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Pot within a pot - What to do now?

This is a discussion on Pot within a pot - What to do now? within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I was at a nursery yesterday and saw some phal orchids that no longer had ...

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    Default Pot within a pot - What to do now?

    I was at a nursery yesterday and saw some phal orchids that no longer had their blooms and were 50% off. Of course I couldn't resist. The orchid itself is really healthy, nice leaves, was growing a new spike (until I broke off the tip-doh!..and yeah I read the forum topic on that too) and healthy green tips on roots but was just in need of a serious re-potting.

    That's what I was doing this morning when I saw that all of these roots had grown around an inner pot which had bark inside. I'm not exactly sure what to do now. Should I continue to just pull out the remaining sphag moss and leave the inner pot in place? The roots are otherwise healthy but I know that if I leave the sphag moss, I will kill the phal since I never have luck with sphag. OR, do I keep pulling sphag from around the roots AND carefully cut out pieces of the inner plastic pot?

    Here are some pics of the plant. The phal and I are resting (It has been an hour of painstaking careful sphag surgery - haha).

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    I think you're in luck! It's most certainly "root bound," but it does have some nice healthy roots. Soak some large fir bark, plus 20 % perlite, & 20% charcoal over night. Cut off all dead roots with a sterile knife, and put the orchid into a snug, but not tight pot, & put in the potting mix. Do not water for at least seven days. I think it will do just fine...Betty :-)

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    Yay! The mix was soaked last night and was ready this morning I'll leave that inner pot alone and do what you said, Betty. Thanks!

    Also, this plant was sitting in their greenhouse so I'm worried that I'll lose some of those healthy green roots as my house obviously is not that humid. Is this going to affect the plant's growth dramatically? Other recently purchased phal orchids from box stores have lost aerial roots despite being placed on top of humidity trays...so not exactly sure what else I can be doing to increase humidity around the plants =\. The plant above was not purchased from a box store.

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    Great looking plant. Personally I would remove all the moss and dead roots. I wouldn't worry about the small plastic pot. Removing it could cause a major loss of healthy roots. I have done this with other orchids and have never had bad results. Proceed in planting the orchid in a new pot usung Betty's suggestions.

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    All done, thanks all

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    Wow - look at those roots! Looks like you scored in a big way with this one that appears to be a producer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce184 View Post
    All done, thanks all
    Glad it worked 'out'. Let us know how it does.

    Cheers,
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    Will do, BD. I'm excited and hoping I can get this one to bloom

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    Joyce...One more thing. Orchids like HIGH humidity......Your orchid should be placed in/on a humidity tray. Good luck with it...Betty

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    It's on a tray with pebbles and I'm refilling pretty much every other day. Thanks Betty!

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