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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:12 am 
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Hi,
I'm pretty new into orchids and am already hooked!
Today I bought a beautiful Phal in a garden center. It has no name, the growers are a company called ' over the moon - Natural look'.
It's a real deep red/ burgundy.
I don't know where my head was at. But tonight I realized what it was that was different about it compared to my other
Orchids.
All the stems are brown. Even the buds look brown.
But the buds are not dry, there are plenty yet to open up as well as several blooms already out.
The stem is firm and looks healthy. The leaves are green and healthy as are the roots that I've looked at through the clear pot.

This may sound real strange to those of you that are knowledgeable about orchids. But is it possible that some hybrids have brown stalks/ stems naturally?
Not a bit of the stems are any shade of green.

Or have I stupidly bought a stunning but not so healthy orchid?

Please can you help as I am really perplexed. I feel I may of made a daft purchase today!

I appreciate any help at all.
Thank you.
Mandy X


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:58 am 
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You have bought a perfectly healthy plant looking at your pic and reading your description. Some phals do tend to have darker spikes and leaves than others. I would tend to call it a dark purple/ brown rather than a light brown. Light brown,to me anyway, is the colour a stem goes when it dries up and dies.

I have never really done an in depth study of my phals (i will look more carefully now). Leaves getting a purple tinge is normally an indication that the plant is getting to the limit of the light it can take.

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