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Hi, Newbie Here!

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Maia, Apr 15, 2022.

  1. Maia

    Maia New Member

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    I've always loved orchids, but have never really owned one. I was given one that was given to me, but it's in need of love and care. It's called a "Phalaenopsis," but I don't know what color it is or if it's officially dead. There are four leaves, the three older ones are wilted, some with a yellowing and the other two look really bad. I read that I shouldn't remove them, because the fourth leave is young and growing, and it's getting all its energy from the other three.
    Then, there's this long stem about 15 inches, but there's no nodes on it, except about 1/2 inch from the top, there's another long stem (10 inches) that's has 4 nodes on it, and each one is getting larger!
    Now I've read on YouTube about people who talk about removing stems growing out from the main one, but this looks like it could maybe survive?
    If you want me to send a photo, I can do that, but maybe this isn't an uncommon thing?
    I've always been afraid of the care required for orchids, but if I can save or fix this one, I think I'll gift myself an orchid for Easter!
    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    Welcome!

    No, that is not normal, and a photo can surely help, but it sounds to me like it might have a root issue (suffocated) or is underwatered.