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This is a discussion on Two phals in one pot...questions!?! within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I just bought a fabulous, huge phal (actually two phals) that is in a 6 ...
I just bought a fabulous, huge phal (actually two phals) that is in a 6 inch pot. I'm just wondering that is it okay for two phals to be growing in one pot? They have plenty of roots. Would they get too crowded? Do I need to repot them immediately after they finish blooming or what? Note: The phals are blooming, so I'm not going to do anything now...just want to know in advance.
Also, they are potted in a bark mix. Which should be better for phals, bark or sphag? Any experiences?
Growing two plants in the same pot is fine in terms of health and well-being. Do they have labels so you know which one is which? Orchid purists wouldn't dream of doing such a thing but it's really no big deal. If you want to seperate them, you'll have to do so soon however, otherwise the roots of one will intertwine with the roots of the other and trying to get them apart at that point will be a nightmare and / or cause a lot of damage.
All of our Phals are in bark mix: sphagnum tends to be difficult to control in terms of moisture level. The plants typically get too much water and the roots stay soaked. A lot of growers use ProMix and other different kinds of media; the important thing is to use something that will allow your plants' roots to dry off slightly between waterings.
Hope that helped a little, and welcome to the forums!