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This is a discussion on Moss to bark within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; I have a mini phal that I have had for two months now it originally ...

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    I have a mini phal that I have had for two months now it originally was in moss an it was replanted a bout three weeks ago in a bark mix but now I had problems with the new leaves shrinking an yellowing I watered her yesterday an her roots are already silver an she lost the new leaves has an one experience this kinda stress when switching mediums if so how can I help smooth over the transition
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    Going from moss to bark is the hardest on them. The roots are used to a more damp environment so they don't do well in the dry environment of the bark. It would be best to get some moss and make a mixture of moss and medium size bark. I just repotted a couple of orchids yesterday that were packed solid in moss. It took an hour each to pick all the degraded moss out of the mass of roots. I repotted them in a 50/50 mixture of moss and perlite to help keep the mixture light and airy. If I had put them into straight bark (which is what they actually should be potted in) they would dehydrate and probably die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sciencegal View Post
    If I had put them into straight bark (which is what they actually should be potted in) they would dehydrate and probably die.
    When I first got into orchids and did my first mass orchid repotting (at the time that was like 8 phals), all of them got dehydrated from the mix. The ones that survived that repot are only now starting to gain size again after nearly 2 years.

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    My first orchid, a mini phal, was given to me a few years ago and admittedly I didn't know what I was doing at first. I am amazed that it is still alive given all the odd things I did to it. I have learned that it simply will not grow roots into anything resembling moss. I finally got some good root growth in the last few months. But in a mixture of moss and bark the roots will not grow into the moss. It also got repotted yesterday into a smaller pot with bark and perlite. I am going to water it with a spray bottle with a bit of fertilizer. Next step is to try mounting it. I have another mini phal which has few roots and has the same attitude towards moss. There seems to be something with the mini phals which makes them more difficult to care for. I think I read another post here where someone said the same thing.

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    I have a mini phal that has made the transition successfully. It is growing roots like crazy right now and just finished adding a leaf. I have another still in sphag that has great roots but no leaves. I am hoping for a basal keiki soon. Both are in an ochidarium.

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    Should I up the watering ?
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    Are there pictures available? Pics always help others understand the issue.

    Withholding water can encourage root development. Any watering you do please avoid getting water on the stem at all as best you can. If you see any pooling of water in any crevasse use a tissue or paper towel or such to dry it. We don't want to encourage any crown rot.

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    I will post pictures in a bit an I added a bit of moss to the mix an watered it the soak method
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    Ok. Pictures of the roots thru the pot would have been helpful too. There are roots in the bark inside the pot?

    But the orchid looks ok from the pics. The remaining leaves don't look dehydrated from what I can see. If it stops there, then it is OK. The watering part is the part that is still unknown.

    You said the roots are silvery. I call it whitish. Do the roots turn green when you get them wet? If so, then by all means feel free to water this orchid when silvery/whitish. If not, then we might want to encourage it to put out new roots.

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