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This is a discussion on Gray bubbles that pop within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Cut it below the first node as close as you can to the leaves. Most ...

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    Cut it below the first node as close as you can to the leaves. Most of my previously bloomed phals have 1/2" spike nubbies.

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    Ooh. Okay. I'm just going to add that I really don't like Sphagnum moss. I can't wait to get rid of it. I can not get my orchid out of the pot. They really do like being tight in their pots.

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    If the pot is tight, try gentling pushing it again the edge of a table, etc. and working it out...

    You may want to read the articles for BrutalDreamer's instruction on how to repot.

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    I'm finally done repotting my orchid. That only took about 3 hours. Of course some of that time was spent trying to figure out that it had slime mold. Thank you so much for that answer, clintdawley~!
    I cut back the spike to about 1/2" and sprinkled cinnamon powder on it. It was leaning to the side some so I staked it up. The two biggest leaves like to lean to one side so the whole planted wanted to go with it. >.<
    Edit: I forgot to mention that when I was repotting I found the reason for the mold. There was moss up underneath the roots. I did not realize that there was moss underneath the plant. If I had I would not have watered it like I was.

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    That's the reason why the greatest majority of growers repot new plants upon receipt (I guess that's why we buy so heavily in the Spring!) If there's something in there to worry about, you'll find it before rather than after a potential nightmarish problem. Good luck with your phal...you've done all you can do at the moment!




    Quote Originally Posted by xiongmaopanda View Post
    I'm finally done repotting my orchid. That only took about 3 hours. Of course some of that time was spent trying to figure out that it had slime mold. Thank you so much for that answer, clintdawley~!
    I cut back the spike to about 1/2" and sprinkled cinnamon powder on it. It was leaning to the side some so I staked it up. The two biggest leaves like to lean to one side so the whole planted wanted to go with it. >.<
    Edit: I forgot to mention that when I was repotting I found the reason for the mold. There was moss up underneath the roots. I did not realize that there was moss underneath the plant. If I had I would not have watered it like I was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaydra View Post
    That stuff in the second picture was in my new phal that I just bought the other week, too! If that's mold, maybe its a good thing that my cat knocked it over and forced me to repot it - even if it was in bloom. I thought maybe it was some kind of fertilizer...
    If it is tiny grey hard pellets, it is fertilizer. A time release, which I use on all my catts, phals and intergenics. It is commonly used by growers who don't want to bother with mixing and applying liquid fertilizers.

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    to Dianes post, looks like Fert pellets to me in the one photo . Gin

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    This is definitely slime and not fert pellets. The fert pellets are uniform in size and these vary...




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    I found a better picture


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    Ok, now I'm not sure... I don't think they were completely uniform, but when I popped them, the stuff inside them was clear liquid with no smell or slimy feel to it... All I know is my poor phal's leaves are getting all dried out and totally droopy since I repotted her and I have to go out of town till Tuesday! ... Since she's in bloom and I did a little root trimming, I'm afraid I may have to cut the spike to give her a chance to recover. . . At least my mini-rose is going back into bloom....

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    It it popped, I don't think it was fertilizer. At least not any of the ones I have seen.

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