant on a kitchen counter close to a window north (I think) facing window. I enclosed a picture. Before I replant it, I would like to be sure it can be saved.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 9, 2016
Certified Expert
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Here is a great article to help you with your orchid.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/indoor-orchid-care.htm

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Asked by
Stephaniemarie on
June 12, 2016

Q. Phalaenopsis orchid

One bloom is fading. Do I leave it on the stalk or remove it?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 13, 2016
Certified Expert
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You can prune away the spent flower, with a clean, sterile garden scissor.

When all the flowers on a stem are done, you can prune the stem down to the base of the plant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/indoor-orchid-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/make-orchid-bloom.htm

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Asked by
Athelas7 on
July 21, 2016

Q. Orchids

My miniature phalaenopsis orchid is in trouble! It’s been very healthy for a full year, with lovely green leaves and roots, but I very gently bumped the leaves today while watering today, and they all fell off in one clump! Upon examination, the spot where they connected to the roots is moist and looking rotted. Some of the roots on the top area are paling in color and turning pulpy, and there’s an interesting white powder-like substance on one of them. I hate to let a plant die, so if I can do anything to save it, please give me instruction!

Thanks so much!

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 23, 2016
Certified Expert
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This sounds like a bacterial rot.
It may be beyond treatment from your description.
With sterile tools you can trim the dead and mushy roots.
I would then repot the orchid in clean potting medium.

The links below have more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/common-orchid-problems.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/bacterial-soft-rot.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/repotting-orchid-plants.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/indoor-orchid-care.htm

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Asked by
WILMA G HANSCOME on
February 25, 2017

Q. Orchids

My grocery store-bought moth orchid lost all blooms in the last week. All dropped off, one every couple of days. What is wrong? What did I do to kill it? Is it dead? Can I revive it? Should I re-pot it? I live on PEI Canada. Wilma

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 27, 2017
Certified Expert
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You may have done nothing wrong! Often times a store does not care properly for the plants; light conditions, watering and temperatures.
You can prune the spent orchid flowers and stems from the plant and with proper care, it will bloom again.
These articles will help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/indoor-orchid-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/phalaenopsis-orchid-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/orchids/how-to-prune-an-orchid.htm

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