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My New Phal

This is a discussion on My New Phal within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Well, back from the chain store. I picked the big guy that once had two ...

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    Well, back from the chain store. I picked the big guy that once had two flower spikes. No idea what color the blooms will be, so it will be a surprise. ^^ Pulled him all the way out of his pots and there was fuzzy white mold/fungus all over inside, but the roots looked healthy, nice and green and firm. Most look to be alive and well. Leaves are really beat up, and some of the roots are dead, but it looks better than my other Phal. It should pull through, isn't too bad. Very big though, I'm excitted.

    Brought it home to find out... I don't have enough bark. >_< The shop I got the bark from is closed. ARGH! So I'll be stopping by another store and picking up some %&@#^*! Schultz. I think I'll just mix the top half (which is decent bark and junk) with my better stuff, so it should be okay, then the lower half of the Schultz, I'll just mix in with my aloe vera's soil. I'm sure they'll love the extra drainage.

    I'll still need to go buy another bag for my other Phal. It's in the crappier half of Schultz right now. >_>

    On a note unrelated to orchids, I just potted 20 Aloe Vera pups! They're everywhere!

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    Well - - your chain store doesn't throw them out after they quit blooming? That's a surprise. The ones I get usually have blossoms. But I am glad you found one you like and it's healthy except for the mold in the pot. If it has big leaves and large diameter spikes, them you can expect large flowers when it blooms again. Make sure you post a photo when it does bloom!

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    Nope, but they don't give discounts either, and they should to help sell the plants.

    I will! And I've unpotted it, and most of the rot (which was surprisingly little) was around the center, where wet sphag was. It was packed with the sphag in the middle, bark around the outside, and peanuts at the bottom. So not too bag, the moss was just too wet and killed the root in there, so the plant figured that out and grew most of it's roots around the outside of the moss, in the bark. Huzah for smart plants! I put a little put of fungucide (Daconyl, sp) in the middle there, on the crown and underneith where the dead roots were, I'l lleave it for a bit then rinse it off before I repot it.

    I figured that would help prevent anything. Will it? Good idea or bad?

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    Fungicide can help, just to be safe. Also, leave it in the air for a bit so any wet areas can dry and any wounds can heal better. After it's potted, humidity can help relieve stress. Your phal sounds nice--sounds like its going to make it just great and be happy that it's rescued. I've dealt with nearly rootless phals, and yours isn't bad at all. Good luck! And happy phal-growing!

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    I'm going to air it out, and I'll try to give it extra humidity. My room should be more humid than most places, because I've got over 20 small and three ten gallon fish tanks in there. ^^ I'll also give it extra sun, it's leaves are really dark.

    Diane, oh yeah, the flower spikes were pretty thick it looks like. ^_^

    Forgot to ask, how would I up the humidity in such a dry climate? But it's more humid in my house and room than most. Because of the fish tanks and swamp cooler (works to cool the house by evaporating water from spongy pads).

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    Forgot to ask, how would I up the humidity in such a dry climate?
    Humidity trays work--fill a tray with pebbles and fill it with water, but make sure the water level is below the bottom of the pot because you don't want the pot to be sitting in water. Or simply fill a tray of water and put in an upside-down plant saucer and sit the plant on top of the saucer. You can mist the air around the plant, be sure not to get the leaves too wet. Or place the plant closer to a fish tank...

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    Give it some light, but not direct sun. Phals don't tolerate direct sun. Most of mine have fairly dark leaves because they are low light plants compared to some of the other orchids. Best of luck, and glad to hear you didn't get arrested or anything...

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    Lily, ah thanks. Wish I could find like a wire holder for the pot, so I could set the pot in the holder and set it above a tray like that... Maybe I could make one.

    Diane, Thanks. X3 Yeah, I'll give it brighter sunlight than I would normally give a Phal, but not direct. Just until it recovers and it's leave stiffen up, they're a little floppy.

    Hate this Schultz, but it's too late now...

    Or is it? Should I leave it unpotted for a couple of days until I can get more medium?

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    A wire holder is a great idea! I tried finding some type of wire thing in my home but it's too high (lifts the pot over 3 inches above my tray, lol). Not very useful. Well, good luck in making one!

    If you *really* hate Schultz...well, if you're going to leave the phal unpotted, it's best to bag it and spray the roots with water everyday. It may be a little stressful for your phal since its roots try out alot quicker without medium. Well, it's up to you.

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    The Schultz id just very fine, like for little cats and stuff. I'm just worried it will choke the roots or something bad will happen to it is I use fine bark. Will it? If not, I'll just go ahead and mix it with my other stuff.

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