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Repotted first orchid today!

This is a discussion on Repotted first orchid today! within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I just repotted my first orchid ( Phal stuartiana 'Sogo' HCC/AOS). I was a little ...

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    Default Repotted first orchid today!

    I just repotted my first orchid (Phal stuartiana 'Sogo' HCC/AOS). I was a little nervous trying to do it just right. Had to trim off some broken roots. I dabbed cinnamon on all cuts. It was growing in spagh. and I potted into a mix of fir bark, charcoal, & perlite.

    Did I do ok? I will appreciate any comments. I have another to do tomorrow!


    Is this a new root?



    How do the roots look after trimming? White is new growth?



    Potting depth ok?



    Are these discolorations a problem?

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    Good work, don't be nervous looks like you did great. The little white nubbin does look like a new root. Don't be surprised if you lose a bottom leaf, they will slowly turn yellow or brown,dry and drop off after a few years.

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    Did you dab the cinnamon on the cut roots? There are some varied opinions on using that on the roots. It can dry up the roots and prevent new growth. You can do a search here and find a couple threads about it. I personally wouldn't use it on the roots but on a cut leaf or somewhere I have. I did make the mistake of putting it on the roots before. When I found out I shouldn't have I washed them off and repotted again. The orchid died, I can't say that was why. So far I don't have the best track record

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    Good job, Dana! You did good. Next time when you repot use peroxide instead of using cinnamon. Your phal will be OK- I see good roots and even one new comming out. Keep up the good work!!!

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    Thanks, everyone! Now that I have your feedback, I feel more confident repotting the second one.

    Follow up question: In the last picture, there are dark spots on the underside of leaf. I thought it was pigment, but I just now wiped it with a damp tissue and a black powder came off. The leaf looks ok were the spots were. Is the black powder a problem?

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    I've never heard of a black powder. Is it possible when repotting something could have wiped onto the leaf?

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