Friday, February 25, 2011

Phaleanopsis hybrid rehabilitation

One of the things I found while moving the benches out of the greenhouse for repair was this poor thing, a mounted Phal hybrid. It even has a tag! I can tell from the style of the hook on the mount that it was done several years ago.

The roots are firm and turn green when watered. Even without any leaves, this plant is alive. I am going to see if I can get this plant going again.

I have had some success with Phal rescues. My problem starts afterward. My greenhouse has two light levels; bright and very bright. Phals do not do well, they depend on the shade of other plants and the overhead watering keeps potted Phals in danger of crown rot.

I have a section just for Phal rescue that has become a storage area. It consists of three humidity trays in a covered space that allows some light in. When phals sit on the full trays with their toes in the water they start to grow.

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