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My First Moth Orchid

This is a discussion on My First Moth Orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I brought an orchid ---- 2 days ago and now I'm wondering if I should ...

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    LadyOfSpring is offline Junior Member
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    Default My First Moth Orchid

    I brought an orchid ---- 2 days ago and now I'm wondering if I should get a new pot for it.

    It came in moss, in a clear container with no drainage or air holes and some of the roots I can see look broken:

    There are only two air roots, one of which is dry and only hanging on by a corner:

    My question is, if I have to re-pot, should I trim the dead roots and all that or just move it into a better container and wait for the blooms to die before pruning? I've also read that you should sprinkle cinnamon on cut roots. Is that actually a good idea?

    Thanks in advance for any help you all can give me.
    Last edited by Brutal_Dreamer; April 27th, 2010 at 11:56 PM. Reason: vendor name removed - see faqs on posting for details.

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    I would repot it immediately.... I have repotted orchids in spike/bloom and most of the
    time the flowers stays on.... i would rather loose the flower, than loose the plant.

    Yes cut the dead roots off, and a sprinkling of cinnamon is a good thing as well. Give it a
    well draining mix.

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    I repot all my phals soon after purchase - blooming or not. As noted in the previous post - it doesn't usually affect the flowering. That glass container "potted" phal you just purchased (I believe) was put together for cut flower value - to be admired during blooming, without any regard for the long term longevity of the plant. Until you do repot, just be certain you don't leave extra water sitting in that container. Phal roots need air to survive - the fact that the sphag doesn't appear to be pressed in too tightly will help, but that solid glass container is certainly not helping any. Trim off all roots that are soft and squishy - black and/or dark brown. Enjoy your phal - that's a nice one!

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