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This is a discussion on phrag problem within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; What's up with this Phrag Grouville? It's been in S/H for about 6 months and ...

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    What's up with this Phrag Grouville? It's been in S/H for about 6 months and has been doing well until the past month. The new growth has elongated and begun to sprout roots about 3 inches up and there is rot on one of the leaves. Any ideas?
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    You really ought to unpot this guy and see how the roots are doing. Perhaps it was left wet for a little too long, or you had a few cloudy days and it was wet, but generally you will get rot on a plant that has been left too wet in S&H without it being able to dry out afterwards. I'm also noticing that your leaves are extremely floppy - is this normal for phrags? Usually leaves that flacid are indicators of root problems.

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    The new growth will climb and start roots that are out of the mix , I would re do it removing any rot that you can , I use peroxcide on the remaining stump . Phrags have floppy leaves especially the older ones .Can't comment on the s/h mine are in bark . Hope this helps .. Gin

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    Because it "climbed" so high out of the pot I wonder if if isn't happy in the S/H. I''ve found that when other types of orchids begin to throw airial roots like mad, usually the medium has gone bad. I wasn't sure about the S/H method or the phrags because this is my first experience with it. Also my first phrag. The phals that I repotted in it have done much better. Thanks for the replies.

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    I unpotted and sure enough there was rot. I decided to repot in a regular drainage pot and leave it in hydroton. I am going to try daily misting of the medium and frequent watering. This worked well for a Den Dawn Maree that was languishing.
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    I repotted and I found that there are still viable roots and even a new shoot. Wish me luck, I really like this one.
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    This may just have been the results of the plant adjusting to the higher moisture levels in S/H. I don't have Phrags, but some of my phals will have seemingly healthy roots rot in S/H, but usually have grown new roots that are adjusted to the moisture.

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    Quite a few people grow Phrags . with the pot standing in water .
    Bark s/h or ? the new growths still climb . Your re do looks good . Gin

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    Should be happier without the rotting roots now. Good luck!

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    I agree with the previous posts, that the roots might've rotted and new roots might've grown that were adapted to the S&H media. However, we all know that rotting roots can cause problems - I'm sure your plant will grow much more healthy now! Nice repotting job.

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