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This is a discussion on Dying Dendrobium within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by snowghost45 Will I have problems with root rot in a plastic pot ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowghost45 View Post
    Will I have problems with root rot in a plastic pot even with drainage holes.
    WOW! What do you do to them lol? I never use terracotta, cause its too expensive-i need to buy each pot individually. Wheras i can buy bulk plastic pots, or even get them free from work (where we just throw them out), that are only 40c each as opposed to $3.00 each. Thats why i use plastic. How often do you water your plants in the plastic? Do you let the pot sit on a dish of water or something?

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    Oh no. I'm a plant freak, I have pots that I find on the side of the road, the local dump, I live in a rural area and people place pots on the concrete wall for free. The dump is actually a big trash compactor, LOL I never let any of my plants get their feet wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowghost45 View Post
    Oh no. I'm a plant freak, I have pots that I find on the side of the road, the local dump, I live in a rural area and people place pots on the concrete wall for free. The dump is actually a big trash compactor, LOL I never let any of my plants get their feet wet.
    Then i see no reason as to why your plants tend to get root rot in plastic pots. Do you water them every day or something?

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    no I hardly water them I had one phal that the leaves turned mushy and when I transplanted it the roots were black and mushy. I had bought it on sale and it was in a plastic pot.

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    help there , newbie here . my friend and I recently bought some orchids from a plant store . they were not in good health so we got them pretty cheap and we understood that we would have to work with them to get them to where we wanted . having said that my friend's phal died . she had it in the bathroom and she thinks the hot showers her kids would take kept it too moist along with her watering it weekly . besides the plant actually dying how do you know sooner rather than later that your over watering ?

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    I"m a newbie myself, LOL, welcome. I have better luck putting my orchids in clay pots. I don't over water but I rarely put any plant in a plastic pot and I have a jungle trust me. I prefer clay. I transplanted the phal into clay pot with fresh bark medium and it now has new growth in the center. Trim the buds but not the whole bud stem and it is now sprouting new growth on that. I don't water weekly, I check the potting medium and the way the orchid looks.

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    thanks for welcoming me . I didn't say before, but I live in Barbados . I don't have a lot of resources for help where the orchids are concerned so that's why I joined this forum . there seem to be a lot of experienced persons here so I was hoping I could get some help when and if necessary . don't know if there are any caribbean people on here that can give me some insight on how they take care of their orchids , in similar conditions as myself .

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    Well I'm in Virginia and we have cold winters. I'm sure living in Barbados you should have great success with orchids. Welcome to the forum.

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    Wanted to ask your opinion on something . I read somewhere that you should try to stay away from orchids being sold bare root. Tomorrow I am going to a sale at a dendrobium orchid nursery and the manager says they will only have them like that . What do you think about bying them that way ? Have you bought any like that before ? Did anyone else ? Can any of you shed any light on this for me please ?

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    I'm out on this one. Never heard of buying a bare root orchid.

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