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Asked by mjk_58@yahoo.com on January 31, 2016
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.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
Phalaenopsis Orchid

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

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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!

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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
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

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

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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