Posted by Amy on August 02, 2003 at 11:29:48:
In Reply to: Thanks, Amy also, ?? Yellowing Stems?? posted by dawn on August 02, 2003 at 09:52:12:
No expertise here! ha. Just hard learning from hard mistakes I made myself. Yes, your orchid still needs to be near a window. Phals take a "little light" compared to other orchids but it should be getting very bright indirect light (1500cf). Which means E. window. But be careful b/c my E windows in Sunny So. Cal. are a bit too bright and it can sunburn so my blinds are pulled for a "shade house" effect. Your plant needs the light to grow new leaves and to store energy in the form of sugar for it's next flowering.
The stems that are drying out sound as if they are finished and won't bloom again. But if you don't mind the looks of the sticks, you can leave them on while they dry out. It is possible that (by increasing your humidity in the room) you will get new flower spike shooting out from one of the lower nodes on the current spikes. Not likely as they are getting dried out now. But possible. Also, by allowing the stems to dry out on their own (when they dry they do turn yellow then red then brown) you reduce the risk of infection for your orchid when you cut the spike off. If you do decide to cut the spike off before it dries out, use a clean sharp blade or scissor and make a strong, clean cut. The dab a bit of household cinnamon on the "wound" to prevent infection. Your choice---to cut or not to cut?!?
Enjoy. Good luck. Amy
: Thanks for all ur expertise. It is much appreciated! I am dying to buy another orchid. But I will wait til i find a nursery.
: I do have two questions tho. Being that my orchid has no flowers or buds, does it still need a lot of light. Two, i feel that cutting those stems has been a big mistake. The stems are slowly turning redish yellow and look as if they are drying out. It started at the tips where i cut, and it seems to be spreading down. Is there anything i can do?
: Also, i think the roots seem to be okay. But i do know what root rot looks like and i will post for help if i need to repot.
: Thanks again!