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Mold on Clay Pot

This is a discussion on Mold on Clay Pot within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Hello All, An orchid ( Phal ) I recently acquired is in need of some ...

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    Hello All,

    An orchid (Phal) I recently acquired is in need of some attention, and I cant decide if the situation calls for cutting off the lovely blooms in order to re-pot it right away, or if this is something I can wait on until the plant finishes blooming on its own.

    There is a white, fuzzy, soft mold growing on the outside of the clay pot, it is potted in sphag (at least from what I can tell from the top) and smells rather badly at this point. I am going to look for a fan for it today to increase circulation, but it should have been getting some pretty good air movement even without the addition of a fan.

    It has a new leaf that has been growing steadily and happily the entire time I have had it, so the plant does seem to be healthy....but that smell can not be good news.

    What do you think?

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    With phals, the good news is you can repot when they are in bud or bloom, if you are careful not to break too many roots. I've repotted many of them while in bloom and not lost flowers. Often it perks the whole plant up. There are some very good repotting articles that will help you through the repotting process. Good luck...

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    Ah! The situation went from bad to worse! I will repost a new thread as this is no longer about a moldy pot

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktp78 View Post
    Ah! The situation went from bad to worse! I will repost a new thread as this is no longer about a moldy pot
    Oh no, what now?? Hope your orchid is alright.

    cheers,
    BD

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