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This is a discussion on Phalaenopsis repotting within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hi there! Need some of your expertise advise again... The weather is not good these ...

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    Hi there! Need some of your expertise advise again...

    The weather is not good these days, raining everyday for the whole week already, and so I decided to get my phals indoor to let them dry a bit coz they are potted with sphagnum moss. I noticed the other phal had a few visible roots that seemed dried up, just like a sheet of paper then when i removed it a string is inside. But the other visible roots look healthy. Is it sign of root rot? I'm afraid to repot or remove the plant from the pot coz I only repotted them around 3 months ago, and after I repotted, the plant grew a lot bigger and new roots are shooting out. The plant now got 6 big leaves and 1 small leaf coming out. So I'm now hoping that it will grow spike. So my questions are: Is it good to remove from the pot to check on the roots or repot it? How long should the phals be repotted? Coz roots are starting to shoot out of the pot again. Will repotting affect the flowering? Coz I'm really hoping that it will flower soon coz it didn't flower the whole year last year.

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    it might flower if you let it get cool at night time for a few weeks. Mine flower for me if I give them an 8 degree celcius drop in temperature at night time. Maybe gently take the plant out of the pot to inspect the roots, try to keep the rootball in tact with the medium still attached, just to give yourself a better look. If there are lots of roots outside the pot it sounds like its quite happy, although I would wonder why the roots dont want to grow down into the media? Have a look at the remaining roots just to put your mind at rest but maybe keep them inside for a while to dry them out.

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    IF the roots are growing out of the pot, the media may not be good for them to grow into. Better check and repot. Also, many phals as Hannah noted need a cooling off period before spikes will initiate. Since you are in Manila, I am not sure how cool it gets there at all. Is this a native phal or an imported one? Natives should be okay unless they come from a higher elevation where it gets cooler.

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    Thank you Hannah and BD for your advices. Think will need to buy fresh moss again,coz i only used dried moss bought from the hardware store and added some charcoal. It is not a native phal but I'm not sure if it's imported just bought it at a local nursery. This morning, a round spot that is very soft formed at the bottom most leaf! Hope nothing will go wrong with this plant. It's my favorite one... so worried...geee

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    Oh, I wonder if it is sunburn? Perhaps try using bark instead of sphag, you might need to water more often but at least you wont have to worry about the media becoming soggy. Good luck anyway, I am sure your plants will be fine =)

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    Thank you Hannah! will try to look for the barks. hope it will really be fine.

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    No worries =) Hope the sky dries up a bit for you!

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    Mabuhay!

    @dukejenn......magandang maulan na hapon. (a good and rainy afternoon). With this kind of weather, this is somehow a good time to plant. In my own experience, big chunks of charcoal is the best medium for phalaenopsis or try to mount or use tree fern slabs. Good air circulation around the roots is very much preferred by phals. Can you post a pic of your phal?
    congrats and goodluck

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    No worries =) Hope the sky dries up a bit for you!
    Thank you Hannah! It's still cloudy here and typhoon is still around, so still expect to rain for the next few days.

    [QUOTE]With this kind of weather, this is somehow a good time to plant. In my own experience, big chunks of charcoal is the best medium for phalaenopsis or try to mount or use tree fern slabs. Good air circulation around the roots is very much preferred by phals. Can you post a pic of your phal?
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    Thank you! My vandas are happy with this weather, coz the roots are all popping out and looks so fresh. But my phals are not that happy i think, maybe it's because i use moss as medium. I always thought phals like moist condition so i chose the moss. But the problem comes when it's raining like this coz my plants are outside 24/7
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