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Mini phal with rotten roots

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    Hi!
    One of my mini phalenopsis began to dehydrate, the leafs are soft and wrinkled, even if she has new tiny roots and a new leaf.
    The dehydration has got worse and today i got it out of the substrate.
    The roots were all rotten.
    I don't know why...i watered it every time when the substrate was completly dried and she has holes all over the pot, so i don't think she got too much moist.
    Is it possible that the roots had too much fertilizer and so they rotten? One watering is with simple water and one is with diluted fertilizer.
    Thank you.

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    What sort of media was your mini Phal planted in? A lot of them come in tightly packed sphagnum moss, which works well for greenhouses, but doesn't dry out well enough for home growing. Otherwise your growing media could be old and broken down and not allowing air to the roots. Another possibility is the pot is too large and the outside part is drying out, but around the roots it is staying wet - esp possible if it was repotted and any old media was left around the roots. Some store bought plants come with the original moss packed around the roots, then stuffed into more moss in a larger pot.

    I doubt your dilute fertilizer caused root rot, not experienced with that problem. For me its always either the wrong media or lack of drainage, or leaving them in the original media they came in and it being wrong for my home. I'm not an over-waterer, though sometimes my Phals suffer from under-watering.

    I'd try repotting it in an open bark media, personally I add some loose sphagnum moss as it is dry here and low humidity. Be sure to cut off bad roots, spray with a fungicide and maybe soak in Kelp Max solution (or similar product) to help it recover. Keep it on the warm side and continue to water when it dries out. Keep in a low stress area - not too bright, decent humidity - and since you say it has a new leaf and baby roots, it should recover.

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    When i bought it, the plant was in sphagnum moss but i replanted it in bark.
    The pot in which the plant sits now is the same that came from the shop.
    I don't think it has to much moist because i let the bark to dry completly before i watered it again and also that's the reason why i made wholes in the pot, to have a better ventilation at the roots.

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    Perhaps they are not rotted, but just dying off because of the change of media. Roots adapt to the conditions they are grown in as they grow and, when you changed those conditions, the plant has to grow new roots that are adapted to the new conditions. If it is actively growing there is a good chance it will grow roots that like being in bark and be ok. Same sort of treatment, give it time, keep it warm with some humidity and not too bright. You can water with KelpMax solution - I'm pretty excited about it right now because I got some a couple of months ago and have seen some happy results from it.

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