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Advice on first phal orchid continuing care

This is a discussion on Advice on first phal orchid continuing care within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; While back I decided that I wanted to keep a plant in my room to ...

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    Ecco is offline Junior Member
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    Default Advice on first phal orchid continuing care

    While back I decided that I wanted to keep a plant in my room to liven things up a bit and give me something to care for. Don't remember what my first plant was but it did fine till I neglected to water it for a little too long (not the first time I'd been a little late either...) and it decided that it wasn't going to come back that time.

    Months later I was looking through the plants at my local grocery store and saw that they had orchids, and decided to pick this phal up. It seemed to be in decent shape considering I was buying from a grocery store, few of the leaves cracked a bit, but blooming nicely and overall looking healthy as far as I could tell in my relative ignorance.

    Well, that was last summer if I recall (may have been earlier. Not entirely sure.) and I'm happy that I've managed to avoid accidentally killing it one way or another. Think it's actually doing quite well, having grown two new leaves already this year, but at this point I know I've had it for close to a year, if not fully a year. Probably time to replace the growing medium, even if it does still seem to drain/dry pretty well despite being (as far as I can tell) 100% Sphagnum Moss with a handful of packing peanuts at the bottom. I'd rather be safe and avoid potential trouble down the road that may come with putting it off. Was considering ordering this Phalaenopsis Monterey Imperial Orchid Mix I was curious to hear some thoughts from anyone who knows more about phal potting mix.

    Any other general advise would be much appreciated. Posted a couple pics of my phal below, so you can get an idea of how it looks.



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    ssbphal is offline Junior Member
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    Ecco,

    The plant appears to be doing well. All Phals. should be repotted each year. You will find many dead roots at the bottom due to the moss. This is not uncommon. I prefer a mix that is bark, moss, charcoal and the peanuts at the bottom. The mix that you mentioned will work fine. The rule of thumb with Phals. is not to water them until they are dry. A must for all large 4n Phals is to fertilize often. I do every watering with half strength MSG.

    Dan

    Dan

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