Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums
The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!
OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"
Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.
Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.
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...
Did ANYONE SEE MY QUESTION?
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.
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
Below is a Phal with 2 roots going out.
Do I need to RE-POT these Phals?
I'd appreciate your advice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.