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New Grower - phalaenopsis needs feedback from veteran growes

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    Hello There my name is John,

    This is a gift phalaenopsis and I recently started to take care of it. I changed the soil medium and cut rotten roots and repot it a week ago. It had a wooden tip I cut it out as well. I need your feedback on in which condition is my plant is, is it healthy or getting worse?

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    Here is a picture after I cut out the dried roots and repot it. There are some stems or roots growing out of the base root.

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    Couple pictures of the leaves;

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    Can you please tell me if its getting better or worse thanks.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

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    The leaves look pretty good to me. How do the roots in the pot look? Green? Or some other color?

    Personally, I leave roots, dry or not, on the plant.

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    I can see couple fresh green roots, I have managed to take this photo but its kind of blurry;

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    The Phalaenopsis looks healthy enough

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    Thanks for all the replies, I am also wondering why my orchids leaves are wrinkled any ideas?

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    Bad roots from over watering or too little watering. It is a balance we learn to provide our orchids.

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    Welcome to the forum!

    The leaves wrinkle because the plant isn't getting enough water. This can be because the roots are damaged (usually rotting) or because it isn't getting watered enough. The leaves in the pictures look pretty good. If the plant is growing new roots, then it should be fine. Keep it on the warm side to encourage root growth. I am learning that Phals like it warm anyway. You said it had rotten roots, chances are it needs to grow more new roots to fully support the top.

    Does the pot its in have holes on the bottom for drainage? I see holes on the sides, but with bark medium, you need bottom drainage too. If the bark on the bottom sits wet, it will rot and get nasty and damage your roots. Your Phal should get almost dry before you water it again, they like a lot of air on their roots. It looks like you have nice large bark for it, that's good. Be patient, give it time and care, and I think it will be a great plant, it looks good.

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    Thanks for the advice, Yes I have 4 giant holes bottom of the pot. I dont dip the plant in water. I keep it under running water for 5 minutes without getting leaves and crown wet every 2 3 days. I cleaned all the rotten roots, I am sure the plant needs more roots to support the top it will be fine I feel good now for my plant

    It is not sitting wet buy I leave some water ın the bottom pot to get some hummidity, I also have 4 huge holes bottom of the pot. I dont soak the plant in water, I keep it under running water for 5 6 minutes every 2 3 days.

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    As long as it's not sitting in the water in the bottom pot, that should be ok. You might use some Superthrive on it to encourage root growth, or KelpMax and keep the bottom of the pot on the warm side, Phals like warm roots and that would encourage root growth too. Good luck!

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    i would lift it out of the pot, and check all the roots carefully, and remove any slimy/blackened or obviously dead roots. then pot up again in fresh bark mix. the wrinkling leaves are due to the plant's roots dying from being left too wet for too long. phals like to be damp, but not soggy wet. it causes bacteria to attack the roots and makes the problem worse. the leaves may not ever plump back up to normal, but will rehydrate some once the plant is getting enough water again, but it all depends on how much living roots are left. i have had plants recover from this, but have also lost a few... eventually i got to a point where i understood what they want, which is frequent watering but allowing to dry in between waterings, which for me is watering twice a week, but never allow to sit in a puddle of water. for a normal healthy plant, the dried roots are not a concern, but rotting roots are!! that is an infection.

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