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29 June 2019 - Week 1

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29 June 2019 - Week 1


For the past week I have been focussed on watering these mini-Phals frequently so they get accustomed to the clay pellets, heat, lack of humidity that is Sacramento.  So far, so good, nobody has keeled over yet.  I left the spikes and have not cut them back.  Eventually the current blooms will fade and need to be removed.


When watering, and they are being "drowned" I would tap the side of the glass to shift and settle the clay pellets so they surround and secure the roots as much as possible.  I would also tweak the mini-Plal for a better position on the clay pellets so the base of the stem is just below the surface.


In my growing area, they are carefully positioned so as to never be in direct light.


On Saturday, 29 June 2019,  "Arya" and "Robb" received a dunking of ironite, fish and kelp juice and SUPERthirve (this combination promotes healthy roots and green leaves).  The healthier and greener the leaves, the more photosynthesis can take place even in shade conditions.  "Arya", "Bran" and "Robb", also received a scattering of Osmocote (14-14-14) time-release pellets.  I placed about 6 to 8 pellets on the surface so they could dissolve feeding the roots.  I will replace these pellets end of August.


Next update be on 6 July 2019 after "Arya" and "Robb" get a taste of Miracle-Gro basic fertilizer at 30-nitrogen 10-phosphate 10-potasium.  Keep in mind that for "Arya", "Bran" and "Robb"this be on top of the (14-14-14) from the Osmocote so the additional fertilizer be diluted even more as to not burn or cause shock to the mini-Phals.


In the meantime they will be watered as required and the reservoir will be flushed as well removing the previous feeding material.


Stay tuned....


2 July 2019

Call me a "ninny" if you want, but the last few days I have been paying close attention to humidity and in general it is not meeting the minimum requirements for Phals.  I had to solve this problem and a quick trip to a retail home improvement center did just the trick. I purchased a 12-inch deep translucent  plastic container and a second container half as deep.  The Phals go in the deep container, add water for humidity, place the shallow container on top but not securly, as I want to leave room to allow for ventilation.  The container is on my balcony in shade, never in direct light.  It is two early to tell how this is working but in theory it should solve the humidity issue by allowing the level of humidity to increase to a point well above the minimum 60-percent  that Phals. prefer. 




Prior to this home-made remedy, one Phal suffered  some leaf damage.  "Sansa" seems to have a drop of water on a leaf, and it did not fully evaporate right away and as night time temperatures dipped, that water damaged the leaf leaving what can only be described as a "chicken pox scar".  This is why orchids with fleshy leaves should be dry before the sun sets.  Itt looks as if the "scar" got a little bigger in diameter.  This was one of the reasons I wanted to resolve my lack of humidity issue.  All other leaves look in the best possible condition. 


Also appears to be some yellowing on the leaf tips. 















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