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phal roots question, please

This is a discussion on phal roots question, please within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Did ANYONE SEE MY QUESTION? Romulus...

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    Did ANYONE SEE MY QUESTION?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baytownboy View Post
    Did ANYONE SEE MY QUESTION?

    Romulus
    At the moment your plant looks happy. When there is no more room for the roots, the phal will send its roots out of the pot searching for new places. The only worrying thing that I see, is that your plant is in a terracotta pot and white repotting you are going to have a hard time as phal roots literally stick to terracotta.

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    Romulus It looks pretty pot bound to me. Soak it first in water to loosen the roots, but you're probably going to have to break your pot when you decide to repot. If you didn't repot it when you bought it, then by all means you can repot it now . Try using a bark mix as this will allow the roots to breathe. Make sure you trim away any dead or broken roots. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halloamey View Post
    At the moment your plant looks happy. When there is no more room for the roots, the phal will send its roots out of the pot searching for new places.
    Thank you for commenting on roots that go out of the pot in search of new places.

    In an earlier post, when I asked if these were "spikes," I was told that they're aerial roots. Here's a Phal with 1 root going out

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    Do I need to RE-POT these Phals?

    I'd appreciate your advice.

    Thank you.

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    Hi, Romulus.

    Your Phal looks very healthy. The aerial roots are normal and are in excellent condition. People repot every couple of years because the fir bark mixture breaks down over time and becomes little bits instead of pieces. Air circulation is reduced as the material's surface area increases and too much water is retained which causes the in-mixture Phal roots to absorb more water than the leaves can take up. Thus, mushy dead roots. So, if the potting mixture is becoming soil like, repot. If not, I find you may leave it as it is.

    Don't you find that throughout the internet, anecdotal insight, offered by sincere helpful individuals, is taken for fact?

    As for the cinnamon thing, LJA, an ancient of the forum, based on actual study of results, has this to say:

    “However, it's been made pretty plain, at least to me, that using cinnamon as a preventative or cure for root rot can cause more damage to healthy roots than it would seal, or "fix" any rotten ones, so I for one am not going to recommend using it any more, either for leaves (because of its ineffectiveness) or for roots (because of the real and potential damage.)”

    Please read this post through to the end: Cinnamon: kiss of death, or life? Louis presents a very useful series of photographs and a lot of the old timers (bench72, Cin, Diane, BD, Orchidzrule, etc) chime in.

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...eath-life.html

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    Thanks Joe, i read it and to me it rang true, even tough many people recommend the use of cinnamon very frequently here in Brasil. Maybe it is a kind of popular myth between growers whitout a solid foundation. The thread was very helpull and enlightening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post

    Please read this post through to the end: Cinnamon: kiss of death, or life? Louis presents a very useful series of photographs and a lot of the old timers (bench72, Cin, Diane, BD, Orchidzrule, etc) chime in.

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...eath-life.html
    I read this post, frankly speaking the experiments performed were not very scientific, nor did they have any conclusive evidence. In some cases, the experiments lacked proper controls and in some the use of cinnamon was not as it is intended to be. Cinnamon is not a wonder drug showing its effects within hours or days. Its a precautionary measure. I use it, an when used correctly and sparingly it is effective. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baytownboy View Post

    Do I need to RE-POT these Phals?

    I'd appreciate your advice.

    Thank you.

    Romulus
    Romulus the Phal roots look very healthy. They seem to be under potted though. You can repot them in transparent pots with the hydroponic clay pellets. They work the best for me. The roots also tend to stay in the pot because of the transparent pots and high humidity caused by the clay pellets.

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    Default Did I overdo the repotting of the cramped roots?

    Thank you Mary, and all of you for your recommendations.

    I rely on public transportation where I live, and there are not too many nurseries close by.

    To solve the problem of the tightly rooted orchid, I got a small bag of charcoal and a small bag of medium-sized bark. No one had coconut shells. And I got a pot the next size larger than what my orchid was in, which appears to me to be MONSTROUSLY HUGE.

    I followed the instructions from the RVO video. I packed the bottom with styrofoam peanuts. Then I used a mix of water soaked bark and charcoal as the new medium for the orchid.

    Here's what the orchid looks like in its new pot.

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    Does it look OK, or do you think the pot is too deep? If so, should I re-pot it in a smaller pot? Thanks.

    Romulus

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    Hi Romulus, the plants looks just fine. It will be happy in its new pot. The bark looks the right size, but it looks very dry.

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