Drooping petals

Discussion in 'Orchidaceae (orchids)' started by sainclara, May 22, 2008.

  1. sainclara

    sainclara Member

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    Houston, TX, USA
    Hey all!
    I have a phal that has weak roots (noticed it when I was repotting) and because it looks like it hasn't grown stronger newer roots (it STILL has droopy and soft, leathery leaves), should I sacrifice the bloom stalk in the hopes of saving the plant? It seems to be putting out too much energy blooming the plant, and the few blooms it has are small and weak, and the petals of all the earlier blooms have started to droop.
    p/s: The roots were about 80% soggy and shriveled up about a month ago....
    So cut it off?
  2. terrestrial_man

    terrestrial_man Active Member 10 Years

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    Definitely. Sounds like the plant is on its last leg. Pretty weak from what you are saying. Be sure to repot into fresh bark, keep in high (80%) humidity, warm in mid 70F
    (21+C), and a fan for light air movement may be helpful as well. If the roots recover from the rot be sure to repot yearly or change the amount of watering you are doing or use net pots.

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