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1st orchid ever...help please!

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    Hi guys,
    I am a new member to this forum and also new to taking care of plants. I recently got this (which i am hoping is a phalaenopsis) orchid as a graduation present from my dad and i'm obsessed with it. I did my own research and now after reading everything everyone writes about how to take care of them i have some questions, which i am hoping you guys can answer with these pictures...








    1st question- do i need to repot? the pot its in right now has no holes for drainage and is it in the right soil?
    2nd question- if you look at the 1st photot, that black root..does it has root rot already??
    3rd question- how should i water the plant since the pot has no holes for drainage?
    4th question- should the petals of the flowers be falling off already like it seems to be in the last photo? will it bloom again?

    thanks for reading, any answers will be greatly appreciated. I really love this plant and want it to last as long as it can :]

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    1. If there are no drainage holes, you need to repot into something that does have holes. Looks like the plant is currently potted in sphagnum moss. I actually have one of my phals potted in LOOSE sphagnum, and it is quite happy, but it looks pretty densely packed in your photo. Most people use a orchid bark mix for phals. i actually kind of like using loosely packed sphagnum because you can stick a finger down into it to see if it is still moist more easily than with bark. I let mine dry out most of the way before watering again.
    2. i would unpot the plant and check the roots. If they are mushy and brown, cut them off with a sterile blade. Make sure to sterilize in between cuts. You can boil a knife blade or scissor blades to do this, or use a disinfectant solution. Good roots are usually firm and green. Looks like you have some of both.
    3. Definitely get a pot with holes
    4. The flowers might just be at the end of their life span, but sometimes changing the plant's environment (humidity, light, etc) can cause flower loss. Is your plant near an air conditioning vent? Drafts can cause loss of blooms too. I usually cut off the flower spike at the bottom after the blooms drop, but sometimes they can put out another spike from the old spike. Yours may or may not bloom again this year, but I usually put my phals outside during the early fall to start the spike. A nighttime drop in temp to about 55-65 degrees will usually put the plant in spike.

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    If you want to try to get another spike from the existing one. Then once the flowers drop cut the spike above the base 2 or 3 bracts. So it will be about half a foot to a foot long. Then just wait and continue a weak fert regimen .....oh yah....you can also burn with a lighter to sterilize.

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    I would remove that Phal from that pot ASAP. Check out this link: Repoting your orchid (phals). There is a video at the bottom of the page too. Also, in our article library, Eric (Emos), wrote a great article with photos about repotting a phal.

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    So how should you decide whether to cut the spike or wait for new growth? And why does putting it outside encourage spike growth? Sorry if i'm thread jacking but laura looks like she got your answers covered

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    It depends on if your orchid is healthy enough to use energy into blooming again if not then cut the spike off and that way the orchid can focus its energy into growing new leaves and roots =). You dont neccessarily need to put the orchid outside but some orchids require a drop in temperature in order to spike again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uscalus storm View Post
    So how should you decide whether to cut the spike or wait for new growth? And why does putting it outside encourage spike growth? Sorry if i'm thread jacking but laura looks like she got your answers covered

    Michael, check out this article on growing Phalaenopsis Orchids. Growing the Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)

    The article covers water, food, air and temp requirements. I hope it helps you.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by aww View Post
    Hi guys,
    I am a new member to this forum and also new to taking care of plants. I recently got this (which i am hoping is a phalaenopsis) orchid as a graduation present from my dad and i'm obsessed with it. I did my own research and now after reading everything everyone writes about how to take care of them i have some questions, which i am hoping you guys can answer with these pictures...








    1st question- do i need to repot? the pot its in right now has no holes for drainage and is it in the right soil?
    2nd question- if you look at the 1st photot, that black root..does it has root rot already??
    3rd question- how should i water the plant since the pot has no holes for drainage?
    4th question- should the petals of the flowers be falling off already like it seems to be in the last photo? will it bloom again?

    thanks for reading, any answers will be greatly appreciated. I really love this plant and want it to last as long as it can :]
    Yes repot. That pot is not the appropriate kind for any orchid.
    yes, that is root rot in the second photo, repot and cut it
    repot, and watering should be done once a week, run water on the plant until water drips out
    It seems under stress, repot and give it care. Flowers last more than a month usually 3-5 but who knows how long these guys have been in bloom

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