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New orchids and new orchid grow space

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    Hello! I finally was able to get some pictures taken so I can get some advice! I recently bought a variety of different phals. All of them were potted very tightly in sphagnum moss with very poor drainage. I replanted one right away because it had leaves that were shriveling. It was the first one I repotted and I hadn't read as much so it is a mixture of sphagnum moss and a special orchid mix for phalaenopsis. Should I repot it in only the bark mix? I have repotted all the others but one in the bark mix. The one I haven't repotted is in full bloom and seems to be healthy. As far as the others go, I think with the bark mix I should just soak them to water them? Or a combination of soaking and spraying water through the bark mix? I can't seem to figure out a clear answer on that.
    I decided to try mounting two on pieces of wood as well. Do they look alright?
    Then I was wondering about my plant stand. The pictures aren't great because of the lights but I wanted to make sure that the lighting was visible. Do those grow lights look sufficient and are they placed ok?
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    1.just purchases - planted in moss - except the one in terra cotta - that is the one with the shriveled leaves.
    2. mounted on wood
    3. and 4. repotted in the orchid mix with water dish for humidity
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    Ladybird, I always pot my phals. in a large bark mix which has been soaked in water overnight. (2/3's bark, 1/3 perlite & charcoal) Then, I do not water for at least a week. Some people have good luck with the spagum moss...I have found that it stays wet too long, hence root rot sets in. I always use clay pots with slits,or plastic pots which I cut slits into. Just my opinion...Betty :-)

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    Here are the other two photos.
    The first is my set up where I have the lighting questions.
    The second is the orchid I repotted. It hardly had any roots that were not rotted. Do you think it has a chance? Is there anything else I should do?
    Thanks for your response Betty, I repotted all of mine like that but this one. Maybe I should repot it without any moss....or would that just traumatize it more?

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    what an awesome grow space! too bad we dont have the room!

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    Ladybird, In MY experience, I have re-potted phals. even when they are budding or in bloom, and if handled carefully, "they never miss a beat!" However, if the one without the roots were mine, I would put a little Rootone on the area where the roots should be, re-pot it and then put it in a warm, shady place and cover with plastic. ( Phals. are low light orchids ) It of course, should be placed in a humid place...pebbles to sit on and a little water in the pan where it sits. I call this my ICU for orchids! Then keep your fingers crossed...Good Luck with it...Betty

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    Jordan, did you get shook out of bed last night because of another quake? Is everything O.K.? Betty

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    If it helps Ladybird I absolutely concur with Betty's advice. I had a phalaenopsis that looked worse than yours and had very little root left and its doing just fine now (with this exact same treatment) with lots of new roots and two new leaves . It takes a good few months to recover, but these phals. can be pretty tough. I also wanted to tell you what a fine grow area you had set up. Its attractive and very functional. Good Luck! AL

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidsal View Post
    ..... I also wanted to tell you what a fine grow area you had set up. Its attractive and very functional. Good Luck! AL
    I agree!
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    Thank you for your advice! I will go buy some Rootone and try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by espranch View Post
    Jordan, did you get shook out of bed last night because of another quake? Is everything O.K.? Betty
    Thanks for the concern Betty, but no thankfully! it is a bit of a concern though, because that night half an hour before, there was a 5. in Tokoroa, about 90kms from us (we didnt feel it though hehe....), and a 5.6 in Bowen, Queensland, Australia! An earthquake in AUSTRALIA!?

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