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By: Andrew perchard | Date: Feb 21, 2010 |
I was given an orchid (a phal, I think) in December 2008. Though the orchid came with some limited instructions, I have no knowledge of how to tend for orchids. It shed the first flowers some time ago now and has not flowered since. Over the last four months, it has sprouted long green shoots that started off as buds. Concurrently the stalks above it have dried up. Are the shoots the beginnings of a new plant, or are they likely to flower? Should I prune back the dead stalks? Grateful for any tips. If it would help in diagnosing the conditions and steps to be taken, I can post a digital photo.

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 18, 2010 | AboutOrchids
With new leaves and roots, it sounds like you're on the right track for new flowers, but Phals flower on their own schedules. New flower spikes are green; new roots are silvery white. Cooler fall nights can help induce new spikes, but they may take months to grow and bloom on some varieties. Keep light levels high, but no direct sun for Phals.

By: Christa | Date: Feb 17, 2010 |
My phal. is growing nicely, new leaves, new roots. When should I look for new flowers? And how do flower spikes look? Different from roots? Or the same? I think I have the basic care down. I read somewhere that cooler fall weather helps induce flowers, so I did move it outside for a daily dose of cool by I had to bring it in daily also when it got too hot. As you can tell, I'm a novice at orchids.

By: THERESA | Date: Feb 17, 2010 |
Thanks for the input on forced re-blooming!

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 17, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Pam: Orchid flowers eventually fade, but if you think yours are dying prematurely, common causes include too much or too little water, low humidity, low light, or cold temps. Check basic orchid info also.

To Pat: That's a broad question, and it's tough to answer without knowing what kind of orchid you have, how big it is, etc. Usually dividing is done when repotting, around #4 in my repotting steps.

To Janice: Miltonias may lose older leaves, but if all its leaves have died, that's a bad sign. If it is still alive, it will be difficult to revive.

By: pam ledford | Date: Feb 16, 2010 |
Help, first the flowers fell off then the stalks turned black. Can I save it? What do I do next?

By: PAT PATTON | Date: Feb 16, 2010 |

By: janice price | Date: Feb 16, 2010 |
i have a miltonia orchid the leaves have gradually gone brow and died is this normal will it come back

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Feb 16, 2010 | AboutOrchids
I think it's normal. Some orchids may only smell at certain times of day. Others lose their scents with time, even though the flowers may remain longer.

By: Jolanta | Date: Feb 15, 2010 |
My Miltonias don't smell anymore. Is it normal or I'm doing something wrong? Help!

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