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Can you repot an orchid when in bloom?

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    Default Can you repot an orchid when in bloom?

    I have read several of the beginner phal posts on here, but still have a question...

    Can I repot when phal is in bloom? I have had this phal since June and figured since the leaves/blooms look great, that meant the roots were fine too. Took a look today and.... Not so much. Most of the roots look very dried out. Leaves are feeling softer too. I see at least 3 good, firm, green/gray roots. The rest are dry, brown, crinkly.

    I've watered him with 3 ice cubes once a week since June (my others too, and they look fantastic all around), I guess that's not enough? So I know I need to repot, cut dead roots back, give it some root treatment.... But can I do that while it's still in bloom? It has 11 blooms and 1 bud. Has dropped 3 flowers in last 3 weeks.

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    Dont repot, just increase watering. Phals should only just dry out between watering, and i always use the top layer of medium as a guideline-if it is dry ontop, flush with more water. You should see new roots starting to emerge in a few weeks/months, and you could also try using some liquid root hormone (maybe 2 drops in a litre of water?) and flush it through. I would cut the dry roots just before where they meet the plant, and carefully pull them out.

    And icecubes? Ive heard of these so called ice phals, but its all a myth. Just sit the plants on the bench and flush with water for about 15 minutes at a time, and repeat, again, when the medium looks dry.
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    If you are going to cut roots, you will probably lose the flowers. So just enjoy the flowers and water well. It will grow new roots quick, and you can repot when it has lots of new roots to survive with. I repot when blooming but it's just a step up in pot size not root trimming. A step up potting creates little shock and the plant rarely notices except it suddenly has more room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctb View Post
    If you are going to cut roots, you will probably lose the flowers. So just enjoy the flowers and water well. It will grow new roots quick, and you can repot when it has lots of new roots to survive with. I repot when blooming but it's just a step up in pot size not root trimming. A step up potting creates little shock and the plant rarely notices except it suddenly has more room.
    Trimming the dead roots will have no effect whatsoever, like i said, just dont disturb the medium-ie, dont remove the plant, just carefully pull out the dead roots. I wouldnt remove the plant while in flower, as phals tend to have very loosely packed medium, and it all falls out anyway, causing the plant a bit of distress.

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    I'd wait until it stops blooming to repot and if possible, stop using ice cubes and take it to a sink and water thoroughly - let the water actually run out of the bottom of the pot for several seconds. Watering with ice cubes is just a marketing gimmick. There's probably nothing wrong with it (i.e. the orchid probably won't die), but there's nothing good about it either. It simply doesn't work as well as proper watering.

    Proper watering is to thoroughly soak the potting medium and then wait until the orchid is almost dry before watering again. Running water through the pot helps draw oxygen down to the roots too. Three ice cubes a week doesn't sound like enough to me unless the orchid is in a 2" pot.

    If you get any water on the leaves or in the crown, blot it with a paper towel.

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    Thanks you all for the advice crossing my fingers and hoping for the best! Looking around on the forum shows me how much I just DIDN'T know about raising orchids. I think I'm up for the challenge tho!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosie View Post
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    Burnetts Organic, its made from Seaweed extract, and smells REALLY bad but it works. Its an Australian brand, i mean that its made in Aussie. Use sparingly.

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