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06 July 2019 - Week 2


(01 July 2019)


For the last 2 weeks, high temperatures have been reasonable, less than 98-degrees, but humidity is below 40%.  Phals. appreciate humidity staying above 60-percent, will tolerate daily temperatures into the mid and upper 90's with ventilation as well as bright, but definitely not direct light.


Earlier this week I noticed that "Littlefinger's" leaves showed signs of dehydration.  Phal leaves should be flat with a sheen on them.  LitleFinger's leaves all are dull and showing signs of ridges running parallel with the leaef's stem.  They are also slightly flimsy and "leathery" or "like freshly worked leather.  All signs of possible dehyration.   It is also possible that one afternoon when I was not paying attention I forgot to monitor the Phals to make sure they were not in direct light one afternoon.  One day of direct light on a hot day with little humidity can be the end of a Phal.  I also am aware that Littlefinger also has the fewest roots.  Perhaps another contributing factor to what looks very much like dehydration.




I remember having an old dishpan set, the deep plastic bottom and a high somewhat transparent lid.  This item fit nicely on the bottom shelf of a greenhouse so I can check off safe lighting conditions for Phals.  Extra water in the dispan for humidity - check.  The current plastic cups fit in the dishpan in the mini greenhouse so there they sit.  The lid is not on securly, but rather kind of partially closed to allow for ventilation.  Hopefully this arrangment solve any issues regarding a lack of humidity these phals might endure while they develop new roots to be acclimated.


A few times each day, but not after 5:00pm - I give the Phal leaves a good spritzing.  Before 11:00AM and again at bout 3:00PM, I dip the root zone in water for a couple minutes.  Now that they enjoy the high humidity enviornment in the mini-greenhouse, I dip once per day and maybe just spritz once or twice.


For my other Phal. project that might be suffering the same situation (lack of humidity) I was off to Home Depot and puchased two somewhat clear plastic totes.  One is 12-inches deep, the other is 6 inches deep and these two totes establish aan area of high humidity for those Phals.


For those curious about the slant, I was laying on my back to snap this picture.  For those curious about it seeming dark, perhaps too dark for Phals., this picture was snapped around 10:00AM so the sun has yet to shine on the growing area.  By then it gets light casting a shadow on the growing area through the greenhouses.  By accident probably the best Phal. light.



(04 July 2019)

A thorough inspection for any signs of new root growth and a dip in a water solution containing a dose of root toner.


Tyrion Lannister:  I am guessing from my misting, the water level rose in the cup so that it was in constant contact with the tips of the longest roots causing the velamen to become drenched and turn black and start to rot.  Concerning, but not alarming.  Perhaps this induce the Phal. to start new roots sooner?  For now I dropped the level of water in the reseroir and will pay closer attention when finished misting.  Youngest leaf is about an inch in length and because I have said that here I have it recorded so that in a week, with my next intensive observation, I can compare any difference in size due to growth.


All others have happy leaves and seem to be "hanging in there" as expected.


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