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Help me save my plant

This is a discussion on Help me save my plant within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I need help, quick! I have had this Phal for over 2 years, and it ...

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    I need help, quick! I have had this Phal for over 2 years, and it was doing just fine, it rebloomed 2 times, and is in bloom right now. But all the roots that were in the container dried, I don`t know why, just can`t understand. I was watering once a week, and it grew at least 4 new leaves for two years. The plant looks ok, but it is starting to wilt, becouse it has no roots in the medium! It has, as you can see , a lot of areal roots, but when I put them in the pot they dry out. I cut the spike to let the plant relax a bit, and I mist the roots and the plant 2 times a day,but it is not enough water. So, what should I do? There are some new roots growing, but upwords, maybe I should try to grow it in S\H?? PLEASE HELP, IT WAS MY FIRST PHAL AND I LOVE IT! It`s the reason I got into orchids n the first place!
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    Relax ! That is one healthy Phal ! It will surely do well. The first thing you want to do is remove the phal from the pot. Cut out any dry, dead roots. Then soak the plant in a bucket with room temp. water with some fungicide (make sure the crown is not submerged in the water. Leave the plant for about 2 hours. After thorough soaking the roots will become very flexible. Now you want to repot the plant in such way that you coax most of the roots into the pot (take a bigger pot). I would recommend LECA even if you do not want SH. It will do just fine.

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    I agree with Amey. The plant just needs to be repotted.

    Susan

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    Yep...time to repot. Repotting is not too complicated of a process if you've got good instructions. Luckily this site has a few good links on repotting orchids:

    Click here for a very nice article on repotting Phals.

    Here's one that I did for Oncidiums which shows a slightly different potting mix and uses clay pots, which I personally prefer.

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    Thank you all...I hope this turns ok, but I`m affraid that the roots are going to dry put again..But, thyank a lot for your responses!

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    Have you repotted it yet? Hope it goes well!

    Cheers,
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    Have you repotted it yet? Hope it goes well!

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    Hi Dana,

    The roots are trying to get away from the pot - literally.
    That is an indication that they don't like the conditions inside the pot.

    I mist the roots and the plant 2 times a day
    I was watering once a week
    The aerial roots are healthy because they are receiving the water that the plant needs.

    The roots that were inside the pot are dying out because the plant has "retired" them.
    Keeping roots alive uses up the plant's energy. If the roots inside the pot are not getting enough water, and the aerial roots are getting plenty of water, then the plant will decide that only the aerial roots are worth keeping and discard the rest.
    Roots inside a dry pot will just be a resource drain - and the orchid is in no mood for charity employment.

    So what is really happening is that you are encouraging the plant to produce more aerial roots.

    Try the following culture changes:
    1. Mist less often.
    2. Water more often.

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