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Default New Phals - Repot or Be Patient?

Hi again -
More questions from the newbie! I just received these two larger phals as a gift over the weekend. More grocery store rescues! They're both in bloom right now. I've attached pics of their current potting situation as well as they're gorgeous blooms.
I'm a bit concerned about how packed in the roots are - doesn't seem like much room for air flow?
Do I repot these in a day or so, or do I need to wait until the flower spikes die off? I'm afraid to wait too long if they're not getting the air and drainage they need. Thoughts? Thanks once again!
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Personally I would leave them as they are potted in what looks like bark and it's not from what I can see degraded. The second one anyway..too hard to tell about the frist. Phals like being in small pots and that way it's harder to over-water. I would watch my watering and wait until the blooms are finished, then do a re-pot just in time for spring and summer growing season. But it's up to you. Nice phals you have there goodluck!

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I think you should wait, you can put you fingers in the pot to loosen the bark a little and you could mist the roots that are hanging outside the pot so they get water. Goodluck with your new phals
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You can definitely wait on the second one. It's in a sloted, clear plastic pot with a bark mix. That's perfect. The first one looks like it might be in sphagnum. You can wait to repot it but be very careful about watering. If you decide to repot the one that's in sphagnum, it may not effect the flowers at all but sometimes the flowers will die more quickly than normal after repotting. Just do what feels right to you. I think you'll be fine either way.
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Thanks everyone! I'll probably just sit tight for a little while.
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