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    Hi orchid lovers!

    I have recently repotted all of my phals and being a beginner myself, I am not so sure if I have correctly repotted this particular noid phal.
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    This one had less roots than I thought so I decided to put back in the same clear plastic pot. I lost one bottom leaf since the repot and another bottom leaf wrinkled and wilted.
    Can anyone please tell me if this was due to congested media or aerial roots drying out too quickly?
    I water all my orchids once a week and this phal was doing perfectly before the repot.
    I don't think I will ever stop asking questions about orchids ...

    Andrew

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    Hi Andrew,

    The phal looks fine but for the ariel root looks bit dry. roots inside the containers appear to be doing ok. I would think Phal is doing ok.

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    I concur with ksriramkumar.

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    Thanks! Such a relief that I don't need to repot it again :

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    Mine too loss one or two lower leaves after repotting, i think it's natural for them to loose lower leaves and btw your plant looks healthy.
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    And i used to mist the ariel roots if they look dry.
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    How muck of the roots did you bury? I actually had this problem when I underburied my roots once. The leaves turn yellowish but not like before they drop. Soon the blooms wilt. If it looks like a wrinkly leaf yellowing just bury a few more (obviously not all) roots and definitely water it it looks very dry (but that could also be a reflection of the pic. you can be the judge of that.)

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    We always put all of the roots back into the mix when repotting our phals. Here is a video on how we do it here:



    cheers,
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    Make sure that the bark is holding moisture. Fresh bark can actually be water repellent. I agree with Bruce in putting all the roots in the pot. I also have no problem in pruning the roots if needed. I find within a month or two, a single root when pruned can produce several branches. Also remember that when you repot an orchid you need to look ahead for the amount of room it will need 1-2 years from now.

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    Thank you for your inputs.
    After I have posted this thread, I have lost 2 bottom leaves immediately. As the day gets hotter and drier, the plant is looking unhealthy so I have decided to repot it again.
    I will try to bury most of the roots in the pot and will use a bigger pot this time as I think the pot in the picture above is a bit small for this orchid.
    All of the orchids I have lost 2-3 leaves in the past few weeks and I believe it is the lack of humidity which has contributed to this.

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    Be sure to soak your bark for several hours before using it, so that it will absorb moisture better.

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