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After Repotting my 2 Phals...

This is a discussion on After Repotting my 2 Phals... within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I recently repotted 2 Phals. Here's what I did: 1- Pre soaked my bark mix ...

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    Red face After Repotting my 2 Phals...

    I recently repotted 2 Phals. Here's what I did:

    1- Pre soaked my bark mix overnight
    2- Clipped rotted roots off, soaked remaining live/cut roots in 50/50 peroxide/water for 30 minutes.
    3 - Put rocks and styrofoam in the bottom of pot.
    4- Put mix in, the Phals, then more mix and a bit of moss on top.
    5 - I watered.
    6 - Put the newly potted plants into the bathroom without windows to heal.

    Recently, I've noticed the leaves getting just a bit sad and droopy.

    What I didn't know at the time is to not water after repotting - but I did. What can happen as a result of that? How can I check? Help appreciated~!

    I'm wondering how many times I have to re-pot to get it right lol.

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    Hi Don,

    First off, it is fine to water when repotting. We ALWAYS do though some growers do not.

    What I am most concerned with is that you have placed your orchids in a room where they get no light. They need light. If your phals were sick and have very little leaves/ (leaf surface), then very low light is recommended. But, if you have repotted healthy orchids, they need adequate light to photosynthesize.

    Do you have a photo of the orchids in their current condition/ location? It would be helpful to see how they look to offer further advice.

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    Thumbs up Thanks for the fast note BD

    Oh! I'll put them in my normal spot instead of the bathroom. Also, I can probably post a snapshot of them this evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donsjuand View Post
    Oh! I'll put them in my normal spot instead of the bathroom. Also, I can probably post a snapshot of them this evening.
    Great.

    Cheers,
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    Question Back into their normal Spot

    Hi BD.
    Following your advice, here's what my first Phals look like back in their normal spot after I made a humid spot with rocks from the river near my place and a glass table tray.

    I was concerned that due to a few of the smaller leafs curling slighty and the big one starting to droop after being transplanted, that something was wrong.

    I assumed that because I had cut some roots off, that they would need a break from sun to heal, but they do have some healthy roots left as you can see in the photo. Perhaps I just need to be patient and let water and light do their thing...What do you think?

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    I don't see your photo, but that sounds right. You may need to resize your photo to upload it.

    Cheers,
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    Default Here are the photos

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    Since I've moved these into some light they seem to be happy. I realize making some mistakes with my first few orchids is inevitable :P

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    I've recently had throw out one of these due to root rot that spread up to the crown/root ball despite my clipping off dead roots and soaking in peroxide. I just gave my second one shown above it's first regular watering with some Hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per liter.

    What doesn't help new growers is getting plants that are sent to big stores overpacked with wet spagnum moss and already have root rot that can't be seen through the pot. People just repot these right away it seems, as a result. If you don't repot, your Phal will die to root rot as mine did.

    Does anyone know where to find fungicide in Ottawa, Ontario? Or a similar product that can be ordered online in Canada? IF so, please PM the info.

    Physan 20 isn't sold at stores in Canada.

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