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    The Flowerbread ... Oh yes, I separated the two. Thankfully when I repotted them I brought many pots with me. So I was able to put them in separate containers. They are in the clear plastic orchid pots and I had an extra ceramic pot that I put the larger of the two orchids in so it would be stable. The picture above shows how she received them from the florist. The florist obviously had no interest in keeping them alive once they were sold. It was two orchids in sphagnum in two separate flimsy plastic pots buried in a lot of fine bark. It was just for show. Her husband has been taking care of them. I am glad he called me in to help. A few more weeks and I think both would definitely be dead.

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    The florist obviously had no interest in keeping them alive once they were sold.
    Yeah unfortunately that's true! Personally I avoid of giving gift orchids to anyone bought in florist shops and I also have "educated" enough my boyfriend of not buying a gift-orchid there for me (from the other hand, I accept the ones from orchid shows! ).
    Of course a person with zero experience can't know what an orchid at a florist shop has to suffer. I am a bad person I guess but I'm educating my friends about (basically telling them not to buy) those weird orchid compositions, blue colored phals etc. too..

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    Ray,

    I seem to have the most problem with my Phals at the moment. I have decided that the ones that are not looking as healthy as I think they should will be changed to the air cone type potting. Do you think, by using this method, the phal would have a better chance? I like sphagnum, just can't decide why the bark mix I make (orchiata, charcoal, perlite and sometimes beads used in S/H. Thus my conundrum.

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    Personally I don't like orchiata with Phals. They tend to get too dry too quickly, especially where I live the temperature is getting quite high during the day. One moment and they can become dehydrated. I made some experiments with orchiata and some of my cambrias top see if they like in there. For my phals I use pure bark medium to small mix with some sphagnum chops and charcoal pieces. I dunno about perlite, never used for any orchid yet. I hope my experience helps.

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    All right then, seems like I have a large project ahead. Does anyone know where I can get a good proce for high quality sphagnum? Just kidding.

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    This is interesting to note Monica. I normally use the bark, hydroton, perlite, and spaghnum mix but when I potted my friend's phals I only had a handful of that mix. I did pull out some large granite, a few large coconut husks, and lava rock from my paph mix. I bought some better gro special orchid mix that my local big box had on hand. I potted both of his phals in a combination of these mixes in air cone pots hoping for the best. He texted me a few days ago and said that the larger phal's leaves got a "lot bigger" and it is a putting out a new leaf and grew two more buds after it dropped its flowers that it had since February. He said that the smaller phal seems to be a little dehydrated still (it hadn't gotten much water in the florist container) but it appears to be putting out a new leaf as well. Interesting that the cheaper mix that I purchased on the fly seems to be making the phal happy. When I repotted it I had to cut off some rotten roots and pull it out of soggy and dry moss.
    He is leaving for Europe on Monday so his Mother in Law will water his plants until he returns. I am going to see at that point if he wants to try spagh and bag with the dehydrated one but did instruct him to sit it in water for 5 or 10 minutes when he waters it hoping it might help.
    Forgot to mention that he lives in New Orleans as well. So same climate. His are growing in a window sill.

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