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DrLeslieEe

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I got this stem prop plant from Hamilton Orchids (of Apopka) at Redlands. It’s flowering from an old spike while developing a new spike. I love the neon violet colour. This is why I collect novelty phals because of these bright glowing colours.

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I should be a warning before opening! Sunglasses required. Do not look into the flower lol
 

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Such astounding color combo. I love Phals. because
they (or mine anyway) bloom just when I need that
shot of winter color.
 

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I see a new spike on the plant. More bright blooms on their way!

Warning: put sunglasses on before opening new pics!
 

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Hi Linus, I just switched my novelty phals to semi-water culture. This means it sits on 1 cm of water, in a low plastic tray. Roots grow into them rather than in the air.
The bottom 2 cm is clay pellets, then bark mix perlite/charcoal (2/3rd of clear plastic pot), lastly toppe last 2 cm with NZ moss.
 

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Thanks Jen. They do brighten my days. Here are some more in bloom now:

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I’m facing a repot on recently acquired Phal Orchid World. This plant, in spike, has aerial roots about a foot long. If I top dress the plant with a thick layer of rather loose spag I could curl them round the top of plant under the moss. Do you experts have another solution to aerial roots?

Almost forgot...your blooms are so beautiful!!! Colors just pop!
 

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Thanks! It phal season and many are in spike.

For aerial roots, I wet them really really well during repotting and stick them gently into the pot.
 

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Thank you . I have the pot setting in a dish of damp spa g and roots covered with more damp spag. I’m waiting on delivery of Sponge Rock. Must mail order, no orchid nurseries around me.
 
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