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Not My Phal! *Screams*

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    Default Not My Phal! *Screams*

    Nooooooo! From now on, I am repotting every new orchid I get. No matter what.

    Remember how I was complaining about the bag of standing water my Phal had been left in at the store? Well, apparently, it had been there a while. The damage was done. See for yourself:


    I noticed the top most flower had begun to wilt and finally pulled it. And that's what I found. I thought, "There's no way I could have done so much damage!" And then I thought about the baggie. I have no way of knowing how long it was at the store or in the bag.

    Either way, I repotted it in the Schultz Orchid Mix. If that stuff is really bad, once the blooms are gone, I'll repot it in something else. What is the best recommended potting mixture for Phals? What's the best mix for Dens?

    I clipped off all the dead roots, sprinkled it with a tad of rooting hormone, and repotted it. As soon as the mix dries out, I'll douse it with water and fertilizer to rinse off some of the charcoal junk. Good idea? Itís now in a clay pot (was all I had). Good? Bad? Iíll toss it later anyway, itís not big enough to accommodate very much new growth.

    But as you can see, the top most roots survived, those were the ones I could see climbing out of the pot, I mist them almost every day because they dry out so fast, but I didn't want to water the whole thing, just give those roots a little drink. So those are alive and a few more below survived. So, here's the deal, with that much damage, do I need to... *Shudders* cut the flower spike and take more drastic measures?

    It's got five leaves and five blooms. The three bottom leaves are still not very firm, but there's been no change since my last report. No additional yellowing and nothing's fallen off. One of the five blossoms (the very top one) has begun to really wilt (thatís why I decided to pull it out). The others are still lovely and perky.

    Next, on this one root I noticed this:


    Sorry for the blurry photo. I thought it turned out better. Apparently not. What's going on there?!?! What's that green tint? Is that hole possibly more than just superficial damage? I left the root on since I didn't know what to do.

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    I've had Phals that looked much worse than that survive just fine. I'm not sure about the hole, but the green tint looks suspiciously like some of the fertilizer on the market. Did you repot it deep enough to cover most of the roots? It's okay to partially bury the bottom most leaf if you need to.

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    I hope it will be okay. ;_; The two fertilizers I have is a very pale green and it's for orchids, and the other I have is Teal (like that color, but more blue), dilluted to 1/4th strength instead of 1/3. Most of the roots are covered, but for the tops of those ones. They will be misted when needed.

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    The green looks like some kind of dye that came off a tag or something the store had in it ? or maybe one of the twist tie things tying the spike to a stake... or the stake... !they are green . Gin

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    It might have been one of those. I don't remember what the stake looked like because I threw it away and restaked it.

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    Hi Styx,

    Firstly, let me echo Gin & Diane about the strange green stain. It's simply a stain and, while it may look weird, it's not anything harmful to your plant.

    Now, as to your plant's roots, I think the ones remaining look very good. It's quite normal for Phals to have their older roots die off. As long as they keep on producing new, healthy roots, don't worry. And, in spite of your concern about the lower leaves being a bit soft, I'd say the leaves look good, too.

    I think your plant looks fairly happy. I'd leave the spike alone and enjoy the flowers if it were my plant.

    Cheers,

    Rob

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    Whew... *Big sigh*

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    I've had an onc's roots get stained green where the stake used to be. Looked exactly like that. So no worries at all.

    In fact, that phal looks pretty good, still a fair amount of roots. Perhaps raising the humidity can make it more comfortable--losing roots and getting unpotted may be a shock.

    Yeah, no more worries. It'll recover and be really happy again.

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