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Advice... To repot or not?

This is a discussion on Advice... To repot or not? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; First I have to say I have this phal I bought recently that is actually ...

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    First I have to say I have this phal I bought recently that is actually blooming for me I have NEVER had orchids that bloomed before. Every one I have ever had (before I killed them off) the blooms drop within several weeks. The same happens with orchids that people I know have gotten. So I never expected this little guy to continue blooming. So I'm pretty happy




    Now I have a lil dilemma.
    I need some advice as to whether or not I should repot this phal now. Along with the other one in the below thread link.

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

    Normally I would wait till all the blooms fall off. But that looks like it could be awhile. The vase it came in had no drain holes. I did manage to drill one in the bottom of each of the vases. But the medium is not drying out and I haven't watered the new additions since I got them. Also I've noticed some white fuzz starting to grow on some of the roots/moss. I put a small fan close to them & have that running some of the day but with no drain holes I don't think that is enough. I don't want to put the plants through shock and lose the blooms. But I don't want to ruin the roots.
    I forgot to mention, since getting those two phals I've also received this dend as a gift from my boyfriend. As you can see it is in the same vase. I have not gotten to drilling a hole in the bottom yet.





    Any advice on repotting now or later?
    And yes I will try to stay away from buying orchids with bad pots in the future

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    Nicki, I would repot all of them ASAP. Don't bother drilling- use them for something else. Glazed pots are not good for orchids anyway. You can repot them just be very careful with the roots- desturb them as less as possible. If you see the roots in really bad shape you may have to cut the spike, so the plant can recover (that is what I had to do, hope yours are good). Take them out of the pots and post another picture of the roots.

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    I figured that's what I'd have to do but was hoping not. I will definately post pictures of the roots. I would like help throughout the repotting process. I've done it before but have done things wrong. So it will be nice to be 'walked' through it I won't be able to unpot till later tonight or tomorrow. If I can get internet access over the weekend I'll post the roots. Otherwise I won't be able to till monday.
    If a glazed pot is made with lots of holes is it ok to use?

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    Nicki, here is something that will be very helpful for you on repotting a phalaenopsis orchid!
    How to Repot a Phalaenopsis Orchid | River Valley Orchidworks
    Also from what I've read glazed pot is a NO NO for orchids. I never took the chance to keep any of mine in a glaze pot so I am not 100% sure.

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    Oh yeah I forgot about that video, thanks. I just bought a bag of bark mix for phals. I forgot about the soaking and using what floats. It's what roots to cut that I get lost on. Or if there is a problem I tend to over-treat sometimes.

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    Yes repot all! Don't worry about cutting roots unless they are rotted. They can be packed into the new orchid pot.

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    Thats a nice Dendrobium !

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. Don't know what I'd do without the forum When I can I'll post the pots that I have. Could use help with figuring which pots to use. Then the roots. I think after this mass repot I should have the hang of it

    Thanks Amey. I really like it. I noticed yesterday it has a few 'quirks'. One of the flowers has 3 lips!

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    Do not disturb you orchids in spike, bud, or in flower.
    They will blast on you and that's what happened to the others.
    They will shut down, and not even grow when disturbed, some more than others.

    If you do not secure the plant when re-potting, it will not grow, or take forever to grow.
    And they know when they are disturbed!

    A suggestion for you glazed pot, is to put a clay pot in it, that just fits it.
    You might have to dril holes in it to drain if theres not any.

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    not sure what I would do - but chances are I would follow Bruces' advice. good luck! and all the best to you.

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