i just checked the roots and watered yesterday. the stones still sizzle as i water, you do not think it is too dry?
but the roots look fine, still green. in fact i do not see signs of old roots dying but possibly some new roots coming.
but one of the phal has leaves curling up on the edges but i after i watered, it is back to normal today. so it seems there is not enough moisture just through the wicking? or the wicking is really not working? i did check the stones it only feel cool and moist like 4 layers deep. maybe the reservoir is too small? it is about 1 inch, like 3/4 of an inch. my phal has long roots and i need space for roots and stones and the pot is only 6 inches deep. does it matter at all?
maybe the stones are too big. i bought th size firstray recommended though. maybe i should mix some diatomite into it? but it would be too traumatic to unpot and repot this poor phal right now, right?
in this phal, the aerial roots are growing rapidly, like i have not seen before. so maybe it is desperately trying to establish itself? or is it drying up trying hard to look for water?
i think the phals are not going to flower this year after all these trauma! sigh...
i have a small question aside: i bought this neem oil from first ray also but i think because of the freezing weather, it came completely solidfied in a white paste. i have left it at room temperature for more than 2 weeks now but it still have not liquidfy. does it mean it is spoilt now? i wrote to first ray to ask about this but have not heard from him. maybe he is away? if anyone knows what i can do with it apart from throwing it away, i would appreciate a lot.
thanks again for all your advice and interest in my 2 s/h shocked phals.
i really hope s/h works for me. i would like to go completely into s/h.