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Not sure what the white marks on the Phal orchid roots are!

This is a discussion on Not sure what the white marks on the Phal orchid roots are! within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Without a pic of the 'intruder' it's tough to determine. Your plant looks healthy to ...

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    Without a pic of the 'intruder' it's tough to determine. Your plant looks healthy to me, perhaps a little wet, unless you just watered it. My best guess is snow mold. If so, un-pot, rinse the roots with a 1% Peroxide solution & re-pot with new mix into a new clean pot. Then just watch your watering / humidity and air flow to prevent future attacks. Mold loves cool and wet places with little air movement. Just my 2 cents...

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    Here's what's going on with the roots in the front. Something doesn't look right with the light colored root of the close up one and I don't want to be surprised when i go to re-pot. I'm very skittish about bugs (alright, extremely so). The back of the pot shows less roots but all green.

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    Take a look at the root on the left to the following pic.

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    Lastly, my bottom leaf is starting to look like its drying away and the large big leaf has a dry line in the center of it. What should I do with the leaf that is drying up at the bottom? And the top one?

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    I was very impressed at how well my orchid was doing.....the smallest leaf popped up in the last month and a half! The more I read, the more I'm getting nervous about the state of the plant. I've gotten very attached to the orchid.....it kept me company while in hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Orchid Lover View Post
    Thank you Yvonni, I ordered a set of pots since there are none to be found in my area in stores and you never know what you get until you receive them. I could always put some peanut packing into the bottom and sides of the bigger pot if needed. I will upload the other pics to show you the spots. Thank you so much.
    I would add packing peanuts to the bottom and *center* rather than the sides. The center tends to be the last thing to dry, so by adding styrofoam to the center you allow the media to dry more evenly. Instead of dry roots on the outside and wet rotten roots in the center you get roots that all dry at the same rate (relatively speaking). And the white fuzziness you see on the roots is just part of the root, it is how the roots attach themselves to their host.

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    That is a perfectly healthy plant with very nice healthy roots. The white thing in question in the photos of the second post is a kind of tissue orchid roots produce to adhere to the media. Something with a rough surface to hold tight.

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    I second all that has been said here so far . The white stuff is good stuff , the plant looks very healthy and that pic of the bad root is just one and you can cut that off when you repot it .The leaves look nice and perky , it doesn't look like you have anything to worry about here . In my experience though, when you repot sometimes you lose some roots .So don't freak out if maybe another root dies . Repotting gives you a chance to really look at the plant and examine it thoroughly . Just mind the over potting and the over watering .

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    Will do! Thank you Yvonni.

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    You are very welcome

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    Those spots are a normal part of the root on Phals. Unsure of their technical term, someone else will chime in.

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    Thanks all. Well today I finally re-potted my Phala and I was quite surprised that most of the outer roots against the pot were green and the inner roots were all yellow and breaking......I assume they are rotting. The orchid was potted with a sort of peat moss soil and only a few pieces of bark on top.......unlike the potting mix I bought which is mostly bark, stones, charcoal and a few pieces of moss. I wasn't sure how far up to cut the root, especially since some of them had healthy shoots coming out of them midway so I winged it. The ones that were black were cut at the very top. I have a plastic slotted pot to give it lots of air and I put very few peanuts at the bottom because the pot filled up quickly. I drenched and drained it and its now sitting near a fan for air circulation. Its amazing how the leaves look so healthy and the roots were so few and starting to rot. I'm hoping the re-potting will get it healthy again.

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    I believe the roots that were close to the container that you said were good is why you would still have perky looking leaves

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