Hi, Dawn....

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Posted by Amy on July 30, 2003 at 20:04:33:

In Reply to: i keep killing my orchids! what am i doing wrong? posted by dawn on July 28, 2003 at 20:55:13:

Hi, Dawn! I am relatively new to orchids as well only a bit over a year now. So I am no expert by any means. But no worries because phals are fairly easy. I believe you are correct that the buds on your phals "blasted" due to being in the kitchen. Could be heat, could be ethelyne gas from ripe fruit around, could be decreased humidity, etc.

Typically we newbies tend to overwater our orchids, esp. phals. The remaining phal you have now, how long have you had it? You say it is "going strong"? Does that mean it is growing a new leaf? How often are you watering? Is it in a window? Do you use A/C or fans with open windows for summer cooling? Where do you live? East, west, north, or south facing window? Can you tell what it is potted in? Is it in bark pieces and if so, how big are the pieces? Where did you purchase said plant? How often do you water and are you using any fertilizer? Are you using tap water, rain water, water from a water softener (baaaad thing to do to an orchid)? I know this seems like a ton of questions, but they truly are relevant in answering your question.

If you respond, we can help you to figure out how to save your last phal. And we can help you get even more addicted! Ha!


: hi. i have recently become very interested in orchids. At this point, i have had only phals. the problem is that i keep killing them. the minute i get the plant home, within a few days all of the flowers die. This happened with teh first 2. and eventually the whole plant died. Alot was trial and error and i have learned a lot more about taking care of them. By the third plant (the one i have now) i thought i figured it all out but a few days later, the flowers all died--there were about 12 flowers and buds and they all fell off. After it happened i realized that maybe it was from having it on a table near the stove, where it was perhaps too hot? I moved it into the bedroom and the plant has been going strong. Though i thought i would be seeing new blooms by now which i have not. So then i cut above some the nodes and now teh tips of each stem (there are about 4) are turning yellow. HELP! i really want to get into orchids but it doesn't seem i have the green thumb for it.

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