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This is a discussion on Mini Phal with root rot within the Genus Specific forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hi everyone. Here is my plan of action. I bought a mini phal at a ...

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    Default Mini Phal with root rot

    Hi everyone. Here is my plan of action. I bought a mini phal at a box store. When I got it home, the petals were drooping even though the moss was wet. When I removed it from the moss, there was a lot of root damage, so I cut the dead roots off leaving about 3 long roots and 3 or 4 smaller roots and repotted it in new bark. It has been setting for about a week. This weekend, I plan to soak the remaining roots in dilute bleach (1/4 cup to a gallon of water) for about ten minutes. Do I rinse off the bleach water or just let it air dry? Next, I have sulphur to dip the roots in, so while the roots are wet, I will dip them in sulphur. Now, do I use rooting hormone or do I just repot it in orchid bark (mix) that has been soaking overnight?
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    You already repotted it but are planning to unpot it again, did I understand that correctly? If it were my orchid I wouldn't want to put it through the stress of repotting again so soon. Just my opinion. I am sure it is happy to be out of the soaking moss. Sounds like you did a good job getting it out of there.

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    I wouldn't disturb it again so soon either. You run the risk of damaging the roots that remain. I just clean them up and pot them. If I presoak the new mix, I keep them in a relatively neutral environment and leave them alone to heal and adjust. Usually this is my guest shower. It's shady, somewhat warm, and humid. If I use dry mix, I water sparingly. I generally avoid chemicals unless there is obvious damage.
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    I just want to make sure I got all of the dead roots. I also am not satisified with my first potting job. I don't think I got the roots in the medium good. I also have some Superthrive available if anyone advises me to use it.
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    Can you post a pic?
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    Just curious, Gary - why the bleach and sulfur? There are less intense ways to deal with root rot - plus, you've cut off the dead roots, so, presumably, the remaining ones are healthy and need more nurturing than sterilizing. Also - a mini-phal from a box-store? You'll end up spending more on treatment than you did on the original plant, if you haven't already. Many of those sphag-potted mini-phals are the so-called impulse items that the store wants people to throw in their shopping carts as they're checking out, with the theory that these plants are little more than cut flowers - intended to be disposable after a limited amount of time. It sounds so much as if you're willing to care for a truly deserving orchid that maybe you might want to research where you can get a long-term, special orchid that has been grown for the hobbyist and not for the casual consumer.

    I write this as one who went through about 5 mini-phals from grocery stores, etc, and, after discovering that there was a whole world of orchids out there, moved quickly on to collecting different orchids that were really gratifying - beautiful AND healthy. Do you have a local orchid society that you could join? That's always a great resource for both plants and mentors. Also, you might want to check the AOS website for Orchid Shows somewhere near your home (sometimes you have to drive a little bit, but it's worth it) - we're heading right into orchid show season now, and there are shows all over the place. Those are REALLY good places to both buy orchids AND learn how to grow them.

    I don't mean to lecture you at all - it's just that you really seem eager to get into orchid growing, and saving a mini-phal is such a small piece of everything that's out there.

    Please don't stop learning and asking for advice - you seem like you're on the right track.

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    I hope these come through. I am not sure that I got all of the dead roots. I know this is a lot of trouble and expense, but it is better to learn on an inexpensive orchid than an expensive one.
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    It looks like you did good with the roots. I too prefer to learn on less expensive orchids. One of my first orchids was a box store 'rescue' Phal. That was almost 6 years ago. I still have it, and it blooms reliably twice a year. Now I would never knowingly purchase a sick orchid, but I have no regrets about buying and learning on that one. I am proud to have brought it back to health. You will have that satisfaction too when your's gets better.

    Sometimes when repotting I'll soak an orchid in water with a little Superthrive. I wouldn't mix that with the bleach, though.

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    Thank you. Thats what I was hoping I would hear. I have been reading various posts on this forum and just wanted to know what the best course of action would be.
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    wow a varagated type, stop wih the bleach and sulfur....go with the superthrive....
    keep that plant in a steady , secured and moist with air circulated environment then it will feel like to start growing...

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