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This is a discussion on *sigh* So frustrated. within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Is there any pitting or discoloration on the leaves? Can you post a picture? A...
Is there any pitting or discoloration on the leaves? Can you post a picture?
I'm in the same boat as you. Last year I had crown rot on a phal that my wife bought for me. Luckily I was able to save the plant by repottiing in bark, still don't know why phals always come potted in sphag moss. Now I have one that spiked almost two months ago, but seems to be in a holding pattern, hasn't shown any growth. My Catts and Oncidiums all bloomed and now show new growth. I don't know what's going on.
Maybe your phal is trying hard to get accustomed to the new medium, mine stall and wilt a little right after repotting and for a week or two, and on the third week they start to show signs of revival.
Lack of high humidty, IME, should not be an issue.
I agree that improperly potted sphagnum dries out way too slow, and I rarely use sphag in plastic pots because the plants will tip over very easily when in spike when it dries out.
In clay pots, however, especially if it's a *new* clay pot, and properly potted (i.e. *loosely*), I find plants dry out VERY quickly. I just potted a phal a few weeks ago into clay/sphag, and had to water every 3-4 days. mind you, this is on a windowsill with low humidity, but relatively cool temps & shaded light here in NYC.
I would knock the plant out of its pot and look at the roots. I would suspect they're alive but shrivelled, in which case you would need more frequent watering.
just the advice i needed!!! thanks all! good luck sand tiger! i with you, figuring it out is driving me nuts. I have one i don't do anything to but water and feed. Its been in the same spot for about a year and has a plant of equal size right next to it. the roots look textbook. i usually even forget its here because it sits with my violets under some lights. i