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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; This phal has bloomed non-stop for 2 years and is crawling out of the pot. ...

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    Default How am I going to pot this Phal?

    This phal has bloomed non-stop for 2 years and is crawling out of the pot. The air roots are very happy and it has great potted roots.

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    Spray the water first wait for 10 minutes and slowly pull the plant at the base then mount to wood drift or anything you like.

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    I want to repot it, i have no where to hang orchids

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    I want to repot it, i have no where to hang orchids
    Get a bigger basket like the photo below maybe will give you some idea.
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    I'd soak the plant for awhile and then see if that makes it easy to get out of old pot if not, thats what hammers are for, I have no problem leaving small chips of the old pot if the roots are attached. Looks like you could use a pot that has more width than depth to it, the soaking should make the roots more pliable . I have a few plants growing like this and until they get repotted I just make sure the exposed roots get a good watering also, I'll just pick up the plant turn it on it's side and run water over the exposed roots so the water drains off without making the potting mix wetter, kind of like watering vanda roots. good luck

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    Thanks Stateless, do you plant the air roots? That is what I understand in Bruce's video, but I have always kept them out of the pot, and that would make for a much bigger pot. I can feel the roots that are in the medium and they seem very healthy. And Phals seem to have pretty large, and long roots,would not a shorter pot make the roots more cramped? What kind of pot do you suggest?

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    I don't have as much luck as your with phals but I can say for me their roots go where they want. Usually more are out of the pot than staying in the mix.

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    when u move a phal into a bigger pot place the air roots in the pot also to accomadate support and balance of the plant

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    Thanks, great explanation! I was always concerned that I might smother the plant.

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    Good advice here. Be sure to soak the whole root section (pot and all) for several minutes so that the roots are nice and pliable. You want to avoid breaking them when you put them into the new pot. And be sure to not over pot the plant.

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