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is it a bad idea to change medium...

This is a discussion on is it a bad idea to change medium... within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; ...in a seedling? Since changing media means the roots will die while new ones grow, ...

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    ...in a seedling? Since changing media means the roots will die while new ones grow, is this too much stress to put a little seedling through?

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    A drastic change of medium, especially from a coarse dry one to a dense wet one, will often kill the roots in short order. If you use a similar media, then there's no reason for the roots to die off immediately, although they may eventually all be replaced by new roots that are most adapted to the current media.

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    Can I ask what kind of seedling and what medium is it in now? What are you wanting to change it to?

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    actually I was asking generically because a couple of seedlings someone had given me are not doing that great. One is a dend and the other a phal. They were in s/h, I believe and I put them in bark. So...I was really asking for future.

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    s/h is generally a very moist environment, and bark varies a great deal depending if you have a coarse mix or a fine one (I assume a fine one because they're seedlings). Most dends will root well enough with the new growth, not sure about phal seedlings. If they don't look good in bark, I'd suggest a little moss to help any new roots develop.

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