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Repotted Phal.

This is a discussion on Repotted Phal. within the New Growers: Ask the Senior Members forums, part of the New Growers category; Hello again everyone! I just wanted to put in an update on how things were ...

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    Hello again everyone! I just wanted to put in an update on how things were going. All but one of my blooms has finally dropped off and boy that one just keeps going and going. I cut down the spike which had all flowers drop off to see if it might put out another. I've seen all over the place to cut down below the first bloom, not knowing to cut right above, on, or right below next node down I cut right above it. Also, I decided to go ahead with the repotting because I wanted a clay pot with slits so the roots can have air, to try to aleviate the pesky flying critters, and I wanted more bark type media instead of the soil type bark it was in. I did go 1/2 inch bigger which was hard to find 6 1/2 clay with slits but I found it! When I repotted I cleaned off old media and found some roots in center that were 'mushy' but most of them were healthy. I soaked bark mix and sphagnum moss in water with a little bit of fertilizer (was time anways). Now I am waiting 2 weeks before I rewater though I can see that it will dry properly in this material and clay pot. I just have one question ..can anyone tell me what this might be..I was thinking root but I was just curious. I also posted one pic of the plant itself.

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    Looks a fairly good job @ repotting... certainly looks neater than when I do it...

    not sure about what you're pointing at... but as they say, patience is a virtue... just don't sqieeze it or anything

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    Well thank you! Yeah I suppose I am a little bit of a neat freak..I did take some of that sphag moss off of the top because it was too full. Oh yeah I haven't messed with it, I was just curious if maybe it was going to turn into another spike or something..probably just a root. It feels very hard to the touch ..it's very sturdy in there, but yeah I'm just going to be patient and see what happens. Do you think the plant looks healthy in the picture? One question I forgot to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfmaiden77
    Do you think the plant looks healthy in the picture? One question I forgot to ask.
    I'm hopeless with phalaenopsis... but to my untrained eye, it looks to be doing well, nice big leaves... but I will leave the conclusive report to the experts...

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    It looks very happy. Make sure you do a moisture check after about a week to see how the media is doing... the old finger in the media up to the knuckle is fine... I think that little dry thing you are pointing to is an old dead root... if I'm looking at the right thing.

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    Thank you both for your advice on the plant Yeah I was thinking it might need some water sooner than 2 weeks because I noticed that it definitely dried out ALOT faster than the plastic pot and old media it was in. Thanks for the tip Diane! I don't want to mess up the repotting process. I might just give it a little bit of water tomarrow. Hmmm dead root ..yeah I could see that maybe it started to come out then just dried up or something. I notice the plant doesn't seem to be doing too much growing but looks healthy enough. One thing I did forget to do was cut down the long roots before repotting. They were pretty long, do you think it will be ok?

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    The plant looks great Brenda! Don't worry about the repotting. Phals are pretty sturdy. I never cut healthy roots, regardless of how long they are. I also don't hold off watering after repotting. I figure I've stressed the poor plant enough, and I just give it what it wants.

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    What you are pointing at is indeed a dead root that has been stripped of its velamen.

    Nice plant and it looks like you did a good job repotting.

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    Thank you Julie & Clint! You're going to make me blush! That really does make me feel good that I did an ok job on my baby. Those roots did seem pretty healthy too. Yeah I don't think it would be good to hold off the watering because it does seem to be drying out pretty quick. I do keep humidity around 60 % and the day temps get around 80 and I've been trying to drop night back down to 70. In fact this orchid has brought out the plant person in me. I went and bought a hibiscus and some hybrid lillies which look promising to be beautiful already. Both plants have pink blooms and I put them all in a great big pond looking pot so I hope those do well, also.

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