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Help! My orchids having problems and I don't know what its trying to tell me =(

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    How often should I change the moss? The nursery never told me :P

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    You're orchids seem very healthy!! Lots of nice roots. I concur with the others the temperature change should help to get a spike. Also I found that some of mine will spike at different times than others. If you haven't repotted it you might want to consider it & since you've been successful with the moss maybe stick with that. I use bark for mine but I live up here in the Northwest so with So Cals drier conditions you might find you will be watering more using the bark. Hope this helps some, just my .02 Good luck with your beautiful phal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phristova View Post
    How often should I change the moss? The nursery never told me :P
    Once a year is the norm for Sphagnum moss

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    Thank you everyone =)

    I ended up re potting my orchids today as I lost 3 of the new roots growing in =(

    And it was a good thing I did because I found out my pot was not draining well, and most of the root system turned yellow or molded. =( I'm hoping my plant can hang in till the newest roots stabilize.

    I re-potted them in the pots they originally came in but I did not wash them.. Will this be a big problem? There was no plant matter remaining from the last time, but now that i was reading more on re-potting a lot of my sources recommended washing the pots with bleach.

    Thank you again I have already learned so much here.

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    As long as you made sure all the old media was out of the pots, and each of the plants went into the exact same pot it came in, I think they will be fine.

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    Your Phal looks great ! No need to worry healthy roots and leaves. It's normal to have blemishes and cracking. I do let me Phal take morning sun until early afternoon. I don't have a problem with burning probably because I have tinted windows but they seem happy so I souldn't advise it unless you have a sheer curtain between them. Keep up with everything and I'm sure they will bloom for you in the fall. Remeber patience is a virtue of which I am learning everyday and waiting with my orchids!.

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    I heard from experts that leaf spots can be attributed to bacterial infection and to make sure getting enough sun. I live in shady house in New England, so I feel i cannot get them enough sun. I move them to diff windows sometimes to get them more. Unless youre in Arizona or they are in a green house, is this ever really an issue?

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    I have lights all over the house for my orchids.

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    Thank you so much, from here i also learn a lot from all those info...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elondo01 View Post
    I heard from experts that leaf spots can be attributed to bacterial infection and to make sure getting enough sun. I live in shady house in New England, so I feel i cannot get them enough sun. I move them to diff windows sometimes to get them more. Unless youre in Arizona or they are in a green house, is this ever really an issue?
    You can select orchids that do well in shady conditions like phals and a few others. They can go outside in the summer if you have a shady place. There is plenty of light in places like Arizona or New Mexico but the problem is low humidity. Some folks have lots of light and humidity and heat, but can't 'easily' grow orchids that need cooler conditions. You just have to pick those that do well in your environment.

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