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White crust on pot of new NoID Phal

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    Default White crust on pot of new NoID Phal

    I bought an inexpensive Phal for my desk at work as I like to have something blooming all the time. It is growing in moss and was extremely wet. I took it out of the pot and made sure it had air movement and got it to dry out a bit, but now there is a white crusty residue on the pot where the ventilation holes are.

    Should I flush it well, or just wait and repot once it stops blooming (the whole purpose of the purchase was to have a blooming plant on my desk : ) I also bought a very pretty white dendrobium. I don't know much about either, but they were pretty and very inexpensive. Of course, now I have them, so I worry.Name:  TJ_Phal20140607_sm.jpg
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    white residue could be mineral deposits in water. flushing would help getting rid of them. Both these look lovely.

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    Great buy!!! I love the color of the phal! And it has two more spikes!

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    Looks like a nobile dendrobium. Pretty!

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    Thank you. I thought they were pretty. I bought both for under $20.
    The White is so pretty and has 5 or 6 new little growths in addition to the beautiful blooms. The roots appear healthy on both plants.
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    Concur with Harvey. It is a Dendrobium nobile hybrid.

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    Ok, so the Dend. seems to be potted in regular potting soil. I thought it was just broken down moss, but nope, it is potting soil. It is still blooming and looks great. It hasn't dropped a bloom. None are wilted. Is it ok to wait until the blooms fade to repot? Or is that such a heinous crime to the dend. that I should do it now? I bought it for color for my office, and told myself not to be concerned about health.... as it was very inexpensive. But of course, I just can't ignore it. I guess I'm not a disposable plant type of person.

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    Wow! That is an amazingly beautiful dend, great buy.
    Phal too is very pretty.
    If the roots look bad, maybe you should repot it in bark based media, don't wait for the blooms to fade it'll be too late.
    Those are such beautiful orchids, treasure them and take good care of them don't throw them away when they have done blooming, they'll rebloom and reward you again with more blooms next season.
    You know in India, we have very limited variety of orchids to choose from, we somtimes don't get what we want. If they were mine I'll treasure them.
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    Keep an eye on the roots and be careful not to let it sit wet and you might be able to wait until it's done flowering. You say the roots look good, so its ok for now. I am not so knowledgeable about Dendrobiums though, I'd wait until a few people chime in to help you and take the advice that seems to make the most sense to you in your situation. Research a bit into the needs of Dends to get a good idea if its needs are being met and take it from there. Lovely plant and flowers!

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    Personally, I would re-pot immediately. No sense in allowing roots to be damaged any further.

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