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Advice... To repot or not?

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    I broke the pots over the weekend. Glad I did. A couple were starting to smell musty and the dend still had water in the bottom of the vase. I know I will probably loose all the flowers pretty quick.
    Here are pictures of the roots. Please advice if I should cut any or treat any.
    I apologize this is gonna be pic heavy. But I want to make sure I do these ones right.

    1st up is the mini pink striped phal.
    It was really hard to remove all the moss. The roots were just falling off leaving strings.







    i also noticed the outter layer of the stem was getting mushy and wiped right off.


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    Next is the mini yellow phal.
    One of the roots at the top is really dark green, almost black.




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    On to the dend.
    The arrow on the last photo is pointing to a mushy spot. I think the dend roots are harder to tell which is good and which isn't.








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    Last but not least is the larger phal from this thread.

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...ification.html

    There were tiny white shiny bugs crawling all throughout the bark. But they didn't seem to have an affect on the roots.





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    Anyone have any suggestions on what I should do about the rotted cane on the dend?

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    The pseudopodia, that you are calling cane is the plants food storage area. You should let this take it's own course and remove only when totally dead.

    If it is rotting, and mush all thru it, cut it off with clean sharp cutters.
    Dull cutters crush the plant, and can cause more damage, thus introducing rot into the rhizome.

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    Nicki, the Dend cane doesnt seem completely rotten. Just remove the mushy spot, by a sterile scalpel. Apply a fungicide or cinnamon powder. Let the plant dry, for 3 to 4 days. Then repot it, such that the wound does not get wet, if it gets wet accidently while watering, wipe it off with a tissue paper and dry it with a table fan. Hope this helps.

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    It is not mush the whole way through. Just in the middle. Thank you both for the advise. I will check it out later today and see if I should cut away anything or let it take it's course.

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    Nicki, I would keep phal #1 and the dendro out of pot for several days and just mist the roots. The roots on the second and third phals are good and you can pot them in bark mix. I see you have a spike comming out on one of them!!!
    You will be able to clean the roots on the first phal after several days air and not much light and pot it in bark. Good luck and keep us posted!!!

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    Margo that's what I did. I had them out cause I wasn't sure what to do and the roots were in bad shape. I soaked them again last night before picking the rest of the old media off and trimming. Honestly there are hardly any roots left on that first phal (& cut off the spike with dying flowers) and I had to take a lot off the dend too. The majority of them were hollow and falling off. So keeping those plants in the pot wasn't fun.
    I cut the bad part out of the dend and I'm hoping the best for that. Not sure if I put it in the correct size pot though.
    Everything is potted now in bark mix with some styrofoam. All are in clay pots except the largest phal I put in a ceramic pot with lots of holes. I know there are mixed views on that but I'm gonna give it a try. The only other pot I had would've been to small for all those roots. And I was too anxious to wait any longer to repot it.

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