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Repotting phal?

This is a discussion on Repotting phal? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; It's Phal . Brother Lawrence X Melodious Bells. This is the one I think may ...

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    It's Phal. Brother Lawrence X Melodious Bells.
    This is the one I think may need repotting. I will download some more pics later when I get better ones than I took today.(I'll try later--- I'm going out for dinner so when I get home.).
    The spikes keep getting longer and longer with flowers developing singly. It did initially have a spray of flowers but although they eventually died the spike just continues to grow with single flower extensions. A new spike is now developing. It has been in flower for about 8 months and shows no signs of stopping. I do not know if I should continue to let the spikes grow out so long as it looks healthy even though the plant looks as if it needs repottong.
    I like the individual flowers but growing singly on long spikes is not especially attractive!

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    Phal.Brother Lawrence X Melodious Bells
    I have the pictures at last. Lots of messing around with my camera which I have not used much for flower pictures so had to fiddle about a lot, as I could not find the camera manual, and wanted the flowers to be focused.
    Anyway, the question is should this be repotted? Should I just let the spike continue to grow longer and longer? There is a new spike coming so the plant is not in any danger of being out of bloom any time soon since the current spikes are around 8 months old.
    You may notice it has a leaf missing which is the result of an attack by slugs when I put it out in the summer. Could not get rid of the slugs so had to bring my plants in again. Will figure that one out better next summer!!!
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    I would put it in a larger pot just to keep it from falling over. And you should check the condition of the moss to see if it needs to be replaced.

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    Since you have a new spike developing, and you don't care for the look of the old spikes with a couple flowers at the tips, why don't you cut off the 2 older spikes and let the plant put its energy into a nice new display?

    If you don't think the moss is severely broken down (the plant looks healthy) you could wait until spring to repot--when phals grow most rapidly. That's what I do if they don't require immediate attention.

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    it looks fine, why is there so much moss at the top? did you add that? Don't worry about repotting, phals love to be rootbound. Just ask Diane, she visited my rootbound palace or Phals....

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    Is the moss harmful? It has always had quite a bit of moss and it hasn't seemed to bother it. I've had the plant over a year.

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    its not really harmful unless it is rising above the bottom leaves. You don't want to invite rot. It isn't doing any good either. If you're phal has arial roots, that just means its happy, you don't need to get them into the mix. It would be nice to see the other side of the plant. If it was me, I wouldn't repot for a year or two.

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