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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; Hi everyone, I'm in the process of trying to repot a Phal that I bought ...

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    Default phal roots question, please

    Hi everyone,
    I'm in the process of trying to repot a Phal that I bought yesterday, but I would appreciate your advice before I continue. I have included photos, but they are not very good.....I'm sorry. Hopefully, they will show you what you need to see so that you can advise me, though. My question is: If a root growing from the stem is healthy and green, but then farther down the root there is a section of rotted velaman (sp?) covering the living root.....and then the root and velaman farther down to the end is healthy and green again, what should I do when trimming? Should I somehow try to "scrape" away the rotted velaman over the good root.....or trim the root off from the rotted area to the end.....or remove the entire root?

    Also, as you can see, I haven't finished rinsing the old sphag from the roots. After I do this, should I soak them in Physan 20, peroxide or something else, and THEN trim the roots.....OR should I trim the roots THEN soak them in something.....or not soak them at all? If you advise treating the roots with a solution, what do you suggest I use for a fungicide?

    I would very much appreciate your advice,
    Vicki
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    Vicki, I would trim the roots just above the mushy, rotted part, or where the velamin covering is broken. Unless you suspect a problem with this plant, or just want to be extra cautious, you don't need to soak roots in anything but water, mostly to help loosen old potting material. If you do want to take precautions with your phal roots, I would recommend Hydrogen Peroxide at the over-the-counter strength of 3%. Just soak a few minutes untill it no longer fizzes. If you don't see any fizzing anywhere, you are good to go!

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    How did the repot go? I hope it went well.
    Cheers,
    BD

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    Hi Bruce,
    So far-so good, thanks. I soaked the roots in Hydrogen Peroxide, as Cindiras advised, but the fizzing seemed to never stop (maybe I was staring at them too closely.....similar to "water in a pot seems to take forever to boil if you stare at it") I went ahead and repotted anyway. Now it's "just keeping my fingers crossed".
    Thanks again for asking,
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    I bet you did just fine, Vicki! Let us know how it develops.

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    Default Phal Roots -- too squeezed in this pot?

    Hello,

    I bought this phal earlier this year. I don't know its genus, but it's 3X bigger than my other phals. Leaves are about 12 inches long.

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    Do you think the ROOTS are TOO TIGHT in the pot they came in?

    Should I attempt to re-pot, or just leave as is?

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    Thank you for your time and input.

    Romulus

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Vicki, I would trim the roots just above the mushy, rotted part, or where the velamin covering is broken. Unless you suspect a problem with this plant, or just want to be extra cautious, you don't need to soak roots in anything but water, mostly to help loosen old potting material. If you do want to take precautions with your phal roots, I would recommend Hydrogen Peroxide at the over-the-counter strength of 3%. Just soak a few minutes untill it no longer fizzes. If you don't see any fizzing anywhere, you are good to go!
    I was reading the last posts and found this one. Let me ask a question: aren't you used to put cinnamon on trimmed roots? My phals like it a lot and I've read that it can improve the growth in phals.
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    Rosalia me too. I have made a mixture of cinnamon powder and a type of glue. When ever I cut roots, pseudobulbs etc I just give it a dab of the mixture. The glue dries and the cinamon glue mixture seals the wound.

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    It not advisable to put cinnamon on the roots. Leaves & stems it's ok. It can stunt the growth with the roots I believe. Maybe try some root hormone?

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    My 2 cents worth : As far as I know you should put the cinnamon ONLY @ the end of the root - the 'RAW' just cut bit and no where else. Plain old cinnamon powder is all that is needed on phal roots. Also you should not put the powder anywhere else on the roots as this dries them out. The cinnammon disinfects and seals the cut.

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