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Help! What do I do?!

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    Okay, my aunt purchased a Dendrobium orchid from box store today. She wanted this particular plant because it had these deep purple flowers sheíd never seen before.



    Well, I took a look at it when she brought it home andÖ some of its roots are rotten, brownish and mushy and itís planted in this volcanic rock. Itís just barely starting to bloom, because all of its blossoms are still wrapped up little buds. What do I do? Should I pull it out, clip the dead roots, and put it back in the same container? Should I pull it out, clip the dead roots, and put it in the same container with different medium? Should I leave it alone (will it be okay if I did that)? Or should I repot it completely?



    Second, I myself got a beautiful white Phalaenopsis at a tropical plant store. Yeah, thought Iíd give it a shot. Hereís the issue with that, itís in full bloom and itís got this pot inside this other pot, wedged in there with foam. Hereís the problem, the inside pot has a tray in the bottom and since I canít get to it, I canít dump out any excess water. I donít think it will drain. Repot orÖ what? Iím worried it will start to rot if I wait for it to stop blooming. What do I do?

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    I don't know on the Den, but the quickest way to kill your phal is to leave it in standing water. If the pot doesn't have drainage, I think I'd risk repotting. Since your phal could stay in bloom for months, I think it would be better to repot it now, rather than loose both the blooms and the plant. Although repotting while they are in bloom isn't ideal, your plant, including the blooms will probably survive. After you repot, keep all the other conditions stable (light, water etc) so that it doesn't have additional shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sadie
    If the pot doesn't have drainage, I think I'd risk repotting. Since your phal could stay in bloom for months, I think it would be better to repot it now, rather than loose both the blooms and the plant. Although repotting while they are in bloom isn't ideal, your plant, including the blooms will probably survive.
    John,

    Just to add to Sadie's comments, I have repotted Phals in spike/bloom with success. I totally agree with Sadie that you do not want to leave it in a pot with no drainage. Even if you do run *some* risk of losing the bloom, it's a much less scary risk than losing the plant!

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    Ditto to the two replies above.

    If you don't take care of the plant, you might as well forget about the flowers. Repotting a plant while in bloom can be done very successfully as long as you're careful about not breaking roots. If it were me, I'd repot both of them, clipping away any roots that are obviously mushy and dead.

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    To add on to the great advice above...

    My new thing is to "save" orchids that I see at places like box store, Target, etc. I repot them immediately whether they are blooming or not, because they are never in good condition or in the right medium (or the medium is seriously decomposed). I always begin by cutting away all of the damaged roots. Then I repot the plant in a new medium (sometimes in a new pot also, if the pot it came in is unacceptable/has no drainage). It does seem scary to repot a blooming orchid, but from my expereince it should be able to handle it just fine. I actually just did this with a beautiful blooming phal. I saved from Trader Joe's and it is doing great (the new buds are opening beautifully).

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    PS: Ditto on what everyone says about the phal. No drainage = sad orchid.

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    Good to know, Thefastestslug.

    And I pulled the little pot out of the big one, and took out the tray. So, it can drain now. Looks good. Blooming beautifully still.

    I'll have to take a look at the Den next time I see it. Since it's my aunt's.

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