Saturday, June 1, 2013

Phaleanopsis Taisuco Swan x Taisuco Mercy

Phaleanopsis roots are green if they are exposed to light. They can do a little photosynthsis and can get by without leaves, at least for awhile. This particular plant I have had for a long time and almost killed. At the point where the last leaf fell off, I decided to see if I could rescue it.

Photo by Richard Lindberg

It has been a slow process, but there are now three leaves. My greenhouse is not good for Phals, way too bright. Still, I wanted to try mounted Phals, both on cork and in a teak basket turned on it's side.


  1. Please discuss your rescue method! While it's common for us beginners to kill at least one or two Phals, bringing them back from the dead usually isn't in our skill set....

  2. I actually joined originally the orchid community because I was so frustrated about killing every one of my Phals all the times that I was desperate for advice!
    The lesson is simple if you look at them how they are growing in nature! They are not made for growing up right in a planter in the first place because they are hanging down from the trees and it looks awsome if you hit the right season. I was lucky enough my self in Costa Rica' s cloud mountains. There is the next catch dictated by nature. They like the light conditions

  3. And the humidity levels.So as Richard suggests mounting them isreally the bestway togo and make sure that the tiop leaves of the plant kind of hang down a little, so water that might puddle up there will easily run off.
    So why are they sold anyways? From the point of view of the nurserys, businessmen, they are easy to propagate, fast growing plants, even in the cheapest medium possible -they flower fast and abundantly what the byers like and they can be sold cheaper. Nothing really to do with being the easiest plant per se! So beginners don 't worry! It is not all your fault! Hope that is a relief for some people!

  4. Having all that said however thy can be the most rewarding plant because they flower every year and the better you can take care of them the better and easier they will flower for you. Now it is one of my favorite plants to be mounted and I hang them mostly on the north side of the house ( I am growing out side all year here in Florida) orunder the trees. if you are growing give them your east facing window, put a squeeze rod in and hang them all high and let the flower spikes drop downwards. I have a couple of mounting examples on my facebook page since I just pick up drift wood from the river, long pieces, take even the worse looking 99 ct plants out of the planter and slab them with line on a log

  5. One of FoP's comments brought this story to mind. A friend of mine once received a beautiful Phalie from a florist. It was really a gorgeous plant, pure white, perfect flower shape, but best of all, it had THREE huge, arching flower stems with dozens of flowers. When I got it home and started to repot, I discovered, to my horror, that it was actually three separate plants all crammed in on top of each other! Each plant had one flower stem and the florist had smashed them into the same basket so it appeared as if the top plant was growing all three. The top plant was surrounded by moss, so the illusion was perfect.
    As FoP said, "From the point of view of the nurserys, businessmen, they are easy to propagate, fast growing plants." They are just a profit center. They don't really care about the individual plants like we hobby growers do. They realize that most of the plants they sell will die anyway, so if a greater profit can be made, why not sacrifice three instead of only one?
    In any case, I did manage to save two of them - the bottom on was crushed beyond redemption.
    And Richard, congratulations for trying to save a plant that far gone. Usually doesn't work for me, but there's always hope!

  6. All that's fine and good - and I have grown a number of varieties quite successfully for several years now, but still consider myself a beginner in comparison to Richard. However, even the most experienced grower loses one from time to time. Growing advice isn't the same as rescue technique! Therefore, my hope for a post on the rescue stands. Thank you all for your good intentions.

  7. Basia, I agree, growers lose plants. I certainly have.

    The Phal rescue was an exercise, to help me broaden my experience. I don't do many of them.

    I will put together a page on Phal rescues, but generally they are so inexpensive that it is not worth the effort.

  8. I look forward to it! It's true that phals are so commonplace now, but I recently lost one that had been a gift from my husband.... That changed the value! ;-)