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This is a discussion on What should I do????? within the Phalaenopsis ('moth orchid') Information forums, part of the Frequently Asked Questions category; I am appealing for some conclusive help. I have never grown orchids before but fell ...

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    Default What should I do?????

    I am appealing for some conclusive help.
    I have never grown orchids before but fell into the trap of buying a couple of Moth Orchids which had just finished blooming from ---- vendor information removed - see faqs on posting! ----. I had seen on the internet that orchid growing and care is addictive and I can confirm that I am now MAD. The conflicting information I have trolled through has sent me around the bend and I appeal for some conclusive help. As can be seen I have cut the pot with 2 spikes down to the first nodes. The second pot I`ve left most of the spike and reduced it to the point where I think it was still alive.
    1st question is which spike is correct?
    2nd problem is the roots outside of the medium. They are white but the ends are shriveled. Can I cut the shriveld part off?
    For peace of mind can I repot with fresh Orchid compost/mix?
    I think these are my main worries.
    Hope I you can help,
    Regards to all,
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    Hey, Jordy are you out there? Any other Phal masters?

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    Can't say I'm a Phal master, but I can tell you what I do with my Phals. When they have finished blooming I cut the spike very close to the bottom. I generally leave the shriveled tips alone unless I am repotting. Speaking of which, you can certainly repot in fresh compost. Here is a very helpful video you may not have seen yet. Be sure to let us know how it goes.


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    As far as Phal spikes go, I have both cut them and just left them. Sometimes if I cut above a node it may grow the next spike from the node. Now I have started leaving the spikes on the plant until the turn yellow and start to dry up. I have had multiple phals, both potted and mounted that have rebloomed off the same spike or started growing a keikei out of one of the nodes on the spike.

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    I prefer to always cut the spikes off close to the plant when the flowers drop. This practice lets the plant gain strength in roots and leaf production and avoids over taxing the plant to produce more blooms on an older spike. JMHO.

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    Thank you for your replies.
    I think the spike question has been answered and now need to make a concrete decision on what to do with the shriveled roots.
    Can anyone tell me what to definatley do please

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    Yes, you can trim the roots. In my video above we trim some roots (both healthy and shrived) to fit the orchid into the pot. Use a sterilized blade to trim any roots and repot in a fresh mix.

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    Trimming roots off won't hurt the plant. I wouldn't trim them just because they're aerial roots (outside the pot) though. Aerial roots still serve to help the plant and, in nature, all the roots would be aerial roots. You can trim dead roots or if you need to trim live roots to repot the plant properly, it's not a problem. As far as repotting, luckily phals do not mind being repotted. So you can repot it if you want to or if it looks like the medium is breaking down. I think the cutting of the stem has been answered. Basically it's that you can cut it off or not, whichever you want. Good luck.

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    Very nice video....enjoyed watching it...

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    I have three phals. I trimmed the spike on one and it's not doing a thing. Phal number 2 I left spike alone and it has sprouts and a new leaf in the center. The new leaf has a tiny split in the middle at tip of leaf. Roots are at top of medium were light green and plump now are looking dry and hard. Phal number 3 has one wrinkled leaf, spiks look like the ends are turning black and has a new leaf.

    All three plants are on the same shelf. Why are they all acting differently? What can I do to encourage healthy leafs and roots?

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