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Old 02-14-2018, 04:31 AM
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Hi there, my name is Bright. I'm pretty new to caring for Orchids. All the same, I got one mailed to me from my father in Afghanistan. The things he sends me are precious to me, which is why I was incredibly worried to see what looked like white mold of some sort on the roots of my new orchid. And I don't know for sure but otherwise the plant looks reasonably healthy?
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Hello Bright

The orchid you have is a hybrid Phalaenopsis.

What I am proposing may sound drastic, but orchids are tough, and if you have healthy roots, your plant will respond well and should not lose it's flowers prematurely. Do _NOT_ wait until the flowers are done.

It is potted in sphagnum moss. This is usually not good for orchids growing at home. Remove the orchid from the pot, remove all the moss. Rinse off the roots.

Determine if you have any healthy roots. Healthy roots are usually firm, often silvery when dry, they may be yellow or green when wet. Regardless of color, assume that firm roots are OK. Papery feeling roots are already dead, you can pull dead roots off.

If you are unsure if the roots are healthy, post a picture here, showing the exposed roots.

Since you have a little mold, try this. Place the roots of the plant in an empty jar, leaves outside the jar. Soak the roots only for a few minutes, then drain keep in a place with only indirect light. Water again the next day, in the same manner, do this daily for 2 or 3 weeks. The fresh air and drainage should encourage the mold to die. I have Phalaenopsis that have grown happily in empty jars like this for 2 years, so a couple weeks will not hurt yours.

After the 2 or 3 weeks, you should be able to pot in a new well drained pot (many holes), using orchid bark instead of moss. Orchid bark should be easily available in the garden center of any big-box hardware store.

Good luck!
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Tissue that has fuzzy mold growing on it is dead. Follow OW's advice, and report back.
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Yes, I agree with Orchid Whisperer.

The plant has been shipped. It's been cold and dark, and these are warm-loving plants. That kind of mold grows in the cool and dark. The warmer you can keep your plant, the happier it will be. What are your home temperatures like?

Phalaenopsis orchids don't like sun. Bright shade is fine.

And, as Orchid Whisperer mentioned, it is possible to grow this kind of orchid in a glass vase with no medium. You will have time to read more about growing these as your orchid heals.
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