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Help? What's my phal doing?

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    Hi guys! I've lurked for a couple of years but now I have a question and I hope I can get an answer. I got this mini phal from one of my local orchid society meetings. It's a phal sogo ibis.

    When I first got it, it looked like your typical phal with the tiered leaves. Then, after a year, it started growing these off shoots. Are these babies? I don't really know what's going on and I've been hesitant about cutting them away and replanting for now.

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    what is the medium it is on?. The roots look very mushy. the growth on the side is a basal keiki.

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    It's planted in moss. I've had it for about a year so maybe it's time to replant?

    Thanks for confirming the keiki. It's been growing but I haven't seen any roots come out of it so have been hesitant about doing anything with it.

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    Yes, it does look pretty wet. Those are keikis (baby plant) on the side. Leave them there until they have some roots, then you can gently twist them off and pot iseparately. If the parent is struggling and starts to die, you may want to remove the keikis and keep them in high humidity until they start to grow roots, then pot them up. Tell us more about the media the parent is in and how the roots are.

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    Careful with the moss it can rot ur roots. I would remove some of the moss when u replant. Black is not a good color for orchid roots. Congrats on the baby.

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    Thanks everybody! I pulled it out of the pot and it did look quite moist. I hadn't thought much of it since I usually only water it once a week to once every week and a half. If I'm really busy, it's 2 weeks between waterings and the moss is usually bone dry when I water so I hadn't really thought much about it.

    Do you think if I let it dry out a bit more and replant in something that's not 100% moss that the keiki will grow some roots so I can actually separate it?

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    The indicator of good health is the roots. Roots look very mushy then there is some thing wrong in the culture. I would suggest you repot to a bark mix and review the situation.

    Just in case you have not used bark before, You will have to treat the bark before you use like soak in hot water overnight.

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    This is what it looked like when I pulled it out of all off the moss. It was really packed in there! I'm very thankful that I posted the picture and you guys all pointed out the extra moist roots on the way to root rot. There are a few roots and while they're not horrible, they're not as good as they can look. I did repot it in a moss and bark mixture. The moss isn't packed in quite as tightly.

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    I think you'll be ok, just keep an eye on the wetness and let it dry before watering. Then give it time and let the keikis grow their roots before repotting. You might be able to just leave them on for a massive plant when they grow up. Could be interesting...

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