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MY PHALS ARE OVERWATERED!

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    Default MY PHALS ARE OVERWATERED!

    Hi everybody I just moved to south florida and I have all of my plants out on a covered patio. My phals are planted in sphag and still seem to get wet from the frequent rains. Because of this they never seem to dry out and I fear their roots will rot. What do those of you that live down here plant you phals in?
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    I plant the phals that I have in a seedling grade mix of bark. It helps the roots get more air, and it dries out quicker so you don't get root rot.

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    South Florida?

    Why not just bareroot them and stick them on the fence in a shady place..

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    The expanded clay semi. hydro pellets might work . Gin

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    Thanks for the ideas. I thought about mounting them but in four years when I am done with school I plan on moving back to wisconsin and mounted plants are alot of work there. I think I will give the seedling mix a try because I have some on hand.
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    You can leave them in pot with more coarser medium other than sphag. If they have to stay outside under the rain, lay the pot on their side. Something like this:



    These had suvived a very wet and hot summer outside. Had I put the pot upright, the plant wouldn't survive a week. The constant rain also solved my problem about spider mites.

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    Why on their side, Tanya? So they don't get all of the rain?

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    So the rain doesn't collect in the leaf axis or the crown.

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    Ahh...because it rains so frequently, it would never dry off and rot would swiftly pounce!

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