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Worried about my phals Orchid roots!

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    Default Worried about my phals Orchid roots!

    Hi everyone! I just joined the forum, and I am very new to orchids. Very new. but I think they are beautiful and really want to do them well, so I think there is hope for me!

    Okay. Probably about a month ago I purchased two clearanced phal orchids. The one was fine, just a broken pot, but the other had a damaged spike. They were just about done flowering, and now I have just one bloom left, as they have slowly fallen off. I finally got around to repotting them in some orchid mix I purchased, and after inspecting the roots, I am worried. I do not think they are a lost cause, compared to some of the pictures I have seen around the forum, so I hope someone can help me save them! I would rather not unpot them again unless I have to, so if we can do this without pictures that would be great, but if it is necessary for some good advice, I will do it.

    The roots seemed shriveled and small to me, but for the most part, they are still green with minimal brown spots. The leaves are, I would say, a medium green color, and what appears to be the beginnings of a new leaf from the middle of the 'damaged' orchid gives me hope. Except for the damaged spike, the other three spikes have remained green. They have been in my bedroom window, which receives a lot of bright light. They may get a little direct sunlight in the early morning, but not for very long.

    I am still trying to get an understanding for how often I need to water these orchids. I am thinking that perhaps I have not been watering them enough? Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thank you!!

    One more little thing (dreaming about the future!)-- If these survive, when should I approximately expect for new spikes, and ultimately new blooms?

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    When the roots look shriveled It sounds as if they have been to dry. They don't need to much water, but you have to soak them and let them drink for a while. Also not to often ofcourse.
    I must admit that Phals are not really my thing ,but if sounds as they have been to dry. Hope some one can give more info.

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    Also, phals don't like the light to be too bright - you might want to move them back a bit so they don't have too much light.

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    How often do you water and what kind of pots are they in?

    I've done both over and underwatering. I also think yours need more water.
    I have been watering mine every 4-5 days. They are in different types of plastic pots and 2 different mixes.
    I know tags and most of what I read says they like low light. I know brightness varies. For me, mine are happy by the window receiving bright light and a little bit of direct sun in the evening as it sets. Cutting back on light can be good when a plant needs to adjust or is in recovery.

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    Thank you all! They are soaking as I type this. They are in plastic pots. I was not watering very much, because of what I had read, and was just misting them more. They are in a special orchid mix I purchased, which does not seem to hold water nearly at all.

    Again, thanks for your help! And any additional advice will be just as appreciated

    Gina

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