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Round 3 repot phal orchid

This is a discussion on Round 3 repot phal orchid within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; what is causing the leaves to be limp?...

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    what is causing the leaves to be limp?

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    also, if orchids aren't supposed to be in this moss, why does it come in it?

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    As Amey mentioned moss is ok. It's just not the best choice if you tend to overwater. It will retain the water a lot longer which can cause the roots to stay wet too long and rot can set in. When buying a new orchid many people prefer to repot soon after. You get the chance to check out the roots and see what condition they are in. Check for bugs. And you know when it was repotted in fresh medium. I've purchased some that came with moss and others with bark. In my opinion when they come in moss it seems to be too packed in. I have a hard time getting the middle to dry out. So I repot in bark.

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    I think they are often potted in moss for transportation as it stays moist longer and is less work for the store and they dont dry out in transit, I am still weighing up whether I want to keep the few I have in moss as they are or put into bark like the rest of them.

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    Your phalaenopsis orchids all look great. Glad you were able to post the photos. I agree with the advice about repotting. Here is a link to a video I made that might help.

    How to Repot a Phalaenopsis Orchid | River Valley Orchidworks

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    Hi Orchid24, welcome to Orchidtalk. Hopefully the members' suggestions will help in the recuperation and flowering of ur orchids...

    the main thing at the moment is to repot those orchids as others have mentioned to an orchid potting media which is mainly bark or coconut coir.. those are much healthier alternatives for orchids than soil/potting mix.

    also, think about your watering schedule and ensure your potting media does not stay wet too long... a little drying is better than constant wetness.

    good luck and i look forward to seeing the success story from you.. but no pressure.. u can always go and buy another one... and another one.. and another hahahah... (many of us have been through the same process)

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    Another reason they are in moss is that these plants often originate in Asia, and sphagnum moss is one of the few potting materials that is allowed for plants being imported into the United States. There may be similar regulations in other countries.

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    For me, i use a mix of moss and hydro clay beads. i've got 1 in moss and a bit of charcoal in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orchidlady View Post
    Another reason they are in moss is that these plants often originate in Asia, and sphagnum moss is one of the few potting materials that is allowed for plants being imported into the United States. There may be similar regulations in other countries.

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    This is new to me. Most of the orchids I have seen coming from asia are planted in coconut coir/chips. The plants I have seen in moss come from Europe, mostly the Netherlands etc.

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    actually i've also heard about the whole sphag moss medium and it being the preferred medium to import plants... i can't remember what the reason for it is though... probably easier to see nasties if u only have one ingredient in the medium...

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