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Repot new, blooming Phals?

This is a discussion on Repot new, blooming Phals? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I've just bought a beautiful new Phal at the Ottawa Orchid Society show and a ...

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    donsjuand is offline Junior Member
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    Wink Repot new, blooming Phals?

    I've just bought a beautiful new Phal at the Ottawa Orchid Society show and a Paph too. But when I bought my first orchid a few months back, it came with over packed/over watered moss that rotted the roots.

    I was lucky enough to find a Paph at the show with a bark mix that seemed perfectly tended (just the right amount of water).

    As for the Phal, I looked everywhere but couldn't find one that wasn't crammed with moss and lots of water.

    I settled on a really nice Dtps. Shu Long Beauty KV704.
    (when saying settle, I just prefer humid bark)

    Looking to avoid the problem I had with my first orchid, would you repot a new blooming Phal if you were concerned about too much water in the spag?? I'm unsure if doing so would spoil the 10 blooms on 2 spikes, yet I fear not repotting could end in a repeat scenario of rotten roots as my first purchase....what do you experienced orchid mages think?

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    Thanks to Brutal Dreamer for suggesting I repot my Phal. It's been soaked in Peroxide/water at a 50/50 ratio then repotted in a pre soaked bark mix with some styrofoam to allow for air exchange.

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    Sure, no worries. I think it is a good idea to repot all new orchids into the media in which you are comfortable growing your plants and that fits with your watering schedule.

    Post up some photos and let us see how you did!

    Cheers,
    BD

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