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When to repot a phal orchid

This is a discussion on When to repot a phal orchid within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have a few Phal orchids that I purchased while they were currently flowering. I ...

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    I have a few Phal orchids that I purchased while they were currently flowering. I wanted to know when the best time to repot them from the plastic container they came in into an orchid pot. The roots look very healthy. Should I wait until it's done flowering to repot into an orchid pot?

    Also, if I do not cut back the spike when it drops all of its flowers, will it re-flower on the same spike again?

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    If the roots look nice and green when wet and the moss isn't packed so tightly that it holds a lot of water and prevents the roots from breathing, I'd wait to repot until the blooming cycle completes.

    If you leave the spike intact after the blooms have dropped, it may grow another bud or 2 and bloom. You can also cut the spike back to the first node (about 1/2 inch above the node) below where the first flower was, dress the wound on the end of the spike with powdered cinnamon and with a little lick, a new growth will emerge from the node. That will be a new spike that blooms. It does exhaust an orchid to bloom, so the above technique is recommended for healthy phals only.

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    I repot all Phals I purchase as soon as I get them home. The repotting doesn't hurt the blooms at all, and preserves a healthy root system.

    Keep in mind that a healthy Phal can have blooms open for several months. Leaving the root system in moss for that long can seriously compromise the roots unless you are expert at managing water in that medium.
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    Thank you both for the advice! That makes me more confident in my decision to cut the spike and repot my orchids.

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    I repotted a phAl that was blooming and I agree with Catt Mandu , it didn't seem to hurt the phal. More blooms even opened after. The roots and moss were so tightly packed that they weren't drying out. I was afraid I would lose the phal.

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    I have and will in the future repot in bloom phals from sphag moss especially if it is not allowing satisfactory breathing of the roots. But if the moss is reasonable, I will wait until the flowering cycle ends. But it will end up in bark mix or s/h at a point. So it warrants a case by case decision.

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    I'm with you and Traci on this one. If the plant doesn't come in a clear pot I get nervous. One of the phals my wife brought home recently looks great, all the buds have opened, but one did wilt. It's packed in tight sphag moss and I'm considering repotting to a clear one and big bark. I've had good luck with repotting phals in bloom and would rather be safe and maybe a little sorry. Harvey, have you checked your mail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asmithcvt View Post
    I have a few Phal orchids that I purchased while they were currently flowering. I wanted to know when the best time to repot them from the plastic container they came in into an orchid pot. The roots look very healthy. Should I wait until it's done flowering to repot into an orchid pot?

    Also, if I do not cut back the spike when it drops all of its flowers, will it re-flower on the same spike again?
    I'm curious, when you say "orchid pot" what are you referring too? I've never been to an orchid grower and will probably find a lot of things I didn't know existed when I do. I like to use clear plastic containers that potato salad and deli products are sold in. I sterilize them and drill holes in the sides and bottom for venting / air circulation. Are you talking about the decorative pots?

    As for new blooms on an old Phal spike - 78Terp forgot to mention he's pretty good at coaxing orchids. Reblooming a spike can be done by trimming at the third node from the bottom too. And if you're interested in growing a new orchid (keiki) on an old spike it can be done naturally or with keiki paste too. Sometimes you'll get a rebloom when you want a keiki... either way, it's all good.

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    Yes, I bought some decorative ceramic pots with holes in the side. Some of my plants are too top heavy that they won't stand upright in plastic pots. They are also on a half wall between my kitchen and living room so I wanted them to look nice.

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    Most of my Phals are potted in the decorative ceramic pots with a lot of holes in them in large bark with some sphagnum moss to hold some moisture (I live where it is dry and don't water a lot). For me that works well, so I don't mess with it.

    I will leave a new Phal in the little plastic pot in moss if the roots are good and watch it very closely and water sparingly. If it comes to me soggy or with iffy roots, I leave the flowers on it and re-pot it. If it's stressed it'll drop the flowers pretty quickly any way, then I cut back the stem. If it's happy enough to keep the flowers, I let it.

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    Hi Asmithcvt, which way did you go? Did you repot? And if you did, how are they doing? Just wondering... T

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