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Advice on my phal orchid?

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    Hello, I just joined this forum about 30 minutes ago and this is my first post. I currently have two phals, one recovering from root rot and the other is finally finished blooming and is just sitting on my mini fridge.

    For the first phal, I had trimmed off the bad roots a month ago, and re-potted it in medium bark in a clear pot. A couple of the bottom leaves turned yellow and had fallen off and I accidentally broke off the new leaf that was growing at the time of the repot . I was initially worried but it finally seems to be recovering nicely. A new leaf starting to grow and about 5-6 new roots sprouting form the bottom of the crown. However I find that my bark dries out really fast and I have been watering my phal maybe once every 2-3 days. There are currently only about three large roots on the plant only and the newly sprouting ones. I hope I'm doing everything alright since I only water whenever my bark/roots look dry (not following the usual 7-10 day guideline).

    For the second plant I have a different question. I regularly water every 5-7 days on average (depends on how much sunlight/temp) When I purchased the plant it was in the middle of the blooming with two spikes. Large healthy green leaves and also a very cramped green root system. I had originally cut off a couple of the roots growing in the air since they were getting out of hand. The bottom leaf is now yellow, which I believe to be normal and will remove it soon. My question is what should I do with the two spikes now that they're finished their blooming. Should I trim off the spikes all the way back to the base node? Also I am assuming my plants are getting sufficient light since the leaves are a light greenish as well.

    I also had a question on how people get their spikes to branch off into two or three branches. Both of the current spikes don't branch at all and I think it would look really nice with a branch on each spike. Any advice would be much appreciated. (I will post pictures asap)

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    Every 2-3 days sounds like too much, especially in a plastic pot. Remember, bark on top of the pot is going to look (and get) drier much faster than bark further down. You need to know that it is drying out at the bottom too before watering again. You mentioned it's in a clear pot. Can you still see drops or condensation in it? Make sure to look underneath too. I had a phal in a clear pot, and I waited until I didn't see anything like that. Usually it was about a week.

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    Well it's 2-3 because my phal is basically sitting on top of the bark. I had to trim most of the roots off so there aren't any roots near the bottle half of the pot.

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    Hi Mizuho! When you check the roots on your second phal, unpot it from the bark and let the roots soak in water for about 10 minutes. Live roots will absorb water, sometimes turning green colored when they do. They will feel firm when you give them a gentle squeeze. Dead roots will darken a bit and feel squishy, like there is nothing inside.

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    Hi Mizuho, please see this thread regarding posts that do not show up.

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    Yes you can cut the spike down near the base. I don't have any phals that have had branching spikes, always just the one. I think the branches are genetic, but I'll leave that up to someone else to say for sure.

    Ok, wait a minute, I just saw the pictures now. It looks like you have a keiki on the spike, and the keiki looks like it has some roots already. If it has 3 roots at least 2 or 3 inches long, you should be able to remove it and put it in its own little pot. Otherwise, I would not cut the spike yet, I would let it there until the keiki gets bigger.
    Last edited by ang709; June 6th, 2009 at 09:51 PM. Reason: Seeing the pics changed my mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Hi Mizuho, please see this thread regarding posts that do not show up.

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    Yes thanks for the heads up, lol I just realized what had happened, thank you all for your patience.

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    Looks like that first phal has a nice little baby growing from the base of the spike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Hi Mizuho! When you check the roots on your second phal, unpot it from the bark and let the roots soak in water for about 10 minutes. Live roots will absorb water, sometimes turning green colored when they do. They will feel firm when you give them a gentle squeeze. Dead roots will darken a bit and feel squishy, like there is nothing inside.
    Okay I will take your advice. I haven't repotted the second one yet since it was still in bloom, but I had also wondered, since it is pretty cramped inside the pot it might be hard for me to get the plant back into the same pot. Should I find a larger pot?

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