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Repotting a phal

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    Default Repotting a phal

    Hi all,

    I picked up a few new orchids on a visit to a grower in WI a few weeks ago when I was out there to pick up our new puppy.

    One of these is a Phal. violacea (red form). It's a blooming sized plant with the start of a bloom stalk. The plant had just been treated with a fungacide at the greenhouse. I treated with cinnamon after I got it home. The top of the growing medium was moss covered (couldn't tell what it was even growing in and I forgot to ask).

    So, I decided I'd repot today, get a look at the roots as the green/dark colored moss on the top was making me nervous.

    Just got it unpotted and the roots look awesome, but it was potted in sphag. *sigh* Should I repot in sphag, since it seems to happy (root wise, anyway) or use a bark mix that I have most of my other phals in?

    Thanks for the input.

    MtEquine

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    I personally would go with what you are accustomed to watering. Since you mostly use the bark mix ---that seems to be the best media for you. The spag might stay too wet in your conditions.

    Cheers!
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    I agree with BD. I gave up on sphag as I continually over watered, because everything else is in bark or bark based mixes..

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    BD and Diane,

    Thanks for the advice....I am more comfortable w/the bark mix and have plants doing just fine in it. Hopefully I won't shock this poor phal and cause troubles.

    MtEquine

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