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Old 09-05-2019, 07:38 PM
phantomslaier phantomslaier is offline
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I was given an Orchid from Walmart for my birthday in February, and im super new to orchids. I didn't know it needed to be repotted until a few months after getting it. at that point, a lot of the roots had become rotten, so I had cut them off. All that is left are ariel roots. eventually the flowers on top all fell off and I cut the stem, and since have had some new leaves growing at the top. I'm looking for tips on how I should be potting it and if it looks good.

another note, I have been placing it in shallow water for about an hour and putting it back in the bark pot I have.
some of the ariel roots are becoming hallow feeling and soft. I do not know what I'm doing!!! helpppp lol

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Old 09-06-2019, 07:26 AM
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I think those roots are about to rot away too but I can see a new root nubbin popping out.

Depends on your dedication to keep it alive now whether it will make it.

With orchids it's finding the balance between keeping them as humid as possible without any rot forming.

If you carry on dunking the roots in water every day and let it dry out in between then it should recover.

After that i'ts a matter of getting your watering schedule right so the pot is never water logged
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Old 09-06-2019, 07:39 AM
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I do see that there is a new root just emerging, so that's a good sign, and an indicator that it's approaching the ideal time to pot it up.

If you can tell us more about your growing conditions - where you live, what direction windows face, typical day and night temperatures (especially in winter),humidity - maybe we can make suggestions about a good potting medium for your conditions.

I also recommend that you remove the flower spike altogether, cutting it just above where it emerges from the plant.
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Old 09-07-2019, 03:54 AM
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Iíd leave the flower spike until the attached keiki (baby plant) develops roots that are at least a couple inches long. If anything happens to the parent, thereís a good chance the keiki will make it if it has roots.

The daily soaks will probably eventually work, but Phalaenopsis are slow growers so be prepared for it to take awhile. Between soaks, try to find a bright location that doesnít get any direct sun.

You can also try potting it up, especially once the new root gets an inch long. Iíve potted up my Phalaenopsis that need to regrow roots in 3 inch size clear slotted plots like: 3" Slotted Clear Orchid Pot

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I use a bark mix thatís 5 parts small-medium orchiata bark 1 part charcoal and 1 part perlite. There are many different mixes that can work for Phalaenopsis depending on growing conditions and watering habits. If you want a good ready made mix, rePotme Orchid Supplies has a number of good Phalaenopsis mixes available. Orchid roots need to breath, for me airy bark based mixes have worked best. Iíve also donít have issues with rot if I let the mix get almost to completely dry between waterings. If you pot it up in a clear pot, you can gauge dryness by bark or root color.

Under my conditions, I found myself watering my near rootless Phals in the 3 inch pots every 4-5 days. You can water by holding the plant under the tap or placing it in a container to soak for 5-10 minutes. If you keep it in a cache pot, let all the water drain out of the bark before returning it and make sure that there is space between the walls of the cache pot and the inner pot to ensure that there is enough fresh air in the root zone.

Also, donít treat the roots prophylacticly with hydrogen peroxide: this will damage them. And, leave the remains of the dead air roots on since they will help anchor the plant once you repot. It also looks like itís preparing to drop another leaf, this is part of the plantís way of triaging itself: itís getting rid of leaves that it doesnít have the root mass to support. As long as it has at least one leaf, I wouldnít worry.

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