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Phalaenopsis assistance needed.

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    Okay, I'm growing a Phalaenopsis Little Skipper "Zuma Nova" (Or at least I think it is) and am having a few problems/questions arise. This is the first orchid I bought to start my collection, and I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing wrong. Some of the symptoms have been shown in other threads, but I just want to make sure that it's not something else which could make me lose my first orchid.

    Anyways, it's situated in our living room next to giant windows located directly on the east side of our home. The four orchids I have are placed on a humidifying tray and are made sure to not receive direct sunlight. I mist the plant (Maybe leaves at times) usually every other day just to keep things moist and fresh.

    Now, I bought this orchid ----and surprisingly, it seemed to be doing just fine. It was still blooming with these magical looking flowers for about a week or two in a small ceramic pot with sphagnum moss, but then gradually, they dropped off one by one. I was a little worried, but simply continued with the routine and even made time to repot the plant into a bigger pot consisting of "special orchid mix". (Raw fir bark, hardwood charcoal and coarse perlite)

    A couple days later, I felt the orchid leaves become softer and deepen in color. Soon enough, a couple of the leaves began to shrivel and are still in that current state. When I repotted, I cut off some of the roots which I hope were bad, but could it have been too much? I'm really hoping we can get to the bottom of this before it's too late.

    Here are a couple pictures to help you out:


    Is that a keiki growing from the side of it? Do orchids require more water when growing keiki's?


    Do I have the plant too deep in the mix?


    Here's a good example of one of three out of seven leaves that is shriveling.


    Are the roots cut back too short and/or are they too small to induce growth?

    (If the pictures violate some size restriction, please tell me and I will try and resize them to the best of my abilities)

    I greatly appreciate everyone’s opinions in helping me get to the bottom of this!

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    hi,
    the potting seems fine so are the roots. you would probably lose that leave, but new ones will come out.
    i think your plant is a bit too stressed now from all this handling and i think you overwatered a bit, its sitting already on a tray, so maybe once a week watering should be fine and let the plant rest.
    the light should be fine for now, maybe you could give it some more indirect light in a few more weeks.

    hope i could help you a bit and others can advice you as well.

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    Hi , The bark should be soaked overnight then rinsed before using when not soaked it repels water .
    It looks like you have the start of a basal keiki some grow that way most come from an old bloom spike don't remove it .
    How I tell if a root is rotted is to take it between my thumb and index finger and press gently is it is soft (squishy ) then i remove it with a new razor blade . Hope this helps a little .. Gin

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    Phals don't like to completely dry out. The shriveling could be due to not enough moisture, especially with the new bark. If the bark was not soaked overnight before being used, then it will not retain moisture and will dry out quickly. If this is happening, you need to water more frequently.

    Susan

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    Thank you guys for all of your help! When I repotted, I made sure te bark had soaked for at least a couple days, just to retain some moisture. When I stick my index finger down into the pot though, it's completely dry. It seems I'll need to water more frequently than I had originally planned.

    Let's hope I can save it without overwatering it. Thanks again, everyone!

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    Good luck, Cole.

    Cheers,
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    when you water, do you set the plant, pot and all, in a larger container of water and let it soak a good 10 or 15 minutes?

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    No, I simply take it voer to the sink and try to soak the bark all-around by using the faucet. Should I start submerging from now on to make sure it gets "fully" watered?

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    Soaking gives the bark a chance to absorb water. It will dry a bit slower if you soak it maybe not every time you water, but maybe every 10 days or so?

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    Until the plant recovers, should I perhaps transplant into sphagnum moss so it may help retain moisture better than the bark? It seems like everyday I have to water it because the bark simply dries out too quickly, even by soaking it and placing it on a humidifying tray. Would it be smart, or should I simply leave it alone and just keep on watering it regularly?

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