Shop Orchid Care OrchidTalk Orchid Forum Weather Station Links Nursery

Welcome to OrchidTalk Orchid Forums


The Friendliest Orchid Community on the Internet!


  •  » Learn to Repot your Orchids
  •  » Learn Orchid Care Tips and Secrets
  •  » Find the perfect Orchid for your Growing Environment
  •  » Chat with Orchid Growing Professionals

OrchidTalk - "Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better!"


Let us help you grow your Orchids better; Join our community today.


YES! I want to register an account for free right now!


Register or Login now to remove this advertisement.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Serious lack of phal roots.....

This is a discussion on Serious lack of phal roots..... within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi all, I have just repotted all my phals ( have never repotted before but ...

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    hannah is offline Member
    Real Name
    Hannah Lucas
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    I love so many!
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    South England
    Posts
    65
    Member's Country Flag

    Default Serious lack of phal roots.....

    Hi all, I have just repotted all my phals ( have never repotted before but have had some a couple of years and have been given some and rescued some others over the last 18 months or so and thought it was a good idea to do them all together so that i could keep track of it in future.) Unfortunately I have noticed that several of the orchids I have rescued had VERY rotton roots! The leaves on all my phals are healthy so unfortunately i didnt notice until repotting =( I cut off all the rotten roots with sterile scissors and repotted in fresh media (orchid compost from garden centre) any suggestions on how to encourage these poor plants to sprout some new roots?

  2. #2
    Kmac's Avatar
    Kmac is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Kathi
    My Grow Area
    Porch/Patio.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    How can I pick just one???
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    2,515
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    I think the advice you get may depend on how much healthy root is left. Can you post pictures?

  3. #3
    hannah is offline Member
    Real Name
    Hannah Lucas
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    I love so many!
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    South England
    Posts
    65
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    not now i have repotted! on the 3 bad ones there are only 2 healthy roots left and 1 or 2 very manky ones that just had a tiny bit of green left.

  4. #4
    Daethen is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Jonada
    My Grow Area
    Under Lights
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    Paph Chiu Hua Dancer
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin, USA
    Posts
    1,588
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    How large are the pots you put them in? They should just fit the roots even though they may seem too small for the foliage.

  5. #5
    hannah is offline Member
    Real Name
    Hannah Lucas
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    I love so many!
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    South England
    Posts
    65
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Small ones! The compost was slightly damp, do I need to water yet?
    Posted via Mobile Device

  6. #6
    gabi_borza's Avatar
    gabi_borza is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Borza Gabriel Mircea
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    catts, phals and paphs
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Romania
    Posts
    336
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    You must let the compost dry out before you water again. In this time the roots that are damaged or broken by the repotting process will have time to heal. For the plants with little roots left, you can try some root growth stimulator(I live in Romania, so I don't know brand names there in England), and you can try letting them dry a little bit more between waterings.

  7. #7
    espranch is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    Betty
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    encyclia
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Gender
    Female
    Location
    N. East Texas
    Posts
    2,747
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Hanna, just make sure that you have them in a humidity tray, and that they don't get ANY sun. Phals, as I'm sure you know, like rather low light. They also should have some air movement around them. Something to remember is that too many orchids are killed by overwatering. After re-potting, I ALWAYS wait at least a week to water any re-potted orchid. Then, I water according to pot size ( with tepid water ) a six inch diameter pot would be watered every six to seven days...and so on. Good luck with them...Betty :-)

  8. #8
    hannah is offline Member
    Real Name
    Hannah Lucas
    My Grow Area
    Windowsill
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    I love so many!
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    South England
    Posts
    65
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    thanks. no probs with the sunlight amounts, I live in england haha! I know i didnt overwater them though, the ones I have always had were perfect, its only the ones i have inherited that seem to be the problem. I hope they dont die they are so pretty... I have never killed an orchid yet!

  9. #9
    mujacko2002's Avatar
    mujacko2002 is offline Senior Member
    Real Name
    mojamoja
    My Grow Area
    Outside 24/7.
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    cattleyas, bromeliads & vandas
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Cavite, Philippines
    Posts
    759
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    Mabuhay!

    back then, i would put my phals in wooden baskets and charcoal so that more air could go to the roots.

    just my two cents worth

  10. #10
    kiwiorchids's Avatar
    kiwiorchids is offline Plant Nut
    Real Name
    Jordan Healey
    My Grow Area
    Greenhouse
    Favorite Orchid(s)
    The Weird and the Wonderful!
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Gender
    Male
    Location
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Posts
    3,382
    Member's Country Flag

    Default

    orchid compost? i am pretty sure the phals would scream their heads off if they had mouths. most epiphytic chids can survive in a loose mix, but not phals. is this compost or bark?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. phal with no more roots
    By hohcs in forum Genus Specific
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: June 20th, 2013, 02:08 AM
  2. Phal leaves and Roots?
    By Darren in forum Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: January 6th, 2010, 10:59 AM
  3. Aerial roots on phal
    By rradovitch in forum New Growers: Ask the Senior Members
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: February 14th, 2009, 12:41 AM
  4. Getting more new phal roots?
    By rainynightstarz in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: October 23rd, 2007, 06:40 PM
  5. Question about phal. roots...
    By lizard72 in forum General Orchid Culture
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: December 20th, 2004, 11:27 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
OrchidTalk --An Orchid Growers Discussion Forum brought to you by River Valley Orchidworks. A World Community where orchid beginners and experts talk about orchids and share tips on their care, cultivation, and propagation.