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How am I going to pot this Phal?

This is a discussion on How am I going to pot this Phal? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I'm glad you got a good answer to your question, I don't grow many phals. ...

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    I'm glad you got a good answer to your question, I don't grow many phals. good luck

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    Well, it's in a 6" pot now, and I don't know that I can get all those roots into the original pot...so what? an 8" pot?

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    Hi, everyone. One piece of advice that I have notices through this thread is to soak the roots before repotting. Is that a standard practice for all types of orchids? I have only repotted about seven orchids (phals, oncid, and cats) in the past 15 months and never watered/soaked the roots beforehand.

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    I do move mine up a little in size pot and plant the air roots (as mentioned) for stability. They just make new ones. I have some older Phals in really big pots, but the pots have a lot of air circulation in them. They seem happy. I often soak my Phals and let them sit and dry for a long time (a week or so), so I pot them with medium bark mixed with Sphagnum moss. I think that suits my situation because I don't water often and have low (20% or so) humidity. It may not suit others.

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    I use dry mix (little or no sphag) because of our humidity in the Tropical South. Before I knew what the heck I was doing, I'd over-pot to accommodate big root systems. My experience is the plant grew to fill the pot. I know that's contrary to the lore (that over-potting causes the excess potting material to retain moisture), but I have a specimen P. Long Pride First Love that says otherwise! I'd rather over-pot than break roots...IMHO.

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    So, has anyone been following my stinky house thread? I was wondering about potting the Phal in pellets. Is it possible to grow more hydroponically?

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    Sorry Katherine, I have no idea how that would work, it's just not something I've tried or have any experience with. Hopefully someone more experienced will answer.

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    Well, I potted ALL the roots and it took an 8" pot (20.32 c) . I don't know if I should have sacrificed some of the air roots. The pot it was in seem to make lots of roots but few leaves.

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    And don't forget not to leave water in the crown from all the repotting activity.

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    Brutal Dreamer, what do you mean by over pot the plant? Do you mean too large a pot? If so, i have recently re potted two of my phals and one went back into the original pot (it was potted in moss), now they are both in a mix of bark and perlite, but this one didn't have many rots on it. I'm worried I've put it in too big a pot? If so, should I re, re pot it?! LOL

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