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By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 28, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Check basic care info for Phals. I recommend that you cut off the old flower stems. Use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution. As long as temps are warm enough, your Phal will enjoy being outdoors again. Continue to fertilize regularly with a weak fertilizer solution.

By: Libby | Date: May 27, 2010 | about orchids
I was given a phal orchid at the end of last summer. I kept it on a shaded outdoor porch and it was budding when I brought it in in the Fall. It bloomed all winter, first on one stem, then on the other. Now the last blooms are gone. My questions may be simple-minded, but do I cut the stems off? Both are turning brown. It's still inside. Should I return it to the porch? Stop fertilizing? This is the first orchid I've been successful with and I don't want to lose it! Thanks.

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 27, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Phals are known for flowers that can last weeks or even months, but if the blooms were already open when you received yours, there's no way to know when they'll drop. Common causes of premature flower loss include too much or too little water, allowing the plant to sit in water, low humidity, and inadequate light.

By: Jenny | Date: May 26, 2010 |
I received a beautiful phal orchid for Secretary day and was wondering how long the blooms will last. Last week, one flower became limp and this past weekend, 3 more became limp.

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 23, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Robin: All orchids want high humidity, so you should spritz it regularly. It's a good idea to increase watering when it's budding and flowering.

To Sally: Even Phal flowers won't last forever, but that doesn't mean that there's any problem with your plant. If you think that your flowers are fading prematurely, it's possible that warmer temps or longer daylight hours mean that your orchid needs more water.

By: Robin | Date: May 23, 2010 |
I have a phalaenopsis that has new buds and it has bark in it's pot. I had it for less than a year, I was wondering since I live in the dry Southwest Colorado area if I should be spritzing water on it as well as giving it water once week? Also do you water the more or less when it is budding and flowering?

Thanks for answering

By: Sally King | Date: May 23, 2010 |
My husband got me a phalaenopsis orchid for Val. Day and it did great until last couple weeks. One step died and the other flowers are wilting. What should I do? The store recommended 2 ice cubes per week which seemed to work for 3 months! I have the light right according to what I have read. Does it die back naturally?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 20, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Your orchid has entered a new growth cycle, and the growth you've described sounds like new roots. Be sure to provide good humidity and regular water.

By: Lois | Date: May 19, 2010 |
I have had my orchid over a year. It has not bloomed since it lost its flowers. The leaves look healthy and now there is new growth. There is also a new nodular growing downward toward the soil. I though this was a new stem, but it is growing into the dirt. What's going on?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: May 5, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Dana: Some orchids, like Phals and Epidendrums, can re-grow a flower stem, but most others will stop blooming. The plant is still alive, and can bloom again with good basic care. Many varieties can bloom more than once a year.

To Lisa: Do not repot while the orchid is blooming or you will lose the flowers. Check this post on Reading Your Orchid's Leaves. Cymbidiums do need bright light, but poor drainage can also cause black or yellow areas. If the blooms are holding up, then the plant is not severely stressed, and can wait for repotting.

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