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Re-potting the Noid Phal

This is a discussion on Re-potting the Noid Phal within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Awhile ago I posted a question about this Phal . explaining that it had not ...

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    Awhile ago I posted a question about this Phal. explaining that it had not bloomed in at least 5 years and it finally made a nice spike and I blasted the bud , and it didn't bud again. So today I decided to pe-pot it. It had the mother plant and 2 off-sets. So this is what I found...

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    I have always thought it odd that I never saw any roots trying to escape out the holes in the side of the pot. When I started the project i came prepared with clippers and a kitchen knife thinking i might have to cut the roots to get it out of the pot. I carefully grabbed the whole crown and it lifted right out. Good grief! In all these years it had never left its wad of sphagnum moss! It must have REALLY not liked the bark medium it was in! I measured the pot and it was 7", the original pot with the sphagnum must have been about 4". It had lots of room to fill, but the roots look fairly new, I think the old ones rotted and composted into the moss, and started new roots after I got it. So I separated the 3 plants here they are in the new pots. They are planted in Orchiata.

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    Looks like good work, Katherine! Bravo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Looks like good work, Katherine! Bravo!

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    Thanks BD! Do you have any idea why the roots didn't grow into the bark medium? I do know that the person who potted it did not soak the medium before potting, and then i acquired it 3 years later.

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    Well done, Katherine ! Nowadays I mount phals as soon as I get them home, and the mortality rate has been drastically reduced. I shudder at the memory of all the phals I killed when I left them in their original sphagnum moss : sphag and I just don't click.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    Well done, Katherine ! Nowadays I mount phals as soon as I get them home, and the mortality rate has been drastically reduced. I shudder at the memory of all the phals I killed when I left them in their original sphagnum moss : sphag and I just don't click.
    i don't like it either and re-pot as soon as possible! I'm surprised that the phal was happy in it all these years! I think this is sooo strange! Makes you wonder what was in that bark medium. I have started using Orchiata and am amazed how happy my orchids are.

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    I hope they do well for you now, Katherine. Here's hoping for flowers this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    Thanks BD! Do you have any idea why the roots didn't grow into the bark medium? I do know that the person who potted it did not soak the medium before potting, and then i acquired it 3 years later.
    That is a good question. Maybe the bark mix wasn't clean and/or contained too many trapped salts for the roots to survive in it?

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    What's orchiata
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    Sounds like a brand of bark mix ( orchiata ) Nice job saving this plant, plants. Take Care, Rich

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