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Hi, new to Orchids, saved an Ice Orchid

This is a discussion on Hi, new to Orchids, saved an Ice Orchid within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I saved an Ice Orchid from the store today, poor thing was in bad shape. ...

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    Default Hi, new to Orchids, saved an Ice Orchid

    I saved an Ice Orchid from the store today, poor thing was in bad shape. I have always LOVED orchids but have heard they are difficult to care for. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about them so I can take proper care of this one. Going to try to attach a pic, any advice is appreciated! Hope it's ok to do it here. I'm wondering if I need to repot? It looks awful crowded, and also it's seems to have a very small amount of bark in there. The clear pot it was in didn't even have any drainage holes?
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    Hello and Welcome! In your first photo it looks like you have a red bloom and a white bloom.The last photo it looks like you have a lot of good roots and two plants in one planter.I would unpot and remove any brown and mushy roots and place each plant into their own pot.I would trim off any spikes that are done blooming.Do not use ice to water your plants.You are correct these plants need to have drainage.they don't like to keep there feet wet. We have many threads here about repotting.
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...rticle-30.html Good Luck,Rich
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    Is it better to wait till they are done blooming to repot? There are no mushy root, just dried out ones. And some rough looking leaves.
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    That is open for debate.I always repot new plants even in bloom.I don't want any unwanted pest that may be inside the pot.Most of the plants for sale here are in moss.I place most of my plants in a bark mix. Have Fun,Rich

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    I also recommend repotting new orchids into a mix that you are comfortable with and suits your watering schedule.

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    Welcome...I also have an Ice, it stayed in bloom for 3months...I now have repotted it after it got done blooming...it seems to be doing well, but I don't do the ice routine.

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    repotting can be done on phals any time, whether in bloom or not. They are forgiving plants, and even like to be repotted because they love new medium
    I would cut the flower spikes, because the plant looks under stress
    Maybe divide the plants? It looks like there are two plants

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