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Supermarket impulse Phal

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    I normally don't spend over $10 on a supermarket orchid but this one, despite not being orange, caught my eye. Maybe it's because I'm away from home for the month on a rotation or that it was just unusual. It was very overpriced because it was decorated for the 4th in a mason jar with seashells and bark. It has a slightly limp leaf but the roots I could see were green. I don't know if the store repotted it in the jar or of the grower sent a few overpriced ones that way. When I got it back to the apartment I decided I had to repot it immediately. I was going to reuse the bark but it had a smell that I think was fungus setting in from the bark staying wet too long in a glass jar with no drainage. I found orchid bark and charcoal mix at a home improvement store and potted it in that in a terra cotta pot I purchased. I'm going to water it tomorrow because it's already night and I don't want to leave it in either a cool apartment or on a humid balcony wet overnight. Also maybe I scratched a root or two when I reported in dry bark so I will give it time to dry a little.
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    Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    Thanks Chris. I think it's looking a little better. I flushed it really well with water this morning. We will see if its lives. Not sure why I really had to have it. The two neighbors were purchased at another store and I got both of them for less than the price of this one. Name:  IMG_0167.JPG
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    those are really nice pastel flowers and look big in those pictures. Looks healthy

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    Yes Costas they are fairly large about the size of the palm of my hand. It was surprisingly healthy looking in the root area despite I suspect being taken out of its pot and put in the jar with all of that soaking wet bark and seashells. It was a ridiculous set up. The light is very indirect in the bedroom so maybe that's a good thing while it recovers from the repotting. I have a balcony at the apartment I am staying at but I think it gets way too much sun.

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    It's pretty Traci! Good thing to save it!

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    They are all very pretty, I believe you did the right thing by bringing it home! Looks so lovely!

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    I'm in the process of reblooming one of these for a friend that threw it away, during move couldn't care for it, she mentioned how she liked it and was sad to throw it away, so I do have confidence yours will be just fine!! Keep it cool to stay in bloom, under 78° otherwise it will drop the flowers and go into vegetative growth
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    It seems to be doing a lot better now that I mixed some spaghnum in with the mix that I had. It was getting too dry too quickly. I think it was the pastel colors that I had to have. It wasn't like other phals I have seen in the grocery store.

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