Originally Posted by Celtic100
Thanks for answer. Right now it's in sphagnum but I plan on repotting to bark after it's finished. I understand that sphag is not the best medium and I did move another phal last year from sphag to bark and it now has a spike with 6 buds.
What do you consider the "best" all-around fertilizer for orchids?
Moss works for some people-- so I wouldn't say it's not the best as whatever works for you and the plant is best. I use moss on occasion because it can be used to hold a mass of water in my very very dry conditions. It's also what the plant was grown in. If it was grown in wet moss all its life, it'll do just fine. If possible, pull the plant out of its pot and keep an eye on the roots. If they begin to go soft, I would not wait ti repot.
Repotting doesn't necessarily mean you'll lose the blooms. I've repotted plants at all stages of growth with no ill-effect.
I use Grow-More fertilizer for Phals (urea free). I believe its a 20-20-20, though I now that I think on it, I don't think thats right... but its a fairly balanced fertilizer nonetheless. Its the container that is a weird light blue-to-green color (as opposed to other ferts for other orchids that come in containers that are pink or yellow etc). Anyway, I use it at quarter strength and use it with every watering.