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The Orchid Forum became so popular that we had to move it to a new page in the blog section of the site. Thanks for all of your great questions and answers; they will be kept here for reference, so feel free to look through the information. If you do not find an answer to your question, please visit the new Question & Answers page on the About Orchids Blog and ask it there. Thanks!

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By: AboutOrchids | Date: Mar 29, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Johnny: Common causes for Phal flower problems include too much or too little water, allowing the orchid to sit in water, dry air, or cold temps. Some tough modern hybrids can handle cold water, but many orchids cannot. Use water 65F (18C) or above for Phals.

To Sanjay: It's your decision when to cut the flowers, but when you do, use a sharp scissors cleaned with hot water & soap, rubbing alcohol, or bleach solution.

By: Johnny | Date: Mar 28, 2010 |

I bought my mother some Phalaenopsis, 3 separate, white, fuchsia and dotted white...they are potted separately in plastic pots and gathered in one big arrangement...the umbloomed flowers on the white Phalaenopsis have been turning yellow and falling out before they bloom, it happened 3 times with 3 flowers....please help, thanks.

One more thing, you mentioned to not water Phalaenopsis with cold water, by cold do you mean normal tap temperature? should it be warm water?

Thank you in advance,

By: Sanjay Daniel | Date: Mar 28, 2010 |
When to cut its flowers?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Mar 27, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Deborah: Check out info on repotting. There are many different potting media that work for orchids, like shredded bark, moss, or coconut husk chips.

To Wvgranny: Blooms fade as part of the plant's natural life cycle. If you think yours are fading prematurely, common causes include too much or too little water, allowing the orchid to sit in water, dry air, or cold temps. To get your plant to bloom again, it will help to identify it so you can learn its specific care needs. If you can't ID it, check this generic orchid care info.

To Dave: Check info for Wvgranny above. Orchids want brighter light, not a dark location, during winter, even if they're dormant. Check out this post on seasonal light.

By: Deborah RHodes | Date: Mar 27, 2010 |
I have an orchid that is planted in volcanic rocks. I want to repot it, but I don't know what medium or pot to use. Can someone help me?

By: wvgranny | Date: Mar 27, 2010 |
why are blooms falling off? What do I do to get my plant to bloom again?d

By: Dave | Date: Mar 26, 2010 |
I was wondering how to get my orchids to bloom again. They were extremely beautiful last year and about November of last year I put them in a dark location with less water and fertilizer. I have them out again near a sunny location and they did not lose their leaves. What do I do now?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Mar 24, 2010 | AboutOrchids
Check out this post about Reading your Orchid's Leaves. Older Phal leaves will eventually yellow and drop, but this isn't a problem as long as new leaves grow to replace them.

By: Pat | Date: Mar 23, 2010 |
What can cause a Phaleanopsis leaf to turn yellow?

By: AboutOrchids | Date: Mar 23, 2010 | AboutOrchids
To Vee: The mold suggests that your problem is overwatering or allowing the pot to sit in water, and the roots have rotted. Some orchids can survive with few roots until they grow replacements, but you need to repot and water carefully.

To Sharon: You can split the orchids when you repot. The orchids may not mind being packed tight, and if you place the pot into a larger, heavier pot, it may keep it from tipping over.

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