Posted by nicolesupple on November 14, 2002 at 22:02:21:
In Reply to: Propogate orchids babies on stem posted by Jeff Jarvie on July 11, 2002 at 17:38:48:
They are amazing plants, they regenerate as they get older and begin to die out. Let your babies grow to about 1-3", by then they should have roots at their base, either break or cut them off and put them into sphagnum moss. When the roots really get going, plant into very coarse perlite and sphagnum moss at the rate of 10 parts of perlite to one part of milled sphagnum moss. Gently fertiliser every 10 days with seaweed (Maxicrop). After established in small 3-4" pots, put into a 6" pot. as phaels are gross feeders and grow all year round from late aug til april feed twice weekly at half strength fertiliser (as per bottle recommendations) and from april to late aug fertilise every two weeks with same. we have found with clear pots or opaque pots, the roots stay in the pot getting more light. as phaels are epiphites their roots source light but in these pots the roots stay down and stay much harder whereas in a black pot they are soft and rot very easily. we would suggest that you drench your orchids with fongarid monthly. also periodically (every 6-8 weeks) spray the foliage with kocide. this prevents bacterial leaf rot which shows as black spots on the leaves. watering is most important, water mid-morning with lukewarm water and make sure that the foliage is dry by nightfall, this eliminates alot of fungal problems.