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Thread: Repotted my second Phal.

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    Default Repotted my second Phal.

    This is my second orchid, and the roots were in pretty sad shape, so I decided to repot her promptly instead of waiting for the blooms to fade. Given that the spike is branched and looks to be still actively growing I did not think waiting would be a good choice.

    I gave her a good watering so the roots would be flexible and then got her out of her pot, trimmed up the roots (all those dead ones! poor baby!), and repotted her all safe and sound. Actually reseating her in the pot and getting the bark in was tricky - there's definitely a learning curve there that I am on the beginning end of. I'm worried I may not have gotten enough medium around her roots - there are some airy gaps visible through the pot. I can pick her up by the stem though, and the pot stay put, so I hope it's close enough.

    The way the inflorescence on this plant branches fascinates me. Sadly, I broke the branch with the large buds off during the potting process, so I am now pinning my hopes on the smaller less mature branch and it's buds. If those blast from all the stress of moving and repotting, then I'll go ahead and cut back the spike to let the plant recover for next year.

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    Your repot looks good. Congratulations. I like to use the blunt end of a bamboo skewer or orchid stake to push medium down in around the roots. You can't always fill all air gaps but you can fill some that way.

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    Bruce Brown
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    Looks very nice, Anna. Good repotting of that orchid.


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