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I. D. Please

This is a discussion on I. D. Please within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I have no idea what this is. Can some one please give an id? It ...

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    Default I. D. Please

    I have no idea what this is. Can some one please give an id?

    It was originaly planted in a clear plastic pot full of sphagnum. I think I screwed up slip potting it in the new pot. From what I've been reading, sphagnum is not the best medium.

    Should I take it back out?
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    You have a phal type orchid. It looks to be growing well in that container. How long has it been inside this pot? If that is a glazed pot, you may be rotting your roots. Usually better to pot in clay or plastic.

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    Thanks for the ID.

    The pot is glazed, it has been in there for about a week. I was afraid of the root rot, but my concern was more over the sphagnum than the pot. This is good info. Guess I'll put it back in the original clear plastic for now.

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    Yes, but keep the bark mix. You could chop up a bit of sphag to help hold a bit of moisture. Be sure to put some packing peanuts or large rocks in the bottom of the container to help get air up to the roots.

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    I don't think there is a problem with glazed pots. They will have similar air movement as a plastic pot. Just make sure that the potting media is loose

    Your plant can also be potted deeper into the pot if you choose. It is sitting quite tall, but that is not too important. It will continue to grow upwards and eventually we do have to lower our plants.

    Anyway there is something different about the top of this plant, I'm not sure why it looks that way. The very top doesn't look like it will grow anymore? It will send basal keiki or plantlet if this is the case. Though this has not happened to me and hard to tell from the pics, the plant looks like it has sent a spike straight through the centre of the crown that has been suggested to kill them, an accident by the plant. The plant most likely will send plantlets before it goes, if this is the case.

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    I agree with Fren on the spike and keiki part

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