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Phal Dilemma

This is a discussion on Phal Dilemma within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I don't know what to do with my new phal . One half of the ...

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    I don't know what to do with my new phal. One half of the pot (the upper layer) is potted in bark, and the other half (bottom layer) is sphag. Sphag is my enemy--I just can not possibly grow phals in it without killing them due to root rot. I would wait until it's finished blooming to repot, but the sphag is already causing a problem.

    The problem's that the sphag layer of the pot is quite damp while the bark layer is bone dry. Water it: risk rotting roots in sphag. Not water it: no risk of root rot, big risk of underwatering. So what should I do, repot it and risk wilting the flowers/buds? Or wait until it finishes blooming (which means I'll risk root rot during the meantime)? Or come up with a "special watering practice" to accomodate this situation? All ideas are welcome!

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    Repot it now.
    Normally Phals don,t mind being repotted normally.I,ve potted many in bloom , even changing from sphag to s/h & bark to s/h & they,ve still carried on blooming.

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    I agree. Repot. I've done that with lots of different blooming plants and never had a problem. I've never been able to grow big plants in sphag either. It's OK for seedlings, but nothing bigger in my conditions.

    Kev

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    I third the motion. *Bangs gavel* Motion passed!

    Repot.

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    Lily,

    If you still want more feedback, in spite of the unanmity, I have repotted Phals in spike because I didn't like the media they were in. Never had them abort buds as a result. I really dislike seeing plants potted in layers (I'll make a possible exception for a shallow top-dressing of sphag to increase humidity if you have really arid conditions) of media for the very reasons you point out--how on earth does one water a plant properly with these very different layers????

    Cheers,

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    I have to admit that I am a "layerer".... but I don't get why someone would put the wetter medium (ie sphag) below... I layer because I find the deeper medium stays wet longer... so I use clay pellets on the bottom, middle is mix of clay pellets and bark, and then top it off with bark. Those I've repotted this way have since shown less propensity to root rot...

    anyways, I'm with the others... repot str8 away, it's worse to lose a plant than to lose the flowers... the flowers u can have again next year... but the plants once gone is for good.

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    Totally agree. Repot into medium whose behavior you have experience with. If you're careful and don't break roots, the flowers and buds will be just fine.

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    Happy Birthday, Lily!

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