Would Like Advice On How To Deal With A Baby And The Mother Phalaenopsis
(Santa Fe, NM)
I have been a surrogate mom for a Phalaenopsis (at least I think that is what it is) and have had it now for about 2 years. When I took over the care of it, it bloomed brightly for almost 4 months. It did not bloom this year - instead the bloom stalk produced a "baby bump" and now has produced the baby plant. The baby has 1 root that is now about 1 1/2 inches long, and the bloom stalk is pretty much brown now. The momma has lost all but 1 leaf, and I am worried the baby is taking all the nutrients from the medium. I have no idea what to do!! I do not know what kind of medium the 'momma' plant has (which it obviously liked). Does the baby need to be on its own? Please guide me, so that I can have 2 beautiful orchids.