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Just ordinary big-box-store Phals.

This is a discussion on Just ordinary big-box-store Phals. within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Just thought I'd share my loot from my bday party gifts last Friday: And, of ...

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    Default Just ordinary big-box-store Phals.

    Just thought I'd share my loot from my bday party gifts last Friday:







    And, of course, my funny husband named them Bella 1, Bella 2, and Bella 3... from the Twilight series... because, like Bella in the story, he says they don't know it yet but they're doomed. Grrrr....

    I'm waiting for the blooms to die off before I repot... or, should I just go ahead and repot anyway to make sure the roots don't start rotting off? I read a post on here that says to repot big-box-store orchids immediately, bloom or not, because waiting for the bloom to die off might be too late for the roots.

    Also, why do all the phals from the store come in a plastic container inside a clay pot with moss?

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    Happy Birthday Tess. They are beautiful. And I think your hubby is in for a big surprise. LOL

    My BB Phal is potted the same way, but in bark rather than moss (thank goodness). I haven't touched her, especially since she's in bud right now. I'm going to wait until she's done blooming before I try to repot her. Sadly, mine had a blooming spike and a blooming spike that was broken off and just shoved into the medium, so now I'm down to just the one, but the plant seems happy and healthy. She's a thirsty sucker though. LOL

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    Happy Belated Birthday Wishes, Tess! Sorry I missed the day. Looks like a nice haul there. Very pretty; especially the white. You can ease the plant out of the pot to check the roots and it will probably be ok to wait until the blooms drop. Box stores notoriously overwater orchids. I've gotten a few jammed with moss and soaking wet. I just pulled some of the moss away from the roots and put them back in the pot until the blooms died then repotted and the came out fine. Getting air to the roots is important and I cannot understand why growers pack the moss in so tightly. Maybe for transportation I guess. ANywy, good luck with the Bellas, and a poo-poo for your husband for being so negative. you're gonna show him!

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    I love the big whit Phal. I like to call that type "bed sheets" . It's funny to me to read about all the problems using sphagnum moss. That's what I use for all my Phals and have for years. I layer with styrofoam peanuts and am careful to pack loosely. I also let it get quite dry before watering again. For my conditions it works great.

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    The last big box store phal I bught in February of this year is till blooming. It was planted in sphagnum moss. I pulled it out of the pot to check the roots, left it out of he pot overnight, loosened up the sphag that hed been tightly packed and put the root ball with half the sphag back in the pot. Here at the end of April, the flowers are just starting to fade and wilt.

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    Hi, Tess. I noticed that in the big box stores they either overwater, or killing them without any water for a while. The problem with the orchids there is not only watering. Also they were repoted right before shipment. Many times I've seen brand new moss around 4" either older one or something else in a bigger pod with higher price. Not that I am an expert, but I am at the big box store twice a day for something and I've seen alot... There was a new arrival- beautiful minis in glazed pots... They all are going to die. I wish I could buy them all....Anyway, You just make sure yours have air and good drainage and you should be fine.

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    Happy Birthday Tess... and what a great presents those are! I'm no box store phal expert, so I'll let the others provide the advise!

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    Happy belated birthday Tess.. They're still beautifull..

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    I was so depressed today...

    These flowers are sooo pretty that I expected their roots to be shiny green. I took one of them out of the pot to check and sure enough, I see green roots, not shiny, but still green crawling over the moss. So, I tried to break apart the moss - the thing was so tightly packed I couldn't even peel off a single layer. I finally managed to take a peek at the roots at the center of the ball... AND THEY WERE BLACK! The moss on the outside is crinkly dry but the moss at the ball is super damp. I haven't watered these gals ever since I got them last Friday because everytime I stick a bbq stick in there it comes out wet. So, I took out all the moss clipped off the black roots, put styrofoam pieces on the bottom of the pot and put the plant back in with about less than half the moss. The very outside roots are all green (the ones on top of the moss), some roots underneath are yellow, the rest are black.

    I did the same thing to the other 2 phals and it is the same story - tightly packed, wet center, crinkly outer, black roots in the middle, most other roots yellow. They all came from the same box-store, so it's understandable.

    I am expecting all these blooms to die tomorrow. WAAAAAAAA! I am the orchid killer! Grrrr...

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    remember, you got them in that sorry state from the store, so don't beat yourself up on it...

    sounds to me like you may have done them a favour by unpotting them... leaving them when the roots are starting to rot would have been sure death.. but at least now they have a fighting chance!

    fingers crossed and good luck Tess!

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