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Saving a discount Phal

This is a discussion on Saving a discount Phal within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello all! I'm pretty new to growing phals, but could not resist a $5.00 experimental ...

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    Hello all! I'm pretty new to growing phals, but could not resist a $5.00 experimental plant. It was in one of those no draining death cubes with sphagnum moss packed in tightly to suffocate it, so when I got home I immediately began repotting. I cut off all the very obviously dead roots and was left with some 1/2 healthy looking ones.. I'm just not sure whether to stop here or if these other roots are a problem? Could someone explain to me how to identify which of these roots might also need to go? I know they're supposed to be white tipped and beautiful.. most of these are black tipped and.. well you see. Any advice would be great, thank you!
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    I would leave the roots that are left. There are some new tips and the others though not in perfect health can still help sustain your plant. I see the bloom spike is still on there. Since the plant isn't in the best of health I would remove that as well. Give the plant time to recover then it will bloom again for you.

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    Welcome. Very sound advice from Jeff.

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    Thanks so much for your quick responses! I took your advice and left the rest of the roots alone and cut off the spike (which was spent anyhow). It's all potted up in a lava rock/bark mix in a planter that's got air slits on the side. That sound about right? Hope its happier in there than in the death cube, anyway!

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    Welcome Shani. You will get very good advice from this forum.

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    Welcome again, Shani,
    As I commented I have 61 phals in my basement under grow lights. I have been growing phals since June 2012. I have only had limited success in reblooming them. My fertilizer is formula 19 31 17 water soluble. It is urea base which is not recommended for orchids, cut my orchids are thriving on it. Some have rebloomed, and others are in bud. Of course, I have just bought 20 more day before yesterday. I have read 7 books on growing orchids, but I am still a newbie. Bye for now: I have to go to church! Curtis (dadof5kids@gmail.com).

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    Hi Shani, Welcome to Orchid Talk forum and I also concur with Jeff’s advice.

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