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This is a discussion on Phals in S/H within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was wondering if anyone has their Phals in S/H? How do they do in ...
I was wondering if anyone has their Phals in S/H? How do they do in S/H? Are they better off in bark? I have one Phal that the blooms are finished, it's getting a new leaf and new roots are growing also. A couple of the roots are growing through the holes in the bottom of the pot. I think I need to repot it. Right now it's in moss and I wanted to try S/H with it. What do you all think?
should do quite well in s/h. I have some little phals in semi-hydro, they are still alive (with green roots)so they like it so far. My catts really like it. The last 2 phals I repotted went into 8" slat baskets with bark covered withsphagnum moss, pinned into the basket with bamboo skewers and hung sideways. They seem to like that, too.
Here's a phal pinned into a slat basket and hung sideways.
That's interesting. I'll have to look into doing something like that one day.
I am by no means an expert on phals... in fact I've killed more than I care to admit
But the main cause of failure in my case was crown rot.
I've had phals in both S/H & bark, .....in S/H the roots quickly outgrew the containers, plus the plastic pots used with S/H got brittle & broke or cracked.
Considering the expense, I opted to go with clay pots & a bark based phal mix.
That's just my views, I'm sure many people have phals growing wonderfully in S/H. All I can say is try both methods & see what works best for you.
By the way... never give up on what you might think is a goner...... I've brought these back from just roots...
Your first picture looks just like one of my Phal. The main one died last year from crown rot, then a basal keiki came out. I am wondering if the pot is too big for the little thing and if I should re-pot the basal to smaller pot.
have a few phals in s/h, most seem to do well in the medium. I still think pure sphag is a better mix but it takes too much work to maintain for me.
I grow all my phals in s/h.
The main advantage for me is the ease of watering, there is no more guess work on
when or how much to water. I used to kill lots of phals by both over and under watering.
The other bonus is LECA can be recycled, therefore no wastage at repotting time.