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Help with my phalaenopsis

This is a discussion on Help with my phalaenopsis within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; Hello everyone, I am in desperate need of help! I have attached some images of ...

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    Hello everyone,

    I am in desperate need of help! I have attached some images of my Phalaenopsis. Sorry about the quality of my images - I took them using my phone. The last one focuses on the stem - I am not sure you can notice what is left of the stem.

    I am worried as the roots seem to go overboard, and the stem looks deadish. I am not sure if it needs repotting (I suspect so). I cut off the stem about two months ago.

    I would really appreciate your help!
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    Looking at it as it is, it looks a healthy happy orchid though I would recommend repotting into a bark mix as it is too easy to overwater and rot the roots in moss, the flower stem going brown is nothing to worry about, in time it will put up a new stem. The leaves look healthy and firm and the aerial roots have nice growth tips, well done so far you have a happy orchid it seems.

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    Hello Carrie,

    Thank you so much for your prompt and helpful response! I was wondering if I need to get a larger pot that is also transparent. In addition, I am not too sure if I should cover those two aerial roots with the new mix.

    Best regards!

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    Personally I would leave it in a pot the size its in as too big a pot will take too long to dry out and thus lead to rotting of the roots, its a fine balance to water enough but not overwater, if you have had this Phal a while you certainly seem to be doing alright there, I tend to repot orchids I get especially phals as I am still a novice and I like to check what state the roots are in before I have any chance of killing them

    You could either buy another pot the same size or sterilize that pot either by using over the counter hydrogen peroxide or bleaching it but if you use bleach you must rinse it thoroughly before replanting, I tend to reuse pots as I find it hard to get hold of them without buying online and the postage means they cost too much.

    Transparent pots are great as they let you see if there is any moisture in the pot and showing the roots by the outside, giving you an indicator if it needs water or not, green roots tends to indicate its got enough water for the time being and silvery roots with green tips means its time for a drink. ALso transparent pots give the roots a chance to photosynthesise (sp).

    It is absolutely normal for it to have aerial roots if you put them in the pot they will often either rot due to rapid change in conditions or just wind themselves back up again I have experienced both problems when trying to bury aerial roots, many orchids including phalaenopsis grow on trees and thus naturally the roots grow in every direction and adapt to their surrounding.

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    Hello again,

    Thank you so much for taking so much time to answer my question thoroughly. I will take your advice and re-pot it.

    Best regards!

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    Yes, repoting is a good idea. Check out the repotting video on RVO's Care Page. Hope it helps!

    Cheers,
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