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Flowers drooping but not falling off...

Posted by bobanda 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 22, 10 at 16:28

I have a phal which has bloomed well in the past and now has 6 blooms on it. After each bloom is open for a day or two, it starts to get droopy. Even the first blooms, which have been droopy for weeks, have not dried up nor fallen off. Please confirm my suspicions that they have just gotten too cold in my window (we had a week of <10 degree temps here)and not a more serious problem like root rot and not enough moisture. The leaves seem healthy as ever.


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RE: Flowers drooping but not falling off...

I posted an answer once but it disappeared into lala land.

It sounds like your blooms have been pollinated. If a bloom is damaged for whatever reason, they fall off.


RE: Flowers drooping but not falling off...

Pollinated? Really? This sounds exciting - but how? They are inside and I hope we don't have bugs crawling around! How can I tell for sure?

RE: Flowers drooping but not falling off...

I am curious to hear the reply as I also have two Phals that did this to me. The one had a full inflorescence of 4 flowers fully opened and then one shriveled but did not fall, it didn't even lose it's color. It just hung there like it was under watered, but the other three were fine.

I cut it off as I was displeased with how it looked, but then my other Phal did the same thing. All 6 flowers open on the inflorescence, then one goes saggy.

My suspicions were some sort of trauma to the individual flower, but I too have mine on a windowsill and it has been awfully cold up here in PA these last two months. So cold damage seems completely logical.

Curiosity peeked. Thanks in advance !

RE: Flowers drooping but not falling off...

My initial reaction is the same as Brooke, but I have a nagging doubt. When polinated the flowers will droop within a couple of days, stay on the plant and gradually dry off and go crispy.

The doubt is how so many of your flowers are being polinated so quickly, this does not usually happen.

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