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My Rescue Phal

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    I found this forum when i was searching for what to do with an orchid I "rescued" from the local garden centre. It was on the clearance shelf as it had finished flowering. All I know is it's a yellow Phal.

    My other Phal, again cheap ones from the supermarkets, seem to have much better roots, so i did some reading and decided to report the rescue one. I'm hoping this was the right thing to do! Im posting here to hopefully find out what else to do.






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    There is just a yellow blotch on one leaf, the brown bit on the end of that leaf is just shadows.

    When i pulled the plant out the pot and removed all the bark, there are certainly some root issues. A few places are soggy. A few places are black, but not fluffy like bad sooty mould. I have more photos, but understand its 4 photos max at a time. Some roots had almost snapped and where still held together by a tiny dead strand of tissue. However, there are some that dont look too bad to my inexperienced eyes, and a new root stub.

    I cut off the obviously wet roots, and the very dead ones, and repotted it in a smaller pot. I also cut out the little plastic basket around the base of the plant. Wherever type of olant it is, i never seem to get on with those root cages or biodegrabable pots! The local garden centre is small and has limited supplies, so i used a rigid, clear plastic pot that might have been a hummus or olive pot. I cut lots of drainage holes in the bottom, and on the side right low down, as my other pots have drainage holes right low down too. I used orchid compost/bark.

    It's now on a sw facing windowsill, just in the plastic pot, with a slightly larger clear plastic pot instead of a pretty one to catch any last drops of water.

    I have been giving them a soaking every week or less, and then letting them drain in the sink before putting them back in pretty pots on the window sill or on my furniture.

    Any advice on what to do better will be very gratefully received
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    I'm sure others will weigh in here also but from the pictures the plant looks healthy enough except for that yellow blotch which could be a problem so keep an eye on it.
    Seems like your doing all the correct things, make sure you sterilize whatever you cut the roots with before using it on anything else just in case you do have a bacterial problem.
    Hold back on watering for a bit to allow the plant to recover somewhat from surgery. Keep the airflow going in your grow area also.
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    thank you. Some of my friends think orchids are really hard to grow, and i have more experience in food crops. You cant get away with chopping roots off spuds or parsnips, so it's a little worrying at first to re-learn a slightly different rule book. I'm glad to hear its not gone too horribly wrong.....yet

    I'm guessing the yellow patch is from over watering, given the mushiness of some of the roots I cut off? Nutrient deficiencies causing discoloration never has been my strong point, but I'm guessing garden centres rely on generic plant watering systems to churn out as many plants in flower as possible. They stock cacti, mainly Phal orchids, azaleas, poisettia and some foliage house plants.

    The photos I cant post at the moment really don't show how bad the roots looked in places - but in my short time i have seen worse photos, and much sicker plants at the garden centre for more money.
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