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Rescued Phal needs help!!!

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    Default Rescued Phal needs help!!!

    HI everybody!
    I got this Phal from a friend who rescued it from a hotel, where it was planted in the soil directly. It is in moss, I think, but it is all too dry to remove the moss. Should I soak it in water before I try to remove the moss?and also, is this medium on the photo ok for it? It has some soil in it, so I`m not sure if it is ok, but that`s the only one I could find. Should I cut the dead roots?Except, I don`t see any healthy, green ones! I really like this plant, it is even putting an effort and sending a new leaf , so I think it deserves a try to make it a happy plant again! Thanks for your help!
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    In my opinion the roots do not appear too bad.
    I would soak the plant to soften the existing media and remove as much as possible. Then I would cut off any dead roots, those that are dark brown and mushy. Plant in new bark orchid mix, it's a good idea to soak new mix in water for 24 hours before use.
    Plant should be happy after repotting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkhom View Post
    In my opinion the roots do not appear too bad.
    I would soak the plant to soften the existing media and remove as much as possible. Then I would cut off any dead roots, those that are dark brown and mushy. Plant in new bark orchid mix, it's a good idea to soak new mix in water for 24 hours before use.
    Plant should be happy after repotting.
    I agree!

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    Yep, agree with above. Soak it first. You can add a little sugar to the water before soaking it too. Then repot it and treat it like any other Phals. No extreme measures needed.

    Mike

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    probably if you soak it some roots will turn green when wet. make sure you do not cut good roots just because they look dry.

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    Hmmm! You might want to sift some of the finer stuff out of the bark mix. As you said, looks like some dirt is mixed in and that would not allow the roots to breathe very well.

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    And...if you have some of those packing peanuts laying around....throw three or four into the bottom of the pot and it will give a nice air pocket. I use a mix very similar to yours, as long as you provide a nice air pocket in the pot bottom it should be okay.
    Good Luck...

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    Thanks sooo much for the advice! well, I did it! First, i soaked it for maybe 20 min in water mixed with some sugar, and then removed the moss(awfull smell :-(), and then I trimed the roots that looked bad. then I repotted it in a homemade pot( couldn`t find a clear one to buy, so I made one out of a plastic bottle). Maybe it is a bit deep, but it too late now! I did put some styropore on the bottom of the `pot`, and drilled 8 holes , hope it`s enough. Hope it turns up healty and happy! Can`t wait till it blooms, to see what color is it! Thank you all so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by orcoholic View Post
    Yep, agree with above. Soak it first. You can add a little sugar to the water before soaking it too. Then repot it and treat it like any other Phals. No extreme measures needed.

    Mike
    Hi Mike:

    Why would you add the sugar? Wouldn't this attract insects or do you wash off the sugar completely after tending to the roots?

    Regards,
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    On the one hand the plant absorbs a small amount of the sugars for energy. On the other hand, sugar also attracts bugs and fungus so need to be careful

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